Director’s Association

Upper Hudson Library System
Friday, May 3, 2002 At UHLS

Attending: Jeff Cannell (APLM); Ginny LaJuene (ALTM); Nancy Pieri (BETH); Carol Trager (BRUN); Deborah Canzano (COHS); Bob Jaquay (COLN); Pat Nonamaker (EGRN); Barbara Nichols Randall (GUIL); Carol Gaillard (HOOF); Lenny Zapala (MEND); Pat Sahr (NASS); Margie Morris (POES); Judy Felsten (RCSC); Paul Hicok (TROY); Phil Ritter (UHLS); Bobbi Crowther (VAFL); Gail Sacco (VOOR); Barbara Schoen (WVLT)

Visitors: Jo-Ann Benedetti (UHLS); Mary Fellows (UHLS)

Meeting convened at 9:04am.


Motion: (Cannell, Trager) to approve April 5, 2002 minutes. Carried.

UHLS: Phil Ritter

Motion: (Cannell, Schoen) UHLS should move ahead with the applications for the three LSTA grants presented. Carried.

Information on these grants will be sent out to all libraries within the next two weeks. There was a brief discussion about sending information, such as the grant proposals, out prior to the Directors’ Association meeting so that everyone has a chance to look them over and formulate questions and comments.

UHLS Administration: N. Pieri

Motion: (Pieri, Canzano) Request that the UHLS Board of Trustees revise the requirements for the Lifetime Trustees to: any Trustee that has served two (2) full terms and has the second term expiring in that calendar year, with the list for the first year only to include Trustees retiring in the previous calendar year. Carried.

Services: J. Felsten (Barbara Kubli attended as a substitute but was not present today to give a report)

Automated Services Committee: N. Pieri (Pat Nonamaker reported)

Central Library: J. Cannell

Nuts & Bolts:

TROY: Received a call from someone complaining that although the building is handicap accessible, the programs are not as they are held on the second floor. This person would like all programs to be stopped until they are accessible to everyone. It was suggested that Paul contact the library’s lawyer and someone in a community development group. He needs the opinion of someone with expertise in this area.

VOOR: 1. Gail is concerned about her budget passing. 2. They are starting to interview a needs assessment consultant for a building project. It will be 5 years before they break ground. She said that they hope to have a document storage facility in the new building.

COHS: 1. COHS & WVLT have submitted a grant to work with Even Start for Book Start classes. 2. The Center for the Disabled will be moving into the downstairs of the library building.

BRUN & POES: Received absolute charters from State Ed on April 23rd.

BRUN, POES, GRAF: School ballot vote in Brittonkill School District on May 21st. Lat year it went down by one vote.

BRUN & SNLK: Received a $10,000 grant from Howard & Bush to purchase 6 desktop computers and a laptop. Carol Trager wrote this grant and had offered to add any Rensselaer County library that was interested to it. Only SNLK was interested or in need.

BRUN: Starting Planning for Results. Received $2050.00 from Community Foundation.

TROY & BRUN: Pulled plans to go to Troy City School District for a school ballot due to the serious financial difficulties the district is having.

ALTM: Had Roadrunner installed yesterday.

GUIL: George Washington exhibit there until June 6th. A former trustee portrayed G.Washington at the opening day event for the exhibit.

COLN: Town approved contracts for building projects.

BETH & COLN: Concerns about DVD’s and damage. There is a product to help repair them. COLN sent 3 of its worse DVD’s to be repaired and will let everyone know how it worked.

Old Business:

New Business:

Motion: (LaJuene, Gaillard) Meeting adjourned 10:45am.

Next meeting June 7, 2002 at UHLS.