Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees

January 12, 1998



Present: Bergman, Bloedow, Ducklow, Matz, Parker, Schuessler

Excused: Bergen, Dunlap, Loebach

Other Present: Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, Muench, Wiltzius


Minutes The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Schuessler at 5:04 PM. The minutes of December 8, 1997 were presented. Bloedow moved approval and Bergman seconded. The motion passed.


Bill Register The bill register and financial report through December 19th were presented. An additional report for December, 1997 will be presented at the February Board Meeting. Schuessler asked Bloedow to serve as acting Secretary. Parker moved approval of the bills and Matz seconded. The motion passed.


Planning Committee Bergman presented the modifications requested in the Long Range Plan document, Goal 4, section 4.6. Matz made a motion to accept the modifications. Schuessler seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Bergman presented and made a motion to accept the staff proposal for a new Technology Plan for 1998-1999 with modification to Goal 1, Strategy 1, to bring the document up to date. Bloedow seconded the motion as amended. The motion passed.


Policy Committee Schuessler presented the Board with the Personnel Policy. Matz moved approval. Bergman seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Schuessler presented the Reference and Reader’s Advisory Policy. Discussion ensued as for the need for a policy to address liability issues that could arise in the use of library materials. Staff will seek an opinion from the City Attorney’s office and report to the Board if further policy modifications are legally advisable. Parker made the motion to accept the policy as written. Matz seconded. The motion passed.


Director’s Report Dawson reported that he had been re-appointed to a new term on the Public Service Commission's Universal Service Fund Council and had attended a meeting in Madison. He had previously served on the Council in 1994-95. The Council discusses state regulations for telecommunications discounts. The Administration Rules for "Teach Wisconsin" were not available.

Dawson will attend the SRLAAW (System and Resource Library Administrator's Association of Wisconsin) on Feb. 9 and Library Legislative Day Feb. 10, both in Madison. It is an opportunity to for the state library community to meet with legislators about library issues and concerns. Any Board Trustee that would like to attend should contact Dawson for further information.

The library will be closed on Presidents' Day and the Staff will be working on a planning process to include a community survey to be conducted later this year. The firm of Himmel & Wilson have been asked to facilitate the day. OWLS will pay the consultants' fees. Dawson suggested that if the Board moved their meeting to February 16, they could have Himmel & Wilson present a summary of their presentation and planning issues. There was consensus to change the meeting.


Other Business Eight applications have been received for the Frank P. Young Scholarship. Copies of the applications were given to the Scholarship Committee. The Board will vote on the Scholarship Award at the February Meeting

The next meeting will be on February 16, 1998 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. The meeting adjourned at 5:42 PM.