Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees Minutes

December 13, 2000


Present:                             Bergen, Bergman, de Young, Ducklow, Parker, Schuessler

Excused:                             Bloedow, Dunlap, Heuring,

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



President Schuessler called the meeting to order at 12:03 PM.  The minutes of the November 8, 2000 meeting were reviewed. Bergman moved approval, Ducklow seconded, and the motion passed.  Bergman moved approval of the November 2000 bill registers, Parker seconded and the motion passed.


Scholarship Committee

Ducklow reported that the Frank P. Young Scholarship Committee recommended the award of two $500 scholarships to Mark Wendt and Pamela O'Donnell.  Parker moved to accept the committee's recommendation, de Young seconded, and the motion passed. The committee discussed the possibility of placing the Scholarship funds in the Community Foundation for a better rate of return.  Dawson will discuss with the City Finance Director and report back to the Board.


Director's Report

Dawson presented three OWLS contracts for Board approval: Resource Library Agreement, Automation Agreement, and Membership Agreement.  Parker moved and de Young seconded approval.  The motion passed.


The WLA 2001 Legislative Agenda 2001 biennium was discussed.  Ducklow moved approval, Bergen seconded and the motion passed.


Dawson asked for Board approval of several recent gifts: Dick and Nancy Winslow have commissioned a Tom Grade piece for the Library entitled "Garai Cham."  Bergen moved acceptance of the piece, Parker seconded; the motion passed.  Don Churchill proposed to donate a bronze sculpture in memory of his late wife, Alberta.  This sculpture, by Frank Marbellow, would be placed to left of the main library entrance, 4 to 5 feet off the sidewalk, and would be approximately 6 feet high.  Parker moved to accept and Bergen seconded.  The motion passed.  The Board would like to recognize and thank the Churchills for all the contributions they made to the Library over the years.  The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded a Prime Time Family Reading Time Grant to provide storytelling and training for parents of low-income minority children.  Bergman moved to accept, de Young seconded and the motion passed.  The Community Foundation granted $1000 from King's Daughters for "Give a Child a Book".  Ducklow moved acceptance, de Young seconded and the motion passed.


Ducklow moved to approve a 3% increase as the annual general pay adjustment for all library staff, plus performance adjustment in accordance with City and Library personnel policies and procedures.

Bergman seconded, and the motion passed.


Dawson noted that staff would use part of the training budget for memberships in the Wisconsin Library Association.

Other Business

Muench reported that the vendor for installing the fire panel has been selected, Tec Security Systems of Neenah.  The work will be completed in January of 2001.  The coffee shop is expected to open within the next few weeks. 


The meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM.