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Public Library Advisory Committee (PLAC)

Thursday, November 3, 2005
SCLS Administration

Present: Belongia, Davis, Dimick, Hartman, Hamon, Jensen, Johnson, McCabe, Palmer, Ponshock, Stack, Wright
Handouts: None

CALL TO ORDER: B. Dimick, V. Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.


MINUTES: D. Wright moved approval of the October 6, 2005 minutes. H. Jensen seconded. Motion carried.


The language and reform bills were passed by the Senate and are now in the Assembly Urban Affairs Committee. The maintenance of effort bill is still in committee.

On the ILL front, sixty libraries are involved in a group services project based on OCLC. There is a strong push for use of OCLC versus WISCAT among certain libraries throughout the state. The State is involved in a shared automation study. Some think it’s a good idea, but Peter noted that receiving funding from the legislature for upgrading and replacing of a statewide system would be a huge undertaking.

Peter mentioned the WLA brochure “Librarians Shouting” which is a campaign for funding and support of Wisconsin libraries. SCLS has budgeted funds to contribute to this campaign.

Mark Ibach is working on a PR/Advocacy kit to send to members libraries for help with addressing issues and needs to local officials as well as state legislators.

Dan Jacobson, Technical Support Specialist, currently services about 350 library computers and the number continues to rise. To help reduce the amount of time Dan spends installing games, etc., it was suggested that libraries learn to install their own games and that Dan might be able to create some guidelines to assist libraries. Peter will follow up with Dan regarding these suggestions. Peter advised the group that if the number of computers for Dan to support continues to grow either in number or complexity of operation, it would be necessary to either ration Dan’s time or to hire an assistant for Dan on a shared cost basis.

Overdrive will be up November 7th, but the 300 books that are available have already been checked out!! Peter will propose to WPLC that some money be set aside to be put toward finding publishers that will offer unlimited usage of material for availability to patrons at all times.

The Brown County Supervisors and the Brown County Library board are butting heads. The issue will go to the Attorney General’s office for clarification and resolution.

Stef Morrill is drafting a set of guidelines for responding when illegal activity is found within libraries. The creation of these guidelines was prompted by yet another Sun Prairie incident involving child pornography being printed off library computers. These guidelines will be reviewed by our internal technology committee and then brought back to PLAC in January.

A record retention schedule for Wisconsin libraries has been drafted by DLTCL and a list of interested librarians and archivists. This schedule includes over 130 records to be retained. Luckily enough, at this time it is advisory and not mandatory

Phyllis noted the annual meeting will be held May 17 at Olbrich Gardens. R. McCabe, B. Dimick, and M. Palmer volunteered to serve on the planning committee for the content of the meeting. Louise Robbins was suggested as a speaker.

The strategic plan has been distributed and comments are encouraged. It will be presented to PLAC for approval in January and then on to the Board.


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

b. Interlibrary Loan Committee: Next meeting is November 9. ILL tips can be found on the webpage.

c. Reference Committee: A subcommittee will meet to discuss subject guides and other possibilities..

d. Multitype: Did not meet.

e. Youth Services: The SLP workshop will be on November 17 at Olbrich Gardens. Amy Reed and S. Brommer will be participating in a program concerning knitting while listening to books.

f. Outreach: S. Brommer has been selected to serve on the Madison Children’s Museum Planning Committee.

g. PR Committee: No report.

h. Delivery Advisory Committee: No report

OTHER BUSINESS: MPL did a study to determine if the reduced transportation holds implementation is having any effect. MPL is seeing a significant increase in the percentage of holds being kept at MPL!!

PCPL is having new carpet installed – any advice on moving books?
Plain has received 10 new computers.
New Glarus received a $1,500 grant.
Mazomanie is starting a baby/toddler storytime.
Portage has hired a City Administrator.
McFarland received a $30,000 grant.
Marshfield is expecting a $16,000 cut to their budget.

Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

There will NOT be a meeting in December
The next meeting will be January 5, 2006
Heidi Moe, Recorder

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