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Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC)

Thursday, February 2, 2006
SCLS Administration

Present: Davis, Hartman, Jensen, Johnson, Ponshock, Yurgil
Handouts: None

CALL TO ORDER: A. Johnson, V. Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:08 a.m.


MINUTES: H. Jensen moved approval of the January 5, 2006 minutes. S. Hartman seconded. Motion carried.


Phyllis noted she attended a SRLAAW meeting where David Weinhold, Director of Eastern Shores Library System, discussed some issues that are occurring in Ozaukee County. Other systems are going to adopt what SCLS libraries are doing by gathering emails from library advocates. If legislators hear from many library supporters, it could help with budget requests in the future.

There was a good turnout for library legislative day from the SCLS area. Major issues for systems included SB272, the reform bill, and AB483, which as amended would replace maintenance of effort with a complex process.

CALEA, Community Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, could affect library privacy by forcing telecommunications companies to comply with wire tapping. As it stands, there are no exemptions for libraries. This puts libraries in a position to record Interent use, which effects staff time, money, and storage of records. ALA is against this act.

The SCLS Foundation board met and signed the paperwork necessary to apply for the tax exempt 501 (c)(3) status. Jodi Bender Sweeney will present the preliminary report of her survey at the 2/13/06 Board meeting. A nice contribution was received from Chester Pismo Snavely.

The partnership with WPT for the “Raising Cain” program is taking off. Ten libraries are participating in the program. Deerfield had a great turnout for the program.

Sallly Drew at Reference and Loan called a meeting to discuss ILL with systems that have and have not switched to OCLC. Deb Johnson has been hired to facilitate the meeting. Phyllis met with Barb Dimick and several other public library system members to discuss ILL issues. From the standpoint of SCLS, OCLC is working very well and service has improved.

Bruce and Bob are attending a Statewide Delivery Advisory meeting. At the last COLAND meeting, Bruce gave a presentation on Delivery.

Phyllis noted Jay Jordon, from OCLC, noted our Ask Away project and PR for that project in his power point presentation at ALA midwinter.

An article about Overdrive was in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton are discussing a possible joint library.


a. Joint Technology Committee: Next meeting is in April.

b. Interlibrary Loan Committee: No report.

c. Reference Committee: The Antique Database Trial is starting.

d. Multitype: No report.

e. Youth Services: A SLP craft workshop will be held in WI Dells Feb 10.

f. Outreach: SCLS is partnering with WPT to provide outreach programs at nine SCLS member libraries on the subject of the emotional needs of boys. Raising Cain is the current program.

g. PR Committee: A committee has been formed. At the next meeting the PR charge will be reviewed and changes made as necessary to focus on specific projects and a PR push. The charge will be brought back to PLAC for review and approval.

h. Delivery Advisory Committee: No report.

2005 SCID/SCILL Report: PLAC discussed the ratio of purchasing books on cassette versus CD. Many libraries are no longer purchasing cassettes or at the very least have reduced the amount they do purchase. PLAC suggested to MPL that they move toward an allocation of funding for audio books as follows: 3/4 funding for CDs and 1/4 funding for cassettes.

Those present noted events occurring at their libraries which included: grants received, fundraising, book clubs, speakers, silent auctions, strategic planning and circulation.

Meeting adjourned at 10:55 a.m.

The next meeting will be April 6, 2006
Heidi Moe, Recorder

For more information about the Public Library Advisory Committee, contact Heidi Moe.