Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


September 13, 1999

Present: Bergen, Bergman, Bloedow, Ducklow, Dunlap, Heuring, Loebach, Excused: Parker, Schuessler

Others Present: Dawson, Kelly, and Lemke

President Bergen called the meeting to order at 5:05 PM.


The minutes of the August 9, 1999 meeting were reviewed. Bloedow moved approval, Loebach seconded and the motion passed. Bloedow moved approval of the August 1999 bill registers and Bergman seconded. The motion passed.

Nominating Committee Report and Election of 1999-2000 Officers

Nominating Chair Loebach reported that she, Ducklow, and Parker had discussed nominations for officers. On behalf of the Committee, Loebach nominated Schuessler for President, Loebach for Vice President and Bergman for Secretary. Bloedow seconded the nomination. President Bergen asked for nominations from the floor; there were none and the nominations were approved. Will Bloedow expressed the Board’s appreciation to Terry Bergen for her excellent leadership the past two years.

Director’s Report – Dawson

Dawson gave reviewed the Library’s present Internet policy and issues related to national concerns about appropriate use. All public Internet stations are monitored from service desks. If staff members observe improper usage, they tell the patron to follow the library’s guidelines for proper Internet usage. Continued or flagrant offenses can result in the loss of Internet or Library privileges, though this happens seldom. All Internet stations in the library have the rules posted. Dawson and Kelly told the Board that public services staff had done an extensive review of the policy and recommended a few clarifications but no substantive changes. Staff feels the present policy works well to allow access to diverse information, while assuring that offensive materials are not displayed. There is some concern that the present practice does not afford privacy for some sensitive research concerns; staff will continue to review this.

Recommended policy changes include changing the third sentence of paragraph 3 to read: "Library staff assumes that children and young adults under the age of 18 who are unattended in the Library have parental permission to use Library resources, including the Internet." The remainder of paragraph 3 was numbered as paragraph 4 with the words "children and youth" changed to "people". In paragraph 5, the last sentence was changed to read "suspension of library privileges. Loebach moved that the recommended changes be made in the wording of the policy and Dunlap seconded. The motion passed.

Other Business

The meeting adjourned at 5:52 PM. The next Board Meeting will be September 13th in the Boardroom at 5:00 PM.