Arcola Public Library District

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Board Meeting Minutes: 10/11/04 and 11/8/04

Arcola Public Library District
Arcola, IL
Board of Trustees
October 11, and November 8, 2004

Present: Kibler, Hackler, Veach, Saunders, Roberts, Stout, Pryor, Head Librarian Switzer and Director Rollings

Elevator maintenance issue: Elevator has been having problems – We have contracted with James Tapp/Otis elevator for monthly maintenance and repair. The elevator has been repaired.
Per Capita Grant: The Long-Range Plan for the Library has been completed. The writing of a Long-Range Plan was needed in order to complete the Per Capita Grant. The Per Capita Grant has been completed and submitted to the State.

Donated: Jeff & Rita Saunders have donated a new wooden Trash receptacle for the west Lobby.
Newly installed: New lighting has been installed in the old section of the basement. The lights are more cost efficient and are a part of the Lighting Grant we received earlier this year. Also installed at this time, was an emergency light in the Men’s restroom. If the power goes off, it will come on. One was not needed for the Women’s restroom because of the light from the windows. The lights in the upstairs reading room and genealogy room will also be replaced in the future.

Library Website: Jessi White continues working on the web site. After working with computer consultant Andy Temples it will be possible for her to update and keep it current from her home. The address for the web site has changed to the following:

There have been 3 policy changes:
  1. The Meeting Room policy has been modified. Anyone interested in using the room in the basement can contact the Library to get a copy of the policy.
  2. Copy charges policy has been changed. The charge will be 10 cents per page, back to back copies will be considered to be 2 copies. There will no longer be a reduction for bringing your own paper.

New Library card policy: 1 form of identification will be needed, the new card will be mailed to the address, when the card arrives it will then be active and can be used. If the card is returned to the Library the card will not be activated.

Landscaping: Elliot Smith approached the Library about completing the landscaping around the Library for his Eagle Scout Project. He presented plans to the Library. Work is to start soon. If anyone would like to donate to this project, see Librarian Switzer. Be sure to designate that the funds are for the landscaping project.

Children’s area computer: We will be purchasing a new computer and monitor workstation for the basement area. In order to go on-line for material check-out, another port will be purchased at a cost of approximately$4000. This will enable the patrons to check out material in the downstairs and not have to go upstairs.

Board Member positions: There are four Board member positions up for re-election in the April election. Members whose terms expire: Jon Kibler, Sue Stout, Jaye Roberts and Rick Hackler, who was appointed to complete Dick Millers term. Three of the board members are seeking re-election. Anyone interested in filing a petition may pick up the materials at the Library. The term is for four years.

Humboldt annexation continues: The Library is currently extending Temporary Library Cards to people in Humboldt Township. This card can be used at any Lincoln Trail Library, which includes the Mattoon City Library. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this offer. The card would be active until the possible annexation is put on the ballot.

The Teen Advisory Board: Librarian Switzer is meeting with a group of young adults. They are to help with creating programs and areas of interest for youth in the Library.

English Classes: Mrs. Doris Perez has approached the Board about holding classes to teach English to Spanish speaking patrons. Details are to be worked out.

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Board Meeting Minutes - 9/13/04

Arcola Public Library District
Arcola, IL
Board of Trustees
September 13, 2004

The Board of Trustees of the Library District met at 7:00 p.m on 9/13/04

Present: Kibler, Hackler, Veach, Saunders, Roberts, Stout, Pryor, Head Librarian Switzer and Director Rollings

Visitor: Jessica White

Minutes: Approved as corrected (Name of vendor Bill Otto, not Yoder as listed) on a motion by Veach, second by Saunders.

Treasurer’s Report: Bills presented to be paid in the aamount of $3,777.46 plus payroll expended (to be paid at the end of the month) on a motion by Roberts, second by Stout.

Librarian Report: Circulation of materials was down slightly from previous month, but computer usage increased. Doris Perez joined the staff of the Library on 8/02/04. She will be working mainly in the children’s department. Katy Miller, a senior at Arcola High School returned to work and will be working 20 hours a week in conjunction with the Co-op program at the High School. Hiring of these 2 people will enable us to have a person downstairs in the Children’s area at all times.

Old Business: Jessica White spoke with the board about the Library Web Site. She has been hired to create and maintain a Web page. She had some questions for the board. The web site is under construction at this time but can be found at:

Elevator maintenance contract & Phone issue: Veach called several different companies to get pricing for maintaining the elevator. The board decided to go w/ a 5-year contract with Otis Elevator Company. We can pay annually and receive a 3% discount. This is the company that actually installed the elevator. They will also install the emergency phone at no cost, they will be able to check for possible problems off site through the telephone line. They will also make on site visits to make sure the elevator is working properly. Budget: The board moved to adopt the proposed budget for 2005-2006. Air conditioning: There continues to be a problem with the air conditioner in the building addition. Contact has been made with the air conditioner company as well as the contractor and architect. There is concern that the units that were installed may not be big enough to service the area. Fred Sampson is to come and do more painting of windows and caulking of the windows in the dome. Front door: Kibler is getting prices on replacing the front door – due to its age it does not work properly. Its size is a major factor in replacing (4’ x 8’). Video Cooperative Collection – the Library will continue to be a part of this program. The cost is $425.00 a year. This is a service that allows Libraries to have a rotating collection of videos. Each library keeps a them for a month, then they are rotated to another Library.(these are the videos in the red boxes). The Per Capita Grant is due October 1st. In order to apply for this Grant you must have a Long-Range Plan. A committee of Board members and Arcola residents has been selected and will meet to complete the Long-Range Plan. At this time the committee is made up of: Alice Meador, Waldo Perez, Joan Veach, Librarian Switzer and Board member Jaye Roberts.

New Business: The Lumpkin Foundation is offering a class/seminar on how to find and go about getting Grants for the Library. The cost is $50.00. It was suggested that Rollings might want to attend, she is to call and get more information.
Meeting adjourned at 9:29 p.m.