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SCLS Board of Trustees

August 8, 2005 - 12:15 p.m.
SCLS Administration

Present: T. Brown, R. Curtis, L. Davis-Brown, E. DeSmidt, J. Hanson, M. Howe, T. Iaccarino, A. Iwata, R. Keen, C. McGuire, N. Nelson, H. O’Donnell, G. Poulson, J. Pugh, J. Taft, P. Townsend, P. Westby, J. Wheeler, W. Zimdars

Also Present: P. Hamon, P. Davis, H. Moe, B. Dimick
Absent: T. Patton
Excused: F. Cherney, J. Kreten, K. Williams,

Call to Order: President J. Taft called the meeting to order at 12:18 p.m.
a. Introduction of guests/visitors and new board members: Cliff Miller from the Capital Times was introduced.
b. Changes/additions to the agenda: None
c. Requests to address the board: None

Minutes: M. Howe moved approval of the July 11, 2005 minutes. J. Taft asked that the minutes be amended to include the appointment of R. Curtis and J. Pugh to the Selection Committee. Motion carried and the minutes were approved.

Bills for Payment/Financial Statements: G Poulson moved approval of the bills for payment in the amount of $128,816.29. M. Howe seconded. Motion carried.

President's Report: J. Taft encouraged everyone to attend System Celebration on September 15. Jack has appointed a committee to advice on suitable ways to recognize Peter’s accomplishments as Director of SCLS. R. Keen, G. Poulson, F. Cherney and P. Davis have been appointed to that committee.

Committee Reports:

Budget/Finance/Personnel: T. Brown noted the committee met July 25th to review the mid-year budget. On behalf of the Budget/Finance/Personnel Committee, T. Brown moved approval of the mid-year budget as presented. W. Zimdars seconded. After discussion of key budget issues, the motion carried.

Emerging Issues – the Library Landscape: J. Pugh discussed six topics and their implications for libraries in SCLS. They include staffing, new roles for libraries, accommodating users, funding/political picture, content and collections, and technology.

Circulation and ILL Statistics:

System Director's Report:

The state budget has been passed and signed, and a slight increase in system funding is still included.

There are ILL issues outstanding – Peter is pursuing answers to questions regarding criteria and standards for gaining access to services available through the state level interloan contracts.

Brodhead Memorial Library has voted to join LINK.

Francis Cherney has been appointed to COLAND.

Peter discussed two pending bills – one of them being SB258, which consists of using the motion picture rating system for materials in a library. Parental approval for minors to check out R-rated materials would be required by libraries. Libraries are opposed to this bill as is the motion picture association.

The other bill is AB483, concerning the system membership requirement of maintenance of effort. This bill eliminates the requirements of a county in a public library system to maintain its financial support for library services at a level that is not lower than the average of the previous three years. Also, a municipal, county or joint public library participating in a public library system must also receive funding from its parent body at a level that is not lower than the average of the previous three years. SCLS, as well as most of the rest of the public library community, is opposed to this legislation.

A two-year levy limit on local governments with increases linked to 2% or new construction, whichever is greater, is included in the Governor’s budget. This would allow the limits to be exceeded by referendum vote and would also allow towns with populations under 2,000 to exceed the statutory limit by a town meeting vote of the electors in addition to the referendum option. The Department of Revenue has been approached to determine if any kind of exemption for libraries can be made. This seems unlikely.

Folks can register for System Celebration online. The event takes place September 15.

Information Sharing: None

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 1:05 p.m.

H. Moe, Recorder


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