Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


April 13, 1999

Present: Bergen, Bergman, Bloedow, Gosse, Parker, Schuessler

Excused: Ducklow, Dunlap, Loebach,

Others Present: Curthoys, Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, Muench


The meeting was called to order by President Bergen at 5:14 PM. The minutes of the February 8, 1999 meeting were reviewed. Parker moved approval, Bergman seconded and the motion passed. Parker moved approval of the February 1999 bill register, Bergman seconded, the motion passed. Bloedow moved approval of the March 1999 bill register, Bergman seconded. After discussion, the motion passed.

Special Planning Committee

Schuessler discussed the Planning Process to date. The process is moving very well, with focus groups and in-house survey completed and the mail survey underway. The Committee will meet again the week of April 18.

Director's Report

Dawson introduced the library's new Technology Coordinator, Patricia Curthoys, to the Board. Board members welcomed Curthoys.

WLA Legislative Agenda

The Wisconsin Library Association has several concerns with the Governor's budget proposal. Along with librarians and trustees from other libraries, Kelly and Dawson attended a legislative Joint Finance Committee hearing on the budget at the Brown County Library on March 23, 1999; both Dawson and OWLS Director Krumwiede testified. Dawson noted that it appears that funds for Badgerlink may be restored, but continued support for this and other library issues will be needed though the budget process.

WLTA Memberships

Renewals of Wisconsin Library Trustees Association memberships are due for Library Board members. The cost is $252.00. Dawson noted that this is one way in which the Board can stay informed of State issues. Gosse made the motion to renew memberships, Bergman seconded, and the motion passed.

Budget Modification

Dawson noted that there are two budget modifications needing Board approval. The City Council approved that $15,000 unexpended in the 1998 Library Budget be added to the 1999 Budget as a 100% carryover for consulting services. The Library received $3,146 in book memorial fund donations in 1998; the City will add this to the Library materials budget. Gosse made the motion to approve the budget modifications, Parker seconded, and the motion passed.

System Effectiveness Statement

The Board reviewed a form from the Department of Public Instruction asking how well the Outagamie Waupaca County Library System serves our needs. Board members noted that OWLS offers leadership, effective and useful services and expansive knowledge of technology. Rick Krumwiede is to be commended for the flexible working relationship and efforts to understand and meet the unique needs of APL and each system member library. Schuessler moved that Dawson complete the form expressing the sense of the Board's comments and authorizing Bergen to sign the completed statement. Bloedow seconded, and the motion passed.

Other Business

Bergen reported that she and Dawson had met with the Don Churchill, President of the Board of the Appleton Library Foundation, to discuss fund raising efforts that are being done in each group. Bergen noted that it is good for the two Boards to keep the lines of communication open.

Dawson mentioned the Library has APL logo shirts available for purchase by the Board members. See Carolyn for details.

Tickets for the Greg Brown concerts on June 17th are now available. There is a limit of two tickets per person. See Carolyn for details.

The Library will feature the "Shared Hearts" display in late May or early June.

The meeting adjourned at 6:00 PM.