Library Board Meeting Minutes

Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees

December 8, 1997

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


President Bergen called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM. The minutes of November 10, 1997 meeting were presented. Schuessler moved approval and Matz seconded. The motion passed.

Bill Register

The bill register and financial report for November, 1997 were presented. Parker moved approval of bills and Schuessler seconded. The motion passed.

1998 Budget

After a brief discussion of the budget process, Parker moved to approve the 1998 Budget as adopted by the City Council and Bloedow seconded. The motion passed.

Planning Committee

Bergman presented and moved approval of the revised Appleton Public Library Long Range Plan, based on work done by a staff committee and reviewed by the Board Planning Committee. Matz seconded the motion. Bergman moved to amend the plan to substitute the word "City" for the work "local" in the new section 4.3. Matz seconded the motion to amend. The motion to amend passed 5-1 (Parker). The original motion as amended passed unanimously. Board members requested that staff prepare a new section 4.6 to address issues regarding seeking appropriate compensation for use of the library by persons living outside of the City of Appleton.

Director's Report

Dawson reported that the staff had spent some time reviewing funds remaining in the 1997 budget and outstanding needs. Dawson stated that staff wished to ensure sufficient funds remaining to accommodate remaining planned and unanticipated expenses, but that certain expenditures that had been delayed would be made this month. He discussed several equipment purchases and building repairs.

Dawson presented and discussed revised OWLS Membership and Resource Library contracts. Parker moved approval of the Resource Library contract with the Outagamie-Waupaca Library System, Matz seconded the motion. Motion carried. Schuessler moved to approve the Membership contract with OWLS. Bloedow seconded. The motion carried.

Dawson reported briefly on the State Library Technology Planning conference, to be held in Wausau in February. He told the Board that he and Kelly had earlier that day attended an open forum session held in Green Bay to gather information for the February working session conference. At the open forum session they had shared ideas and opinions with other library and school representatives and Department of Public Instruction representatives.

Dawson noted a recent newspaper article regarding the discussions being held in the Town of Grand Chute about the possibility of establishing a library there. He said he would work with Rick Krumwiede of OWLS to monitor the situation and keep the Board informed.


The meeting adjourned at 6:37 PM. The next meeting was scheduled for 5:00 PM on January 12, 1998.

minutes approved by Library Board 1/12/97.

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