Appleton Public Library

Board of Trustees Minutes

February 13, 2002


Present:                             Bergen, Bergman, Bloedow, Chandler, Ducklow, Dunlap, Schuessler,

Excused:                             de Young, Heuring

Others present:                              Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, Lenz, Muench, Shriver



President Schuessler called the meeting to order at 12:05 PM.  Dawson shared a letter from Dr. Robert Harrington inquiring if the library would consider displaying an American flag in front of the building.  There was a discussion of the idea and the consensus of the Board was favorable but concerned about costs since this had not been included in the budget.  Muench will get cost estimates.



Minutes of the January 9, 2002 meeting were reviewed.  Dunlap moved to accept the minutes and Bergman seconded.  The motion passed.   Ducklow moved to approve the December 2001 bill register and the January 2002 bill register and Chandler seconded.  The motion passed.


Director’s Report

Dawson discussed with the Board some potential impacts the Governor’s proposal to cut shared revenues could have on municipal budgets and the library.  Bergman suggested that a plan be developed suggesting ways cuts could be made in the event of a library budget shortfall.


The library will soon be able to use e-mail to notify patrons that the material they had placed on reserve is available.  Discussion centered on whether to continue charging the 35¢ for the cost of mailing the notice.  Dawson will discuss with other library directors to see if we can implement consistent charges with our neighbors and get more information.


Foxley’s is no longer in the library.  Dawson asked the Board to approve placing vending machines in the area that had been occupied by Foxley’s.  The library would realize a 5-10 % profit from the vending company and have control over what snacks would be available. Bloedow moved to approve vending machines, Ducklow seconded and the motion passed.


The Fox Valley Genealogy Society can no longer keep their collections in the local LDS Church and has offered to donate their collection of genealogy materials to the library.  There are about 10-12 shelves of material.  The Board agreed to accept the donation.


Kathy Schuessler and library staff will meet with the Mayor, City Attorney and Human Resources staff on February 28th to discuss the Library Board’s authority to set policy separate from the City.


Other Business

The meeting was adjourned at 1:10 PM.