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Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC)

Thursday, August 4, 2005
SCLS Administration

Present: Belongia, Calef, Canepa, Froistad, Hartman, Hamon, Jensen, Johnson, MacDonald, McCabe, Ponshock, Stack
Handouts: None

CALL TO ORDER: D. Calef called the meeting to order at 10:08 a.m.


Richard MacDonald, director of the Baraboo Public Library, was introduced.

MINUTES: H. Jensen moved approval of the June 2, 2005 minutes. K. Canepa seconded. Motion carried.

Mid-Year Budget: Peter presented the Mid-Year Budget to PLAC. K. Stenman moved approval. L. Belongia seconded. Motion carried. It will now go to the SCLS Board for approval.


The Brodhead Memorial Library has voted to join LINK.

Francis Cherney, SCLS trustee, has been appointed to COLAND.

Peter discussed the Assembly Bill AB483, Maintenance of Effort. Current law requires each 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. 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. This bill eliminates those requirements and SCLS therefore opposes this legislation.
Another bill, SB258, consists of using the motion picture rating system for materials in a library. Libraries would be required to have parental approval for minors to check out “R-rated” materials. The motion picture association is opposed to the use of their rating system in statute, as are we.

SCLS ILL through OCLC is working fine. WiLS is attempting to make this service available to other systems, but the DLTCL is still defending WISCAT by denying access to the state level interloan contracts to anyone who does not adhere to the “company” line.

The Governor’s budget proposes a two-year levy limit on local governments with increases linked to 2% or new construction, whichever is greater. It would allow the limits to be exceeded by referendum vote and also would 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 see if any kind of exemption for libraries can be worked out, but this seems unlikely.


B. Stack moved to table this item because S. Hartman was not present to discuss it. H. Jensen seconded. Carried. Upon the arrival of S. Hartman, the item was untabled. Shelley noted LINK will be discussing this topic at their August meeting and a vote will be taken to determine possible changes. It was also noted that any such changes are only recommendations, subject to independent action by individual libraries and their boards.


a. Joint Technology Committee: The committee discussed LSTA grant ideas, which include the purchase of calendaring software to track continuing education programs online, audio books that can be checked out and downloaded on PCs, and county history digitization projects.

b. Interlibrary Loan Committee: Met in July – no further data

c. Reference Committee: Reviewing databases.

d. Multitype: Next meeting is in October.

e. Youth Services: SLP is winding down. An Early Literacy Symposium will take place at American Family September 9. An LSTA grant will be “Part II” of early literacy.

f. Outreach: No report.

g. PR Committee: No report.

h. Delivery Advisory Committee: Items discussed at the meeting included the purchase of new trucks, changes in routes, new carts, and radio frequency ID chips.



The McMillan remodeling project should be finished by September. They will hold a grand opening October 2 at 2 p.m.
The McFarland building project is moving along. The library name will be changed to the E.D. Locke Public Library with completion of the building by December.
Wyocena is going live on LINK October 10.
Bob Stack asked if a new technology presentation could be provided at a PLAC meeting. Peter will discuss this subject with Stef and Dan and look into possibly holding a “technology fair.”
Marshfield held a highly successful Harry Potter Party.
An article recently appeared in a Madison newspaper about building space that has been made available for the Sequoya Branch monthly book sale.

Meeting adjourned at 11:08 a.m.

The next meeting will be September 1, 2005.
Heidi Moe, Recorder

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