Board Minutes 2010 04

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Russell Library, Middletown


PRESENT:  Kathy Rieger—BR, Marie Shaw—EH, Lydia Main—EL, Richard Conroy—EX, Stephanie Johnson—GU, Gale Bradbury—LB/LG, Sandy Long—MA, Deb Barberi—MD, Vince Juliano—MD, Michelle Baker—ME, Suzanne Maryeski—NL, Cornell McNair—NW,  Mary Fiorelli—OL, Meryl Farber—OR, Kelly Marszycki—RA, Leslie Scherer—WA, Jan Day—WD,  Alan Hagyard—LION, Andy Gardner—LION, Matt Beardsley—LION,


I.  CALL TO ORDER:  Kathy Rieger called the meeting to order at 9:39 A.M.



IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The minutes of March 9, 2010 were accepted on a motion by Richard Conroy seconded by Mary Fiorelli.

V.  TREASURER’S REPORT:  Richard Conroy referred to handouts of the February 2010 and March 2010 reports.  There were no questions, but Sandy Long noted that the first column under operating payments should be labeled FY 2010.  The Reports were filed for audit.


  1. Proposal—Task force for services and fees.  Alan reported that the Task Force met on April 1, 2010, and recommends that the pc replacement program be suspended for fy 2010-2011.  The suspension would reduce the workload on LION staff and give the task force time to analyze LION core service and develop a full statement of services and fees.  Lydia Main moved that:

Lion suspend the PC replacement program for the fiscal year 2010-2011.  The replacements in the current year (2009-2010) will be fully realized.  During the suspension, LION will continue to service its inventory of PC’s.  If a unit (PC or monitor) becomes unserviceable, it will be replaced.  The budget line will remain so that the library fees will stay stable, and the unused funds will go into the reserves.

Mary Fiorelli seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

  1. Overdrive for non-members.  Alan presented and discussed two possible methods for LION to offer Overdrive downloadable services to nonmember libraries.  Alan commented that many possible models that could be developed, and factors to be considered include upfront and ongoing costs, investment in the current collection, impact on other users, and additional income for LION.  Sandy Long commented that the question of LION services to nonmembers should be addressed in the context of the strategic planning process already underway.  Richard Conroy pointed out that the State Library has a new program that will permit libraries to add downloadable titles as part of the state wide collection.  Vince Juliano suggested that offering the service might give LION additional income with which to develop the collection.  Meryl Farber pointed out the Overdrive services are more reasonable priced through the consortium than for an individual library.  Kathy Rieger referred the issue to the Task Force on fees and services.

Next Board Meeting:  June 22 2010.  New London will provide the refreshments.



  1. LION Staff

    • Alan reported that the new notices are in production, and provided each board member with a sample notice.  Cover sheets are no longer produced.  Patron records with 99999 zip codes should be corrected.  LION is now printing postage and putting the notices directly into the mail.  Overdue notices will be run daily and bills weekly.
    • Andy reported favorably on the Innovative users group meeting in Chicago.  Release 2009B will be available in May 2010, and includes improvements to the circ module.  LION may move to this release as soon as this summer, barring reports of problems from other sites.  LION will investigate Skyriver as a possible lower cost alternative to OCLC for bibliographic records.
    • Matt reported that the Dell installs are almost complete.  He anticipates that the moratorium on PC replacements will free up about 30 hours per month of LION staff time for other projects.

Kelly Marszycki suggested that LION offer periodic programs or demos of new technologies for support staff.  Matt commented that this might be done through the emerging technologies committee.  Alan suggested this might be done on a regional basis, and Marie Shaw said East Lyme High School could be a venue.  Alan asked if it would be helpful for LION to purchase devices such as the Nook for members to see.  The Board consensus was that this would not be necessary.  Kathy Rieger asked that the committee lists be posted to the website and mailed to the Board.

  1. LION Committees

Acquisitions, subcommittee of the bibliographic committee will meet on April 29 at the LION office.




Kathy Rieger congratulated Jan Day on her upcoming retirement from the Woodbridge Town Library, and Marie Shaw on the completion of her Doctorate

X.  ADJOURNMENT:  and adjourned the meeting at 10:37 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Leslie Scherer

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