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Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC)

Thursday, April 6, 2006
SCLS Administration

Present: Bosben, Calef, Davis, Dimick, Hartman, Jensen, MacDonald, McCabe, Palmer, Ponshock, Stack, Yurgil
Handouts: None

CALL TO ORDER: D. Calef, V. Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.


MINUTES: L. Ponshock moved approval of the February 2, 2006 minutes. S. Hartman seconded. Motion carried.


The language bill, SB 273, was passed as Act 226. The reform bill, SB 272, has run into a bit of trouble due to a library director in SWLS who is objecting to the 20 hour per week provision.

The system annual plan was submitted and the audit is finished.

Bruce and Phyllis looked carefully at delivery costs and charges and things look to be spread out fairly. The pilot project with the new carts is underway and will be used in the Metro area only. Delivery cost for an item to travel from one library to another within SCLS is an average of $0.19.

A planning committee is being formed to work on plans for the SCLS Foundation. This will be a three to four month commitment for those volunteering for the committee.

PLA was very valuable and energizing. The 2008 event will be held in Minneapolis and SCLS staff and library members are encouraged to attend.

There is interest in building a library in Rudolph, which is only about 8 miles from WI Rapids. Information has been sent to the village following their inquiries, but no response has been received back.

The annual meeting will be held May 17th at Olbrich Gardens. Please register to attend!

Phyllis is on the LSTA Advisory Committee and will be attending a two day meeting where the big topic of conversation will be funding for the new ILL system.

WAPL is being held in WI Rapids next month.

The job description for the Associate Director position is being revised and will be sent out for review. An ad will be placed next month.

Brodhead has two LINK connected workstations and has begun linking their collection.


a. Joint Technology Committee: No report.

b. Interlibrary Loan Committee: Two workshops are being offered – ILL on Worldcat via Wisline and BadgerCat Introduction

c. Reference Committee: Two trials are in the works – a legal forms database and readers’ advisory databases.

d. Multitype: The job shadow procedure is being updated. Five positions on the committee need to be filled this summer.

e. Youth Services: A Summer Library Program DVD is available and can be tailored to specific libraries. A YS teen program was held and Shawn is working on a “Think Outside the Book” program geared toward parents of school-age children.

f. Outreach: SCLS is partnering with Wisconsin Public Television (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 and it has been very successful. Some parents, who have attended this program, have exchanged phone numbers with other parents. An all-day early literacy training will take place 4/14/06.

g. PR Committee: Will meet quarterly. The project they are working on is promoting electronic resources and finding ways to market them – providing “cheat sheets” for staff to increase confidence and provide information on how to use.

h. Delivery Advisory Committee: No report.

There was much discussion regarding the recent election and appointment of trustees to library boards. Election results in some were a concern for some and others were optimistic.


Meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

The next meeting will be June 1, 2006

Heidi Moe, Recorder

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