Board of Trustees of the Menomonee Falls Public Library
W156 N8436 Pilgrim Road, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051-3140
February 11, 2015 Regular Meeting
Francine Rau, Janet Dake, Peggy Haas, Doris Barnes, Kathleen Lysaght, Kathy Finley, Jeremy Walz
Jane Schall, Ellen Rohr
Call to Order at 6:00 pm in the Library Board Room by President Rau.
Dake made a motion to approve the Minutes of the January 14 business meeting, second by Barnes, approved.
Haas made a motion to approve the bills as printed, second by Finley, approved.
New Business - Items for Discussion and Approval
Discussion/action regarding completing the statement regarding library system effectiveness for the annual report to the state. - Schall presented a statement regarding the effectiveness of the Waukesha County Federated Library System which will be included with this year's annual report. A motion was made by Lysaght, second by Barnes to approve the statement presented. Motion approved.
This year the system had a new director for the full year, had a retirement, and also some staff responsibility changes. The new director has made a point of looking at the staffing of the system and what would best fill the needs of the sixteen libraries in the system. Connie and the staff were very good at listening to the directors and the staffs of the individual libraries. They took the information they were given and addressed our concerns in a fair and equitable way. The budget process was very open and much more information was given to the directors. The system’s funds were evaluated and purchases were made with the needs of the member libraries in mind. Procedures are also being looked at and evaluated for their effectiveness. We feel that the system is moving forward in a very positive way.
Unfinished Business - Items for Discussion Only
Waukesha County Community Foundation - further discussion regarding a Foundation for Menomonee Falls Public Library. Schall will contact Jason Kaczmarek at the Village Financial Services Office to find out if we can withdraw money from state pool in order to seed a foundation. Schall to get back to the board at the March meeting.
It was suggested to start the foundation in conjunction with next years 110th anniversary of the library.
President's Report - Rau thanked Emma Cobb, Reference Librarian, for her good work trying to download a book from Overdrive on to her Kindle. Emma stuck with it trying to find a solution.
Painting of Tech Services and Circulation - We had Dublin Contractors come in and paint Circulation, Tech Services, a couple of downstairs offices, the hallway and the youth study room. Schall offered a tour after the board meeting.
Youth Art Month - scheduled for March. March 3 is the reception. They will be taking down the art on March 25. Parochial school art will be up the month of April.
The library board's meetings are now listed on the village meeting calendar with agenda and attached minutes. The library also has its own calendar that we can put our events on. Another place to publicize.
Employee of the Month - Schall would like to name Katie Wichmann the employee of the month. She is our newest employee. Katie is energetic and takes initiative. She has volunteered to create book lists for both Young Adult and Adults. She is developing a Staff Picks handout that she will distribute every couple months or so. She updates the Teen Blog. She does a display in the youth library on a unusual topics. She also is a very avid reader. She reads books from all genres. A definite asset to the Menomonee Falls Library.
Trustee's Report - Walz reported on the new businesses coming into Menomonee Falls.
Friends' Report - There was no meeting in January. The next meeting is Feb. 24.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Topics for next meeting agenda
Job Descriptions if any.
Adjournment - meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm. Motion to adjourn made by Dake, second by Lysaght. Approved.
Ellen M. Rohr
Approved by Library Board March 11, 2015
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