Board of Trustees Meeting
May 20, 2008
Present: Rebecca Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, John
Aune, Teresa Myott, Alicia Wilson, Troy Wilson, Kristie
Kirkpatrick and Peggy Bryan.
Leslee Miller, board chair, called the meeting to order at
6:18 p.m. following a tour of Farmington and Tekoa branch
libraries. Leslee asked for additions or modifications to the
agenda. There were none. The minutes of the previous meeting
were reviewed. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the
minutes and Jon Kehne seconded. The motion passed.
Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget, Account
Balances Reports and May vouchers #9210-9257 totaling
$13,746.17. Board members signed to authorize payment. Kristie
reviewed circulation reports for April. The circulation
statistics showed an increase of 7% system-wide. The report
showed that Albion, Colton, Endicott, Malden, Oakesdale,
Palouse, Rosalia, St. John and Colfax had increases in their
circulation. There were significant increases in online usage
with database usage up by 1000, website visits up by 3000 and
online catalog searches up by 62,000.
CONTINUED BUSINESS: Kristie reported on the progress with the
Headquarters building upgrades. Kristie noted that fundraising
is continued, with an application sent to Avista Corporation and
local banks. Alex McGregor pledged to contribute 20% for all
funds donated to the building renovation or Hayden's Corner. A
list of donors to the renovation project was passed out.
Kristie reported that the St. John building project is
nearing completion, with plans to move the library the first
week of June. Volunteers will form a book chain to assist with
the move. An open house will be scheduled sometime after the
move. She noted Clancy's hard work in coordinating the
furnishings and all library related details.
Kristie announced the public information meeting on the
Colfax Renovation project was postponed. It will likely be
rescheduled for June at the Colfax Library.
NEW BUSINESS: Peggy presented an updated list of the Friends
of the Library, noting several new members.
Peggy reviewed the proposed Budget Revision. John Aune made a
motion to accept Budget Revision, resolution #05-08. Jon Kehne
seconded and the motion carried.
The library supporter of the month is Becky St. John from
Tekoa. Becky was presented with the award during the tour of the
Tekoa Branch Library. Kristie thanked Becky for her donations
and support of the library.
Kristie reported on National Library Legislative Day. She
shared pictures of her trip, noting her visits with state
legislators, the Librarian of Congress and the Newseum. She
distributed the report of her trip that she compiled for WLA.
Kristie reported that the Town of Garfield's desire to annex
to the library district. They are in contact with Whitman County
and hope to have it on the ballot in November. Becky Dickerson
made a motion to approve annexation of Garfield the Whitman
County Library District. John Aune seconded and the motion
Kristie announced that the library was awarded a Laptop Lab
Grant. This is an LSTA federal grant through Washington State
Library. This lab will give staff the opportunity to offer
training in library branches throughout the county. Kristie
thanked Don and others for their work on this grant.
Kristie announced that all 14 branches received a Libri
Grant. She thanked Clancy Pool, Kristin Williams and Sheri
Miller for their efforts on this grant. This grant will add 980
children's books to our collection.
Kristie reported that the Heritage Digitization Grant will
give us the necessary equipment to scan historical and fragile
documents, thus preserving them. The equipment has been ordered.
Also, the One Book Grant will provide one free book to every
child who attends summer reading programs.
Kristie read a thank you from Marie Doak expressing her
appreciation to the staff and board for the gift at the recent
Annual Staff Development Day noting her 30 years of service to
Kristie expressed her appreciation to all the WCL staff for
the great work they've been doing, crediting their efforts in
allowing her the time to focus on fundraising for the Colfax
safety and ADA renovation project.
The board decided not to meet in June. The next board meeting
will be on Tuesday, July 15 at the LaCrosse Branch. The board
will leave Colfax at 4:00 p.m., stop for a tour of the Endicott
Branch before traveling on to LaCrosse.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:55.
Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director
Leslee Miller, Board Chair
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