Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

June 9, 1997

Present: Baehman, Bergen, Bloedow, DeVries, Ducklow, Dunlap, Loebach, Schuessler
Excused: Matz
Others present: Dawson, Ernst, Kelly, Lemke, Muench, Nitz, Wiltzius


President Bloedow called the meeting to order at 4:30 P.M. The Minutes of the April 3, 1997 meeting were presented. Dawson corrected the date of the Policy Committee meeting to March 25, 1997. Dunlap moved approval and Bergen seconded. The motion passed.

Bill Register

The bill register and financial report for April and May 1997 were presented. Bergen moved approval of the bills, Baehman seconded. The motion passed.

Policy Committee

Schuessler reported that the Policy Committee had met and recommended adoption of the draft Bylaws with one word changed. Dawson distributed copies of the draft as approved by the Committee. Schuessler moved and DeVries seconded approval; the motion passed. Dawson suggested that the Council resolution from Alderman Clemons regarding video circulation policy be discussed at the next Policy Committee meeting, which had been scheduled to take up circulation policy. It was agreed to put this question on the Committee's agenda, to be reported at the next Board meeting.

Director's Report

Dawson asked the Board to approve a $1,821 grant from the Appleton Library Foundation. The Appleton Arts Alliance has given a grant of $1,500 to fund the Fall Film Festival and the Appleton Library Foundation agreed to fund the balance of the cost. DeVries moved to accept the grant; Bergen seconded. The motion passed.

Significant changes have been taking place in the Technical Services area of the library. Michael Nitz, Technical Services Supervisor, reported that the Appleton Library has been cataloging with the OCLC system as a source of MARC (Machine Readable Cataloging) records for almost 20 years. Appleton has also been using OCLC to generate MARC records for the other OWLSnet member libraries for several years. OWLS has compensated the Appleton Public Library for each record. With the increased volume of records for other libraries, APL and OWLS staff decided that OWLS should be the party contracting with OCLC and paying for the MARC records. The change will be made effective July 1, after which the "WIQ" symbol in the international OCLC database will stand for OWLSnet rather than APL.

A motion to close the library on July 5, 1997 was made by Baehman. Dunlap seconded. The motion passed.

FOCOL (Fox Communities Online) is a electronic community network. Libraries in the area have taken a leadership role in FOCOL, providing information to the public and assisting information providers, including community groups and non-profit agencies, in setting up web pages. A grant of $4000 has been budgeted by OWLS to help fund a 10 hour per week person at APL to assist these information providers. Schuessler made the motion to accept the grant. Bergen seconded. The motion passed.

This year the library celebrates 100 years of being the City's public library. A committee is being formed to plan the library centennial. Ducklow volunteered to work with this committee.

Other Business

Bloedow read a letter of resignation from Chuck DeVries effective June 9, 1997. DeVries was praised for his many years of dedication to the library. Lucia Baehman's Board term has also come to an end effective June 9, 1997. Baehman served on the Board for six years and her many contributions to the library will be greatly missed.

The next meeting date was set for Monday, July 7th, at 4:30 PM. The meeting was adjourned at 5:10 PM.

minutes approved by Library Board 8/11/97.

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