Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
February 20, 2007
Becky Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, Peggy Bryan,
and Kristie Kirkpatrick.
Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:00.
Kristie asked that the Palouse City/Library Contract,
Resolution #01-07 be the first thing on the agenda. After reviewing the contract, Becky made a motion to approve
the contract. Leslee
seconded and the motion passed.
Jon and Peggy left briefly to have the contract notarized
at Bank of America.
Teresa Myott joined the meeting at 4:02.
Peggy & Jon returned and meeting resumed.
The new slate of officers was briefly discussed.
Kristie thanked Jon for serving as chair and Leslee as
co-chair for 2007. Becky
made a motion to accept the new officers, Leslee seconded and
the motion passed. Kristie
gave everyone an updated Trustee directory.
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed.
Becky made a motion to accept the minutes, Leslee
seconded and the motion carried.
presented the Financial Reports; 13th month December
31, 2006 and January Vouchers, Budget Report and Account
Balances Reports. She reviewed February vouchers #8422-8469
totaling $11,174.41. Leslee made a motion to authorize payment of the vouchers.
Becky seconded and the motion carried.
Board members signed to authorize payment.
Kristie reviewed circulation reports for December, noting
that circulation had increased by 450.
Colton, Garfield, Rosalia, Tekoa & Uniontown had
circulation increases. Significant
decreases in circulation were noted in Endicott and Oakesdale. Kristie noted that Albionís statistics have a high use of
computers in the branch. Kristie
reviewed the database activity, noting the usage on the Antique
Guide is continually low and will not be renewed.
Kristie continued with January circulation reports.
She noted that Garfield, St. John and Uniontown
circulation statistics rose.
She also noted that Endicott and Oakesdale again had
significant decreases. Albionís
computer use continued to be high.
Kristie reviewed the Annual 2006 circulation, noting
volunteer hours were down 70%, use of in-library computers up
7%, website use was up 60% and attendance at youth programs rose
by 9%. She noted
that Palouse, Rosalia, St. John & Tekoa statistics are
amazing. She was
very pleased with the turn around in Colton and Uniontown
noted Oakesdale circulation had dropped.
2007 financial notes: Books & other materials
increased $6000, Operating expenses increased $6000,
Salaries--wages & benefits increased by $13,500 and total
expenditures increased by $26,000.
Aune joined the meeting at 4:30
Kristie discussed the closure of Hamilton Drug and possible
implications to the library.
Kristie has received comments from staff and community
members that adding the Hamilton Drug Building to our library
building would be a very positive change. Kristie said that a
meeting room or gathering place in this building might eliminate
the need for a people elevator in the library. The Colfax
Chamber, City of Colfax, and Genealogical Society, etc. have
expressed their support and will look for grant opportunities in
an effort to work cooperatively.
announced that the Library Supporter of the month of January was
Charlotte Omoto from Palouse.
She donated the Birds of North America Database to the
library and is an avid supporter of the Palouse Library.
The Library Supporter of the month for March is Doris
Johnson from Farmington. Kristie
praised Doris for her contributions of books and
magazines to the Farmington community.
presented an updated list of the Friends of WCL.
expressed regret that Rose Bruce, Rosalia Branch Manager,
resigned, taking a position at the Rosalia School.
She praised Rose for her amazing contributions in the
Rosalia Library, noting she was integral in moving the branch to
the new location and increasing circulation.
Teresa Lautenslager has been hired as the new Rosalia
Branch Manager, and we look forward to working with Teresa.
noted that Colfax is interviewing for a circulation position.
She announced that Erica Willson has returned to work,
continuing efforts to promote the Bridges database and Reference
at schools. She
will also organize the county-wide Teen Dance again.
reported that Family Fair was a success with 600 people
Wall represented WCL in assisting with this event.
announced that WCL received a LSTA Marketing Grant from
Washington State Library in the amount of $10,000.
The grant will promote Summer Reading with performer,
Keven Adair, kicking off summer reading at each school.
Adair has a wide range of talents including Magic,
Fire Eating, Hypnotism, Stilt Walking, etc.
left the meeting at 5 pm, with Kristie recording minutes for the
Kristie reported on last week's council
meeting with Garfield, where she discussed usage and programs in Garfield. Kristie
thanked the city for the new keys they purchased and reminded
them of problems with the heating, cooling, and windows. As
Kristie visits other town council meetings, she will alert the
Board in case they are available to attend.
Clancy distributed a report on the connections
branch librarians are making with their local schools, except
Albion, which does not have a school in its town. Speaking
highly of WCL's branch managers, Clancy cited specific
programs in Colton, Uniontown, Palouse, Rosalia and St.
John as successful examples of cooperative projects.
Kristie reported on WCL programs and efforts
to serve the schools and youth on behalf of the
library district. Overseen by our Sheri Miller, Youth Services
Manager, these include outreach efforts, field trips, Summer
Reading planning and promotion, and the new Teen Dance. Kristie
also reviewed the services the Colfax Branch provides to the
Lori Brown spoke about the latest outreach
effort for high school students called Building Bridges.
This grant funded effort has taken Lori and Erica Willson into
nine county school districts to teach and support the Bridges
software. Kristie praised Lori for her work with Bridges
and presented her with a small gift of thanks.
Library Legislative Day is March 8th with
Becky expressing interest in attending. The Workshop in Library
Leadership will be held September 27-29 in Kennewick with
Kristie encouraging Board members to attend.
The Board agreed to change next month's
meeting to March 27th to allow Kristie and Peggy to attend a
two-day conference. Becky announced her birthday is March 27th
and she would love cake and gifts.
Kristie shared the library events calendar
highlighting recent programs including Meet the Artist, 5,6,7
Club, Jammie Storytime, and the recent eBay class.
The Board adjourned at 5:40.
no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
Bryan, Recording Secretary
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