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 July 2006

   Whitman County Library

Board of Trustees Meeting

Rosalia Branch
July 19, 2006
5:00 p.m.


Present:   Becky Dickerson, John Aune, Jon Kehne, Clancy Pool, Rose Bruce, Theresa Lautenslauger, Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick. 

Becky Dickerson, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:55.  She asked if there were any additions or modifications to the agenda.  Kristie noted that she had several miscellaneous items to share at the end.

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed.  Jon Kehne made a motion to accept the minutes, John Aune seconded and the motion carried. 

Peggy presented the Financial Reports; June 30, 2006 Budget Report and Account Balances Reports. She reviewed June vouchers #8037-8097 totaling $19,807.29.   John Kehne made a motion to authorize payment of the vouchers.  John Aune seconded and the motion carried.  Board members signed to authorize payment.

Kristie presented the circulation statistics for June.  There was an increase of 576 in circulation of materials, with increases in Endicott, Garfield, Rosalia, St. John, Uniontown and Malden.  She noted that Colfax was down slightly.  On-line catalog searches and computer uses were up. 


 Peggy presented the updated Friends of the Library membership list, with 6 new members. 

 Kristie discussed the progress on the book elevator in the Colfax Branch.  It has been out of service for approximately 10 weeks.  She discussed avenues the library is exploring to fund a new elevator.  A new elevator would be ADA compliant for both staff and the public.  She further discussed the need for an elevator with accessibility issues for both public and staff to presentations, meetings and offices.  A brief discussion followed.

 Peggy discussed preliminary 2007 budget plans. She noted that the forecast for property taxes would most likely be a 1% increase from 2006 budget.  She further explained that since our budget is so tight, it would remain close to the 2006 budget.  Kristie explained that there would probably be a small percentage increase for staff salaries, noting that WCL usually follows closely what the County does.  The 2007 budget and 2006 revision will be presented at the September meeting,

 Kristie asked if board members liked receiving the minutes via email.  Becky indicated she did.  Kristie will continue to mail paper copies of board packets but noted she will move from paper format to electronic format for those who prefer it. She noted that the approved minutes are posted on the WCL website under “About your library.”

 Kristie announced that Jennifer Wall was recently hired as the children’s assistant.  She will begin training next week.

 Kristie thanked Rose Bruce for her great performance in Rosalia, noting her rising circulation statistics.  Rose will begin in Malden next week, as Lindsay will be leaving the library as the Americorp Volunteer.    Kristie also thanked Theresa Lautenslauger, the Rosalia sub, for her help in Rosalia and Malden.

 Kristie announced that the Friends of WCL Book Sale earned nearly $1900 this year.  She noted that sales were down a little, but was pleased since we didn’t have as many books.  The Friends of WCL are considering selling books year round, but have not come to any decision.

 Kristie discussed a vicious guide dog situation in Endicott.  A lawyer filed papers for the owner of a dog evicted from the library, stating the information received from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office did not offer, in his opinion, sufficient grounds to ban the dog from the library premises.  Kristie has turned the information over to our attorney, Gary Libey, who will review the situation.  Kristie will keep the board posted and ask for input as needed.

 Kristie shared an issue of the current Alki (a professional library publication in Washington) that featured several WCL staff.  Peggy was pictured in training at WLA, Cindy Wigen was highlighted for her presentation on marketing WCL and Kristie was pictured at National Legislative Day.

 Kristie discussed a meeting she recently attended at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library meetings in Olympia.  Peggy will begin to fill the position on the advisory committee.

 With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Colfax Library. 



Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary


Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director


Becky Dickerson, Chair


If you have any questions, please contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick
Whitman County Library
102 S Main Street
Colfax, Washington 99111

509 397-4366 or toll-free 1-877-733-3375