Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees


July 11, 2000


Present: Bergman, Dunlap, Heuring, Loebach, Schuessler

Excused: Bloedow, Parker, Bergen, Ducklow

Others Present: Kelly, Lemke, Muench, Shriver, Wiltzius

President Schuessler called the meeting to order at 12:07 PM.


The minutes of the June 13, 2000 meeting were reviewed; Heuring moved approval, Loebach seconded. The motion passed. Bergman moved approval of the June 2000 bill registers. Dunlap seconded and the motion passed.

Finance Committee Report

Bergman reported that the Finance Committee of the Board met on July 6, 2000 to review the proposed 2001 Library budget prepared by Library Staff. Bergman noted the committee’s approval of the request and moved to approve the budget as submitted. Loebach seconded and the motion passed.

Bergman reviewed the supplementary requests submitted by Library Staff. Capitol improvement requests were submitted for the replacement of the cooling tower, replacement of upholstered furniture, caulking and replacement of the atrium glass and tuck-pointing the building, and installing fire alarms in the Circulation workroom area. Total cost for all these project were $152,000. The items to be completed were prioritized:

  1. Fire equipment in Circulation Workroom
  2. Caulking and replacement of the atrium glass and tuck-pointing the building
  3. Replacing the cooling tower
  4. Replacement of upholstered furniture.

Staff requested two additional full-time positions: a Technology Assistant and Young Adult Assistant. Adding both positions would cost $84,362. In setting priorities, Dawson recommended that the Young Adult position be first.

Bergman moved approval of the Capitol Improvement request for $153,000 and the addition of the two staff positions for $84,362. Heuring seconded the motion. The motion passed.







Director's Report

Dawson reported that he had received one response to his request for proposals to operate a coffee shop in the library. Staff is currently negotiating a contract, but the Board will have final approval of the vendor selected.

The new Young Adult program this summer has attracted 160 young adults; Children's Summer Reading Program has almost 3000 registered children; and overall circulation is up from last summer. Being open four nights a week has been received very well by the community.

A State consortium of libraries and library systems has received a grant for electronic books. Some of these books would be available to be checked out for a period of time on the web through NetLibrary. We are also studying circulating a handheld e-book reader.

Staff is seeking a Community Foundation grant to enable the library to have Tom Grade as a resident artist for the month of October, 2000. The Wisconsin Arts Board has awarded a grant; art project moneys from the Library Foundation are also committed. This will be a collaborative effort between the Library, and local schools, which will supply students and some additional funding. Board approval is needed to apply for the grant from the Community Foundation. Loebach moved to approve the grant. Heuring seconded and the motion passed.


Bergman moved to adjourn the meeting, Loebach seconded. The meeting adjourned at 12:55.