Appleton Public Library
Board of Trustees Minutes
January 14, 2004
Present: Bergen, Bloedow, Chandler, de Young, Ducklow, Dunlap, Eng
Others present: Attorney Behrens, Dawson, Kelly, Lemke, Muench, Wiltzius
In the absence of Board President Bergman, Eng moved that the Board appoint de Young as acting chair for the meeting. Chandler seconded and the motion passed. de Young called the meeting to order at .
Bloedow moved and Chandler seconded approval of the December 10, 2003 minutes. The motion passed.
The agenda for this meeting was corrected to read “Bills & financial reports December 2003.”
Due to the resignation of
Kathleen Schuessler who was the Board’s Vice President, Bergman and Dawson
requested that the Nominating Committee meet to nominate a new Vice President to
complete the current term. Karen de
Young suggested that, rather than convening a Nominating Committee meeting to
report next month, the Board move into a session as a committee of the whole to
take up Nominating Committee business.
Bergen moved to approve, Bloedow seconded and the motion passed. de Young offered to be Vice President if
Dawson reported that a donation for $300.00 had been received from Drs. Merkhofer and Aristegreta. Eng moved to accept the donation and place it in the Frank P. Young Scholarship, Bergen seconded and the motion passed.
Dawson presented the City of Appleton’s draft Seasonal Employment Policy. After discussion, Eng moved to approve the policy, Bergen seconded and the motion passed.
Dawson, de Young, and Eng attended the quarterly meeting of the Friends of the Appleton Library (FOAL) to address the issue of Advocacy and becoming more involved with the political process of Library issues. They discussed involving FOAL in the Advocacy Committee, and ways to organize support for library issues. The committee will meet before the next Board meeting.
Dawson distributed copies of the 2004 materials budget for discussion. There was no increase in the budget from 2003, the costs of materials continues to rise so adjustments were necessary. Reference cut the standing order for magazines by eliminating $5000 from the magazine microfilm collection. Dawson noted that Board input is welcome into overall library materials directions including balancing nonfiction, popular materials, children’s materials, and media.
At the Board Retreat in November there had been discussion on developing a new Long Range Plan. The Library will be closed on President’s Day, February 16th, to allow staff the opportunity to discuss and review directions and needs. Dawson asked that the Planning Committee meet to review the planning process.
The meeting adjourned at 1:00 PM.