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SCLS Board of Trustees


July 9, 2007 - 12:15 p.m.
SCLS Administration

Present:  R. Barden, F. Cherney, L. Davis-Brown, J. Hanson, J. Healy-Plotkin, M. Howe, T. Iaccarino, R. Keen, T. McIlroy, N. Myers, H. O’Donnell, J. Pugh, L. Schmidt, P. Westby, J. Wheeler

Also Present:  P. Davis, H. Moe, S. Morrill, B. Dimick
Absent:           E. DeSmidt, G. Markle, C. McGuire,
Excused:         R. Curtis, J. Kreten, N. Nelson, G. Poulson, P. Townsend

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

  1. Introduction of guests/visitors and new board members: Kerri Hilbelink, the newly hired Electronic Library Resources Support Specialist, was introduced.
  2. Changes/additions to the agenda: None
  3. Requests to address the board: None

Minutes: M. Howe moved approval of the June 11, 2007 minutes.  R. Barden seconded. Motion carried.

Bills for Payment/Financial Statements: M. Howe moved approval of the bills for payment in the amount of $150,675.19.  T. Iaccarino seconded.  Motion carried.   

President's Report:  No report.

Committee Reports:  None

SCLS Foundation Report:  L. Davis-Brown noted the board feels it needs to create more awareness among the community about the existence of the foundation and its purpose, as well as recruiting individuals for the honorary committee.  Phyllis noted Brodhead has joined the foundation and she and Bob visited the Cambria board recently and will be heading to Belleville this week.

Circulation and ILL Statistics:  

System Director's Report: 

The Assembly will convene on July 10th to begin floor deliberations on the budget bill.  It is expected the Republican substitute and supporting papers from the Fiscal Bureau will be available Monday afternoon.

The Sixty Books project has been completed and is available to view at:

The SCLS technology plan needs to be re-written by June 15, 2008 for the state and E-rate.

Phyllis shared some highlights of her attendance at the ALA Conference.  She also noted the LINK handout, which was distributed to specific vendors at ALA as a way to introduce LINK – who we are, what we do, etc.

A search for the replacement of Dynix Classic is in the works.  WiLSWorld will be holding a session next week on an “open source” option.

Annual staff reviews are underway and the annual plan is being prepared for 2008.

Julie Chase agreed to attend a future Board meeting to present and discuss the Dane County study.

Stef reiterated her happiness about having Kerri onboard.  She’s already tackled some things that have been outstanding way too long. 

Shawn Brommer submitted an application for the 2008 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, and we have been selected to host this lecture.  The speaker fee and travel is paid for, and SCLS will pay for local arrangements. This is a great honor, with libraries all over the country applying to host it.  The speaker will be David Macauley and we expect the lecture to take place in April or May 2008.  The lecture will be the grand finale to an all-day conference that examines the ways that graphic design, architectural design, construction, and math and science can be used to enhance developmentally appropriate programs for children.  So, staff (especially Shawn and Jean) will be working hard planning this event.  We’ll keep you updated.

(In case you were wondering, May Hill Arbuthnot was one of the creators of the Curriculum Foundation Readers – the “Dick and Jane” series – and the author of Children and Books, the first edition was published in 1947.)

Cheryl Becker is going to be the chair for the 2008 WLA Conference.  A bunch of SCLS staff members will be working on her committee (Mark, Shawn, Jean).

The report from the WPLC Survey of library users and non-users in Wisconsin is now available.  There are some interesting findings in the report, with ramifications for future planning for us and our member libraries.  We feel this would be a worthy thing for the emerging issues committee to take a look at and report back to the entire Board.

The SCLS reference committee met in June and made recommendations for purchase for 2008.  They recommended pursuing Learning Express, which is a test preparation product.  They would also like to get Rosetta Stone, which is a language learning system (great for ESL), but would like SCLS to look at possible partnerships for this service.  Administration staff will be meeting to talk about this soon.

Next week is the beginning of our gadget training for the member libraries.  We took a portion of the LSTA technology grant to buy  “gadgets” to train library staff on what consumers are using, as well as to get them thinking about the impact of consumer electronics on libraries.  There are six sessions next week, with a total of 84 spaces, and all but ten of those are already filled.  We’ve had requests from Madison, OWLS, LaCrosse, and Southwest for us to take the show on the road. 

Also, our games package is out for libraries to use, and it’s becoming very popular already.

Stef inquired if the Board would be interested in taking a tour of delivery.  Several indicated they would and agreed they could do so prior to the board meeting in August.

Information Sharing:  J. Wheeler noted Sauk County received the county total obligation for cross border payment.  She asked if figures were available to compare between other counties.

F. Cherney noted COLAND will be meeting in Verona on Friday.

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:

  1. Update resolution for acceptance in the Local Government Property Insurance Fund.  B. Keen moved approval that the resolution be updated.  M. Howe seconded.  Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.

The SLP video was viewed following the board meeting.

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