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Approved at the March 27, 2014 Board of Trustees Meeting

SCLS Board of Trustees
February 27, 2014 12:15 p.m.
SCLS Headquarters

Present: J. Ashford, N. Brien, J. Carter, F. Cherney, P. Cox, L. Davis-Brown, M. Furgal, J. Harrington, D. Heimstead, M. Hokamp, T. Iaccarino, J. Krems, S. Martin, M. McCarville, K. Michaelis, M. Nelson, G. Poulson, J. Pugh
Also Present:  K. Goeden, M. Van Pelt
Absent:  S. Carter
Excused: P. Behling, P. Westby

Call to Order: J. Harrington, President, called the meeting to order at 12:17 p.m. 

  1. Introduction of guests/visitors:  None
  2. Changes/additions to the agenda: None
  3. Requests to address the board:  None

Minutes:  J. Ashford moved approval of the January 23, 2014 minutes.  S. Martin seconded.  Motion carried.

Bills for Payment/Financial Statements:
L. Davis-Brown reviewed the bills for payment in the amount of $1,324,043.34 and moved approval.  J. Pugh seconded.  Motion carried. 

Board Member Biographies: 
M. Furgal and M. McCarville presented their biographies.  P. Behling and J. Pugh will present in March.

Presentation:  None

Committee Reports: 
M. Nelson noted Library Legislative Day was well attended with over 160 attendees.  

Action Items: 
Approval of Annual System Report:  G. Poulson moved approval of the annual system report.  P. Cox seconded.  Motion carried.

SCLS Foundation Report:  M. Van Pelt noted J. Pugh was elected President and T. Iaccarino, Vice President. New Glarus and Plain withdrew their funds and Monroe withdrew a large amount of their funds for a building project.  The foundation earned $33,000 in 2013 even after the withdrawals.  Recipients for the Cornerstone are needed.  Let M. Van Pelt know of any possible candidates. 

Circulation and ILL Statistics:  J. Carter inquired why circulation was down from 2013 to 2014 in January.  Some libraries have shortened their open hours for 2014 and the cold weather closings affected circulation.

System Director's Report:  M. Van Pelt noted D. Anton Wright has resigned.  Her last day will be 3/7/14 and her position will not be filled.  Her duties will be divided between the other consultants and administration.  The board received a handout of the board education topics for 2014 and added that they would like to have V. Teal Lovely discuss broadband and a presentation regarding marketing databases to library customers.

Administrative Council (AC) Report:  The All Directors meeting will be held March 4th at Portage Public Library and 2015 service priorities will be discussed.  The July All Directors meeting will be held in the Dells with an optional afternoon “outing” for those interested in participating.  The February 20, 2014 AC Minutes may be viewed here:

Other Business:  J. Harrington requested the executive committee meet briefly after the board meeting.

Information sharing:  S. Martin noted she is concerned about not replacing the Public Library Consultant position and the workload involved for the other consultants.  P. Cox would like to see more men involved in book groups.  And lastly, P. Cherney noted the saying about not standing behind a cow with a sneeze is not correct… the saying is don’t stand behind a cow with a cough.  Good to know!!

The next board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27th at SCLS Headquarters.

Meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m. 
Heidi Moe, Recorder