Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


March 9, 1998

Present: Bergman, Bloedow, Ducklow, Dunlap, Loebach, Matz, Schuessler

Excused: Bergen, Parker

Others Present: Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, T. Muench


Minutes The meeting was called to order by Vice President Schuessler at 5:08 PM. The minutes of February 16, 1998 were presented. Dunlap moved approval and Bloedow seconded. The motion passed.


Bill Register The bill register and financial reports for February, 1998 were presented. Bloedow moved approval of the bills and Dunlap seconded. The motion passed.


Directorís Report As part of the continuation of the policy review process, Dawson noted that several policies remain to be looked at and updated. Staff will work with the Policy Committee to review these policies. There has never been a policy relating to Programs and Dawson will work with the staff to determine need.

Dawson asked Kelly to report on the State Technology Conference, held in Wausau on February 23 and 24. Kelly discussed several items from the Conference, including the TEACH Wisconsin program, which will provide subsidized rates for Internet service and include loans for networking and wiring. It will also include block grants for access to Internet technology, data lines, data service and hardware. The Governorís 1997-98 budget includes 210 million dollars in training grants. Many of these program are available only to schools, but some are available to schools and libraries working together and there are several groups in the state putting together grants applications. It is also possible to begin applying for federal discounts (FCC E-Rate). The Technology Plan for APL has been approved by the state of Wisconsin and qualifies us to apply.

Other Matz moved the Board go into Executive Session pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1) to discuss personnel matters. Bloedow seconded, the motion passed, and the Board entered Executive Session at 5:45 PM. At 6:10 PM, the Board resumed public session. Ducklow moved and Matz seconded that the Board approve the recommendations of the Personnel Committee with regard to "adjustments for excellence." The motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 6:15 PM