Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

February 6, 1997

Present Baehman, Bloedow, De Vries, Ducklow, Egelhoff, Loebach, Schuessler
Absent Bergen, Dunlap
Other present Dawson, Kelly, Krumwiede, Lemke, Shriver, Wiltzius


The minutes of the January 2, 1997 meeting were presented. Schuessler moved and DeVries seconded approval. The motion passed

Bill Register

The final bill register for December, 1996, and bill register for January, 1997, were presented. Dawson gave a brief explanation of the new account numbers and line items. DeVries moved approval and Baehman seconded. Egelhoff suggested all the aldermen receive a copy of the Board's minutes and financial reports. The motion passed

Policy Committee

Schuessler reported on the policy retreat held on January 25th. The retreat was facilitated by Fire Chief Rich Davis and attended by both Board and staff. There was consensus that all policies derive from core values, that policies need to reflect consumers' wants and needs and must be practical. Policy should also articulate both vision and limits. Key outcomes are policies which are useful, relevant, up-to-date, concise and focused, and which represent professional ethics and staff standards. Dawson presented a staff draft of core values as requested by the Committee. The Policy Committee will continue to meet to discuss ways to accomplish their task and will report at the next Board meeting.

Personnel Committee

Loebach reported the Personnel Committee met last month with Dawson to evaluate his 1996 performance. The committee recommended that Dawson receive a performance adjustment and cost of living increase. Schuessler seconded. The motion passed

Director's 1997 Planning

DeVries reported that Dawson's 1997 goals were established. The ad hoc planning committee had worked with Dawson to agree on realistic and measurable goals. The Personnel Committee should do a mid-year review and year-end evaluation.

Director's Report

Dawson reported that staff plans to begin using receipt printers at the Circulation desk. There has been a significant incidence of repetitive motion injury among the staff in the Circulation section due to the repetitive nature of checking in and checking out books. Receipt printers will reduce motions necessary to check out materials and should speed up the checkout process, reducing waiting lines. The printers will also provide patrons with a list of items checked out and with receipts for fines and payments for lost books. There was discussion of the pros and cons of not having each book stamped with a due date. Staff will provide stamped bookmarks to those patrons who wish to have something in each book.

Patron placed holds will be available in the near future. This will enable patrons to reserve books and check their account status from any catalog terminal in the library and from home or office computers, through either dial access or an Internet connection.

Library Legislation

Dawson discussed pending library legislation issues and introduced Rick Krumwiede, Director of the Outagamie Waupaca Library System. Krumwiede gave some background and his interpretation of the Access 2001 Bill and its impact on libraries. The Access 2001 plan is an initiative from the System and Resource Library Administrators Association of Wisconsin (SRLAAW), a public library and public library system group which includes both Dawson and Krumwiede. There will be a SRLAAW meeting in Madison on February 10. The Wisconsin Library Association's annual Legislative Day, when librarians from around the state come together in Madison to meet legislators, will be on February 11.

Other Business

The next meeting of the Board will be March 6, 1997 at 7:00 PM. The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

minutes approved by Library Board 3/6/97.

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