Board Minutes 2010 12

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Russell Library, Middletown


PRESENT:  Kathy Rieger—BR, Cindy Muhlbach–HA, Marie Shaw—EH, Lydia Main—EL, Richard Conroy—EX, Sandy Ruoff—GU, Gale Bradbury—LB/LG, Bonnie Albanese—MA, Marcia Sokolnicki—MA, Deb Barberi—MD, Vince Juliano—MD,  Suzanne Maryeski—NL, Cornell McNair—NW,  Mary Fiorelli—OL, Meryl Farber—OR, Kelly Marszycki—RA, Leslie Scherer—WA, Janet Flewelling—WA, Todd Fabian—WD,  Alan Hagyard—LION, Andy Gardner—LION, Matt Beardsley—LION, Lew Daniels—WS, Cyndi Shirshac—DU, Susan Donovan—ST


I.  CALL TO ORDER:  President Kathy Rieger called the meeting to order at 10:17 A.M.



IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The minutes of the October 26 2010 meeting were accepted on a motion by Meryl Farber seconded by Lydia Main.

V. TREASURER’S REPORT:  Richard Conroy referred to handouts of the October 2010 and November 2010 reports and noted that the postage line reflected a credit received from Pitney Bowes.  There were no questions and the r eports were filed for audit.


  1. LEAP Libraries  The LEAP Libraries, North Haven, North Branford and West Haven have voted to join LION effective July 1, 2011.  West Haven and North Haven have signed the Lion buidelines.  Andy Gardner and Alan Hagyard are analyzing the configuration of LEAP’s Millenium system and will work with Innovative on how to translate LEAP’s information for a smooth migration.  Alan has asked Innovative for a late May date for migration in order to ensure that things are completed before LEAP’s contract with Innovative expires on June 30.  Innovative is unwilling to give any credit or concession to recognize LEAP’s previous investment in III’s system.  LEAP will pay all of the Millenium charges.

2.  Next Board Meeting:  March 1, 2011.  Wallingford will provide the refreshments.


  1. LION Staff

    • Matt Beardsley is continuing to install new computers for members.  He installed Envisionware at New London.  Meryl Farber thanked Matt for his excellent work in Orange.
    • Andy is working on the Leap migration and on completing the redesign of the webpac.
    • Alan explained the implementation of LION’s LibraryAnywhere mobile device catalog interface.  LibraryThing has been very responsive to requests for changes in the mobile app, and LION’s pricing is favorable.  Alan will add information on the mobile catalog to the main Pac screens.  LibraryThing will provide usage statistics.

Overdrive now has apps available for Android and I phones.  E-Books and Audio Books can now be downloaded directly to these devices.

  1. LION Committees

    • Finance Committee.  Richard Conroy reported that the Finance Committee met in November and projects no increase in 2011- 12 fees.
    • Personnel Committee.  Cindy Muhlbach reported that the personnel committee had completed Alan’s annual review.  The review was very positive and Cindy thanked Alan for his hard work.
    • Planning Committee.  No report
    • Bib Committee.  No report
    • Circ Committee.  Bonnie Albanese reported that the committee will schedule a meeting in the new year.
    • Pac Committee.  Janet Flewelling reported that the Pac committee met in December.  The Committee’s role has expanded to include all of the apps and digital services LION now provides.  Because ebooks are heavily used, and it appears that ebook readers will be a popular holiday gift, the Committee asked Alan to reduce the number of simultaneous Overdrive checkouts from 7 to 4.   Ebooks can be returned before their due date.  Current loan periods for Overdrive materials are 10 days for audiobooks and 14 days for ebooks.



Leslie Scherer moved that LION use $5000 from Reserves to add approximately 200 titles to the Overdrive Ebook collection.  Sandy Ruoff seconded and the motion passed unanimously.  Vince Juliano suggested that LION analyze ebook statistics going forward to be sure that investment in the collection is worthwhile, and all agreed.

X. ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Leslie Scherer


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