Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

October 13, 1997

Present: Bergen, Bergman, Bloedow, Ducklow, , Parker, Schuessler
Excused: Dunlap, Loebach, Matz
Others present: Dawson, Kelly, Lemke


President Bergen called the meeting to order at 5:05 PM. The minutes of the September 8, 1997 meeting were presented. Parker moved approval and Bergman seconded. The motion passed.

Bill Register

The bill register and financial report for September, 1997 were presented. Bloedow moved approval and Schuessler seconded. The motion passed.

Committee Assignments

Bergen distributed the 1997-98 committee appointments of the Library Board. There was a brief discussion of work for committees in the coming year. Lee Parker has volunteered to be the OWLS representative from the APL Board.

Director's Report

Dawson reviewed Centennial activities. He noted the success of the Centennial reception and noted the work of Meg Shriver and the Centennial Committee. Outgoing Board President Bloedow had, on behalf of the Board, sent a letter to Shriver and the committee commending them for all the planning and work involved. Ducklow observed that the public service announcement video has aired several times and feels sure it will be shown many times in the coming year. Staff is continuing to work on getting banners for the parking lot.

The 1998 City Budget is scheduled for publication on October 15, 1997. The Mayor has decided not to include the Library's supplemental request for a new technology position. Bergen recommended that the Board draft a letter to be sent to the Mayor in support of adding this position. Bergman made the motion that a letter be sent to the Mayor stating that if this position is not included it will again be in next yearís budget request. Bloedow seconded and the motion passed.

Dawson stated that he had mailed a letter to the Governorís office in support of state library funding initiatives. Three areas of support for libraries were sought in the state budget; including technology grants, an increase in library system aids and statewide resource provider contracts. The only veto by the Governor was for technology grants, so the legislative session was considered a successful one by the state library community. Barbara Kelly and Cece Wiltzius will be attending a state conference on technology funding alternatives on November 10.

Dawson expressed satisfied with paving and landscaping in the parking lot. He is hopeful that all invoices for the work will be submitted to the Foundation soon and that the property will be transferred to the City as soon as possible.

A list of grants from the Library Foundation was distributed. These included:

Writing Workshop $425
Full Text Periodicals via Internet $4,092

Chamber of Commerce Dinner

Contemporary classical music $2,000
World Music $3,000
Kathleen Horning lecture (FOAL Endowment) $375
Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Book n Bite $2,000
Grantsmanshnip collection $1,700
Advertising, miscellaneous $1,000
Bloedow moved to accept the grants and Parker seconded. The motion passed.


Dawson distributed the 1997-99 proposed Library calendar. The Board will vote on approval at the next meeting, which will be November 10th at 5:00 PM. The meeting adjourned at 6:10 PM.

minutes approved by Library Board 11/10/97.

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