Director’s Association

Upper Hudson Library System
Friday, July 11, 2003 At UHLS (Joint Meeting with Automated Services Committee)

Attending: Jeff Cannell (APLM); Nancy Pieri (BETH); Carol Trager (BRUN); Darlene Miller (CAST); Deborah Canzano (COHS); Pat Nonamaker (EGRN); Barbara Nichols Randall (GUIL); Daryl McCarthy (NGRN); Margie Morris (POES); Judy Felsten (RCSC); Jane Minotti (SNLK); Barbara Kubli (STEP); Phil Ritter (UHLS); Gail Sacco (VOOR)

Visitors: Julian Critchfield, Dynix; Rawdon Cheng, UHLS; Carol Reppard, TROY; Geoff Kirkpatrick, BETH; Marcia Middleton, ALPM; Rob Carle, UHLS; Richard Naylor, COLN; Jonathan Koppel, UHLS; Peter Kowalski, UHLS

Meeting convened at 9:05 am.

DYNIX Report: Julian Critchfield, Chief Operating Officer of Dynix

ASC Motion (Nonamaker, Sacco) Accept the 4 recommendations from Dynix. Discussion regarding the need to do recommendations individually. Motion withdrawn.
ASC Motion (Nonamaker, Pieri) To install new T-1 line at UHLS. Carried.
ASC Motion (Sacco, Nonamaker) To install version 7.3 and Information Portal 2.1. Carried. Marcia Middleton cautioned that we need to upgrade when we are ready to do so, not by a specified date.

ASC Motion (Naylor, Cannell) Accept Dynix report and implement recommendation as well as possible. Encourage member libraries to implement the recommended changes as soon as possible. Carried.

Motion (Canzano, Sahr) to approve June 6, 2003 minutes. Carried.

UHLS: Phil Ritter

UHLS Administration: N. Pieri
There was a recommendation to the Board for an air quality improvement project. More fresh air is needed coming into the building. (This was approved at the 7/9/03 UHLS Board meeting)

Services: J. Felsten
No meeting. Judy is resigning her position as RCSC has received a Parent/Child Grant and that will take up her time. The Services Committee meets monthly and needs a new representative. Please let Pat Nonamaker know if you are interested in this.

Finance Committee & UHLS Board: J. Cannell
Authorization of Dynix network analysis - $10,000.
The UHLS Board of Trustees has three new members.

Central Library: J. Cannell
The preliminary planning consultation report recommends that Albany Public build two new branches, renovate two branches, and build a new main library.


Nuts & Bolts:
RCSC: Received a Parent & Child Grant. They will have a ½ time position for early childhood and family literacy outreach. Even Start is their partner.
GUIL: Also received a Parent & Child Grant. Reading Connections @ the Guilderland Library. This is a book discussion program. They are working with the school librarians at the middle school and the high school. The first year 8th graders and their parents will read the same book and have two separate discussion groups. The author of the book will come to the library to do a reading for both groups. There will be an online chat with parents, kids, and the author. The second year it would be 8th & 9th graders, using the 8th graders from the previous year and expanding. The guidance counselors will help to identify families to participate. DLD has asked GUIL to be the site for workshops for all libraries that received Parent & Child Grants.

Old Business:

New Business:

Motion ( Nichols, Sahr) Meeting adjourned 11:30am. Next meeting August 8, 2003 at UHLS.