Whitman County Library Board of Trustees
February 16, 2010
Present: Becky Dickerson, Jon Kehne, Teresa Myott, Kristie
Kirkpatrick, Don Appel, Larry Kom
Becky Dickerson, Board vice-chair, called the meeting to
order at 4:05 P.M. on the second floor of the U.S. Bank
building, adjacent to the library. Kristie agreed to take the
minutes in Peggy's absence. The minutes of the previous were
reviewed. Jon made a motion to accept the minutes and Teresa
seconded. The motion carried. Larry Kom reviewed his written
report for the Board as related to the Colfax renovation. A copy
of that report is attached. Kristie inquired as to the best date
to plan for a Grand Reopening. Larry encouraged the group to
plan for early June, to which they agreed. Kristie thanked Don
for his work with the library's financials in Peggy's absence.
Becky welcomed Don to the meeting and concurred with the
library's appreciation of his efforts.
Kristie presented the financial reports. She reviewed the
budget report through December 21, 2009 and the account balances
report. She presented vouchers #10340-10387 totaling $14,314.20
and also construction fund vouchers 1013-1014. Jon motioned that
the vouchers be approved for payment and Teresa seconded. The
Kristie reported strong circulation statistics for the month
of January. These included circulation gains in Malden and
Rosalia, 6292 visits to the Rural Heritage online collection,
109 online librarian questions (Ask Us 24/7) and the impressive
increase in the number of volunteer hours worked at 118. Branch
circulation was strong enough to offset a 40% drop in Colfax
Kristie informed the Board that WCL and The Port of Whitman
are awaiting word on their application for Round 1 Broadband
Stimulus funding. Most other applications have been approved or
denied. The library is currently studying the feasibility of
applying for Round 2 but was disappointed to learn that
computing centers and equipment will not be a part of the new
Kristie updated the Board on efforts to restore funding to
Washington State Library. Earlier in the day, Whitman County
Commissioners agreed to send a letter of support to local
legislators and to members of the House and Senate Ways
Kristie shared a photo of last month's supporters of the
month, The Community of Endicott, represented by Mayor Strader
and his wife Barbara and Gail Bilow. Kristie also thanks John
Aune and Wanda Alderman for helping present those awards.
March Library supporter will be St. John Cable. Becky agreed
to assist in the presentation of that award.
Kristie reported that Lamont is seeking .09 funds to build a
community restroom, meeting room and library space. If the
project is funded, the community will seek contract service from
WCL. Kristie wrote a letter of support for Lamont's application
with service levels expected to be similar to that of the Malden
Kristie mentioned the recent Friends of the Library
fundraising letter along with plans to distribute a spring
newsletter/annual report. It will carry lots of photos and be
called Library Link.
The entire library system will be closed March 25-26 for a
major upgrade of the library catalog software system.
Kristie reviewed the library's tendency to provide staff
travel and training at a bargain rate. This includes writing
continuing education grants, sharing rides, sharing rooms or
bringing training to local venues to save money.
The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16th in
the U.S. Bank location.
Becky adjourned the meeting at 5 P.M., inviting Board members
to tour the renovation site.
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director and Recording Secretary
Becky Dickerson, Vice-chair
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