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SCLS Board of Trustees

June 12, 2006 - 12:15 p.m.
SCLS Administration

Present:  T. Brown, F. Cherney, R. Curtis, L. Davis-Brown, E. DeSchmidt, J. Hanson, J. Healy-Plotkin, M. Howe, R. Keen, N. Nelson, H. O’Donnell, G. Poulson, P. Townsend, J. Wheeler, K. Williams

Also Present:  P. Davis, H. Moe, B. Dimick, David Odahl
Absent:           E. Krszjzaniek
Excused:         T. Iaccarino, J. Kreten, C. McGuire, J. Pugh,  J. Taft, P. Westby

Call to Order: Vice President F. Cherney called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m.

  1. Introduction of guests/visitors and new board members: David Odahl of Wegner LLP, CPAs and Consultants
  2. Changes/additions to the agenda: None
  3. Requests to address the board: None

Minutes: P. Townsend moved approval of the May 8, 2006 minutes.  G. Poulson seconded.  Motion carried.

Bills for Payment/Financial Statements:  B. Keen moved approval of the bills for payment in the amount of $188,202.31.  J. Hanson seconded.  Motion carried.   

President's Report:  No report.

Committee Reports

System Celebration: 
R. Curtis reported the committee chose the recipients for the Public Official of the Year, Trustee of the Year and the special award recipient.  The celebration will be held at the Wintergreen Resort in WI Dells on September 21, 2006.  Social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner follows at 7 p.m. 

SCLS Foundation Report:  L. Davis Brown reported the following:  The planning committee is finalizing the case statement for support, an endowment fund management agreement is in the works as well as an investment policy with M&I Trust, a campaign committee is being organized, and the board continues to recruit trustee members and community leaders to assist in fundraising.   

Circulation and ILL Statistics: It was noted that Madison Public Library circulation total for April 2005 was exactly the same as April 2006.

2005 Audit Report: David Odahl presented the audit report for 2005. He noted there were no problems with the audit.  Discussion and questions followed and the board unanimously accepted the report as presented.

System Director's Report: 

Net Neutrality:  The house passed the telecommunication bill without the net neutrality amendment, but there is hope the Senate version will include it.

CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act): DC circuit court of appeals supported the FCC in extending CALEA to Internet access and Voice over IP.  From the ALA press release: “Although the decision has no direct effect on libraries because the FCC previously determined that it is not in the public interest to cover libraries, we agree with our co-petitions that the decision is damaging both to civil liberties and technology innovation.  While libraries are pleased with the fact that CALEA does not extend to their operations today, we continue to be concerned with the logic and reasoning of the court upholding the FCC’s order and it’s implications for library Internet-based services tomorrow.”

LSTA:  The House Appropriations subcommittee that has jurisdiction over library programs released recommended increased funding levels for LSTA in 2007.  The full house Appropriations committee meets this week and will consider the Subcommittees’ recommendation.

WI Act 420:  On June 1, Mt. Horeb re-opened service to residents of the South West Library System.  The Mt. Horeb library board will be meeting to discuss and consider what to do about the Barneveld residents.

At the recent state IT meeting, SCLS Staff were surprised to hear that TEACH funding has been exhausted.  Libraries had been encouraged to order just enough bandwidth for current needs, with the idea that they could expand as needed.  Now, that may not be possible and some systems are already in need of more.

There are director vacancies for Vesper, Albany and Black Earth as well as the Milwaukee Public Library.

LINK passed the proposed 2007 budget on Thursday.  It included a provision to hire some Limited Term Employees during the conversion to Horizon.  Our employee handbook is being updated, at the suggestion of our lawyer, to determine our obligation to limited term employment.

The new Sun Server for LINK operations will be installed on Wednesday.

SCLS is following the state’s ILL selection process.  There were some interesting items in the RFP, which included ownership of records.  Demonstrations are scheduled for July 13, 14, and 17.  Stef Morrill and Cheryl Becker will be attending.

Applications for the Associate Director position are due on July 22, 2006.  The Selection Committee is being formed and interviews have been tentatively scheduled for July 31 and August 1 and 2nd.

Several staff members will be attending the ALA annual conference in New Orleans.

Phyllis is working on the Mid-year budget.


Information Sharing:
K. Williams noted she received a pen from Governor Doyle’s signing of the Library Reform Bill into law.  She passed the pen around for all to see.

The board received copies of the Selected Accomplishments for 2005 brochure.

F. Cherney noted that the Vesper library has received several “over-qualified” applicants for the director position.

Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC) Report:

Multitype Advisory Committee (MALC) Report:

LINK Report:

Agenda and Minutes for the above committees can be found on the web at:

Other Business: None

Meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

H. Moe, Recorder       


For more information about the Board of Trustees, contact Heidi Moe.