Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

March 6, 1997

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


President Bloedow called the meeting to order at 7:02 P.M. The minutes of the February 6, 1997 meeting were presented. DeVries moved approval and Ducklow seconded. The motion passed.

Bill Register

A corrected final bill register and financial report for December 1996 were presented. The bill register and financial report for February 1997, a revision of the January checking and revenue report, and the February, checking and revenue reports were presented. Egelhoff moved approval of the bills, DeVries seconded, and the motion passed.

Policy Committee

In Schuessler’s absence, Dawson reported for the Policy Committee. The Committee has discussed contents of the Policy Manual, and areas of responsibility. Although the Mission and Vision Statements, as well as the Long Range Plan are considered policy, these are recommended as the province of the Planning Committee. Staff will submit draft policies for approval to the Committee, which will report approved drafts to the full Board. In March, the Committee will discuss Internet and Volunteer policies. At the April Policy meeting a draft of the bylaws will be presented. Policies to be examined in the future include circulation, unattended children, reference services, programming, gifts, donations, meeting room usage. Future meetings of the Policy Committee have been set for March 19 and April 25 at 11:30 A.M. in the Board Room.

Scholarship Committee

Baehman reported on the Frank P. Scholarship award of $500.00. Four applications were received. The qualifying criterion is that there be an attachment to Appleton or Lawrence University. The Committee recommended awarding this year’s scholarship to JoAnn Dent of Kohler Wisconsin. Baehman read excerpts of Dent’s application and discussed the reason for her selection. DeVries moved to accept the Committee’s recommendation. Egelhoff seconded. The motion passed.

Director's Report

The library has been experiencing some seasonal problems with loitering in front of the building. A second monitor has been added to the staff to help with after school discipline. Staff is working with the Appleton Police Department to patrol the parking lot and walk through the library on a more regular basis.

The Foundation Grants Committee has asked the Library Board for ideas on funding for library projects. Baehman volunteered to represent the Board at the Committee’s next meeting, March 13 at 1:30 P.M.

Dawson reviewed plans for National Library Week, which will be held April 13-19.

Dawson reported on a meeting of the System and Resource Library Administrators Association of Wisconsin held on February 24 in Madison. He and Kelly attended Library Legislation Day on February 25 and met with several legislators. Senator Ellis suggested that legislators attend a Fox Cities library directors’ meeting to acquaint themselves with the needs of the libraries. The Governor has not included funding for public libraries in his "Teach Wisconsin" program.

Other Business

Construction expenses will likely continue until August or September when the parking lot is scheduled to be paved. Although some of the work to be done will be paid for by the City as part of scheduled lot resurfacing and some will be paid for by the Foundation to accommodate new parking, there are a few changes related to the Library building program.

The next meeting of the Board will be April 3, 1997 at 7:00 P.M. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 P.M. and Board members took a tour of the Library.

minutes approved by Library Board 4/6/97.

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