Director’s Association

Upper Hudson Library System
Friday, August 3, 2001 At UHLS

Attending: Jeff Cannell (APLM); Helen King (ALTM); Carolyn Brook (CAST); Deborah Canzano (COHS); Pat Nonamaker (EGRN); Carol Gaillard (HOOF); Lenny Zapala (MEND); Pat Sahr (NASS); Margie Morris (POES); Phil Ritter (UHLS); Bobbi Crowther (VAFL); Gail Sacco (VOOR); Barbara Schoen (WVLT)

Visitors: Mary Fellows, YS Consultant (UHLS); Richard Naylor, Asst. Director (COLN)

Meeting convened at 9:00am.

Welcomed the new director at Castleton Library – Carolyn Brook


Motion (Zappala, Canzano) to approve July 6, 2001 minutes. Carried.

UHLS: Phil Ritter

Presentation by Mary Fellows of two items that UHLS is investigating for member libraries. UHLS would like feedback and/or decisions by the Directors’ Association as to whether they should proceed.

UHLS Board: P. Nonamaker

UHLS Finance: P. Nonamaker

See UHLS Board

UHLS Administration:

See UHLS Board

Interest Groups: P. Nonamaker

No meetings in July or August


Pat Nonamaker reported that CIPA issue was discussed.

Automated Services Committee: P. Nonamaker & R. Naylor

FYI: Gail Sacco shared that search engines such as Yahoo & AltaVista now have companies paying for the privilege of having their site come up first on the search engine. People need to be aware of this when looking for information.

Central Library: J. Cannell

Nuts & Bolts:

ALTM – Helen King announced that she will be leaving Altamont at the end of August to go to the Brown School in Schenectady. (We all wish Helen the best of luck. She will be missed.) Also, the Altamont Library will be having a Buck-A-Bag Book Sale the week of August 13th.

VOOR – Gail had a complaint about the movie Requiem for a Dream. It did not have a rating, as the director would not accept NC-17. Patron was offended as he watched it with his 12-year-old daughter. VOOR had purchased this video based on all the award nominations it had received.

WVLT- Barbara reported that they had 100 children and 20 adults attend a performance of The Puppet People. They also served hot dogs and ice cream. It was a wonderful program and she recommends it to others.

Rensselaer County - Pat Nonamaker reported that she, Paul Hicok, Carol Trager, and Margie Morris met with County Executive Kathy Jimino to discuss the need for increased funding for Rensselaer County libraries for the upcoming year. We requested that the technology money that was received last year be kept in the budget, especially in light of the migration to the new automation system and the need to upgrade for it.

Old Business:

Times Union – Albany had a nice article about their new computer lab on the front page recently

New Business:

Gail Sacco requested that the Directors’ Association set aside 1 or 2 meeting for workshops/discussions for trustee orientation & policies and to discuss ways to use the information gathered from the salary and benefits survey. This should be separate from a regular meeting and its agenda.

Motion ( Crowther, Gaillard) Meeting adjourned 11:20am. Next meeting September 7, 2001 at UHLS.