Board Minutes 2011 03

Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Russell Library, Middletown

PRESENT:  Kathy Rieger—BR, Cyndi Shirshac—DU, Marie Shaw—EH, Lydia Main—EL, Richard Conroy—EX, Sandy Ruoff—GU, Cindy Muhlbach – HA,  Sandy Long—MA, Bonny Albanese – MA,  Katie Brossard – MC, Vince Juliano—MD, Deb Barberi – MD, Karen Roesler—ME, Suzanne Maryeski—NL, Mary Fiorelli—OL, Meryl Farber—OR, Kelly Marszycki—RA, Leslie Scherer—WA, Alan Hagyard—LION, Andy Gardner—LION,  Rick Widlansky—LION, Matt Beardsley—LION

I.  CALL TO ORDER:  Kathy R. called the meeting to order at 9:38 a.m



IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The minutes of were accepted on a motion by Sandy Ruoff and a second by Meryl Farber.
V.  TREASURER’S REPORT:  Treasurer Richard Conroy presented the cash flow statements for December 2010, and January 2011.  There were no questions.  The Reports were filed for audit.


  1. Overdrive fees.  Alan presented a summary of how fees are currently determined and two models with fees determined in part by each library’s usage.  The consensus was that member fees should be determined by a combination of operation charges for Overdrive services and acquisition costs for Overdrive materials.  The charge for Overdrive services per library would be calculated using the same formula as for membership fees, basically by size of the library.  The charge for purchase of the Overdrive collection will be calculated by each library’s usage the previous year.   In addition, LION will continue to subsidize a portion of acquisitions from reserves.
  2. Overdrive for nonmembers.  Alan presented a proposal for offering Overdrive services and our collection to non-LION members.  After a lengthy discussion it was decided to postpone further discussion on this topic until after the LEAP libraries are integrated into LION.
  3. Overdrive and Harper Collins.  Alan reviewed the implications of some Harper Collins proposals.  Harper Collins decided to limit e-books published by them to 26 check outs.  We will continue to monitor this proposal and how it will affect our e-book collection.
  4. Connecticar / State budget.  C-Car is crucial for our operation and the elimination of funding for it in the Governor’s proposed budget would be disastrous.  We will all urge our legislators to retain this and Connecticard funding.
  5. The next meeting: April 26, 2011 at Russell Library. 


  1. LION Staff
  • Andy G. – Work has concentrated on the migration of LEAP libraries.  Target date will be sometime at the end of May.  LEAP libraries will be invited to start attending LION Board Meetings in April.  Andy also attended a San Francisco meeting (location of Innovative headquarters) to participate in a WebPac workshop.
  • Matt B. – Distributed the computer install schedule.  He and Rick will begin installing in July.  It is suggested that if members plan to purchase additional computers that they coordinate it with the install schedule.  Matt also distributed the PC Update schedule.  The number of computers listed on the schedule is equal to the number of public computers plus OPAC’s.
  • Rick W. – Plans to visit LEAP libraries to review their computer/network setups in preparation for their joining LION.  All members are encouraged to complete the important CEN survey that was sent via e-mail. Fiber installs by CEN will continue through 2012.  Rick is also working on e-mail improvements.
  • Alan H. – Attended a meeting with Groton and Waterford Libraries about potential membership and plans to meet with Southington Library as well.  Also attended an Innovative Interfaces Conference for Directors. Innovative is working on a major software change that will run “under” the current platform so that what we see is the same but other operations such as reports will be greatly improved.  Beta testing begins soon.  Alan will keep us updated.
  1. LION Committees

No reports except for Bibliographic.  An intense workshop on RDA was held in January.



X.  ADJOURNMENT:  Kathy R. adjourned the meeting at 11:28 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

Karen Roesler

Next Refreshments: Woodbridge Town Library

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