Upper Hudson Library System
Friday, September 6, 2002 at UHLS
Attending: Ginny LaJuene (ALTM); Nancy Pieri (BETH); Darlene
Miller (CAST); Barbara Nichols Randall (GUIL); Carol Gaillard (HOOF); Lenny
Zapala (MEND); Pat Sahr (NASS); Margie Morris (POES); Judy Felsten (RCSC);Jane
Minotti (SNLK); Verna Bink (SCHG); Phil Ritter (UHLS); Bobbi Crowther (VAFL)
Meeting convened at 9:05am
Motion (Zapala, Gaillard) to approve August 9, 2002
UHLS: Phil Ritter
- Online resource brochure regarding workplace safety is on the way to member
libraries. Phil received a copy of this brochure, felt it would be helpful
and ordered a copy for each library.
- Annual report is at the printer and will be distributed as soon as it is
- Training specialist hired – Robert (Rob) Carle. He will begin on
September 9th. Rob has experience in teaching and in library science.
- Reminder – AV Repair Workshop on September 12th. Call Rachel to register.
- Reminder – Switchover for IMAIL is on September 18th. No VAX mail
after that date. Call Jonathan for assistance.
- Reminder – YS Workshop on September 25th regarding Homeschoolers.
Call Mary to register.
- Epixtech training dates are October 29th through November 14th. The first
two weeks will be held at UHLS. The implementation team will approve the final
schedule. After the third week, UHLS will evaluate the need for more training.
There is no firm date set for beginning Epxitech, although the target time
is for the end of November or beginning of December.
Circulation – full day training
Catalog – ½ day training
OPAC – ½ day training
- Learn-A-Test Program is up and running. This is considered to be part of
the Outreach Extension Program. This is a one-year subscription and will be
re-evaluated for renewal.
- Chapter-A-Day has been renewed for one year.
- Riverway Storytelling Festival is scheduled for April 3-5, 2003. Co-sponsors
Times Union – will provide in-kind publicity
Hudson River Bank & Trust – monetary donation
WAMC – will provide publicity and at least one program will be held
in their auditorium
- Reminder – UHLS workshop survey is due September 27th. Send it to
- Most libraries should have received their erate checks
- Pool Collection – September 30th is the last day to choose books.
No decision has been made for disposing of the remaining books. Many agencies
have been through to get books.
- The video collection is being weeded. These items will be offered to member
libraries. More details will be sent out in the near future.
- LSTA Grants – Library Leadership Development Center has been denied.
Approved grants are:
New Planning for Results $30,000
Tech Valley Tech Libraries $16,630
Imagination Storytelling Camp $49,258
Nancy asked about construction grants. Phil has not heard anything.
- UHLAN Contract – Draft was distributed. Automated Services Committee
needs to approve this and refer it on to the UHLS Board. Phil briefly reviewed
changes. If there are any questions, they should be brought to the ASC meeting
on September 24th.
- Annual Salary Survey – draft distributed. This is the same survey
that was approved last year with two changes. The first question regarding
the numbers of hours in a library work week was eliminated. This had caused
a great deal of confusion and the results were not useful. The part of question
8 that asked about employees receiving merit raises was also eliminated.
Motion: (Felsten, Gaillard) Annual salary survey should
be distributed as presented with the addition of one question to read "how
many hours per week does a full-time employee work" and also the addition
to the entire survey of a "not applicable" column. Carried.
- Library Advocacy Advisory Committee – met Wednesday evening and suggested
creating an educational/proMotional brochure to distribute
to funding sources. This would create a listing of the unique things that
libraries do. Ginny explained the reason behind the request and the need to
have this information. Phil explained the use of such a brochure at the local,
county and state level. Email any items to be considered for inclusion in
the brochure to Phil by September 20th.
UHLS Administration: N. Pieri
Meeting to be held next week.
Services: J. Felsten
Finance Committee & UHLS Board: J. Cannell
Automated Services Committee: N. Pieri
Nancy had questions for the committee regarding the upcoming training
Central Library: J. Cannell
Nuts & Bolts:
Everyone was pleased to hear that East Greenbush’s budget vote had passed
and by a very nice margin.
RCSC: Negotiated for air conditioning.
BETH: Starting construction on a curbside book return
MEND: Starting October 3rd they will have an eight part American Film
series on World War II
GUIL: Renovating YA area – new furniture. Grand Opening to be
held during Teen Read Week. They will be offering a public showing of Monsters,
Inc & Lord of the Rings.
Directors’ Association Conference – please get your registration
sent in to Pat Nonamaker at East Greenbush as soon as possible.
Loss of the Times Union on Dialog@CARL. Rachel has been working with the state
on this issue. Phil shared that this is a problem across the nation as newspapers
are no longer willing to give away their product. Talk to Rachel if you have
any questions or ideas.
Motion (LaJuene, Gaillard) Meeting adjourned 10:15
Meetings for November and December have been changed back to the original dates
on the first Friday of the month, as there is no longer a conflict with Epixtech
training for November.
October 4 – Directors’ Association Conference at HVCC
November 1 – at UHLS
December 6 – at UHLS