Board Minutes 2013 05

9:30 am Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Middletown, Russell Library

PRESENT:  Karen Jensen – BR, Cyndi Shirshac – DU, Marie Shaw – EH, Lisa Timothy – EL, Richard Conroy – EX,  Sandy Ruoff – GU, Cindy Mulbach – HA, Gale Bradbury –LB/LG, Beth Crowley –MA, Bonny Albanese – MA, Katie Brossard– MC, Deb Barberi – MD, Karen Roesler –ME, Bob Hull – NB, Lois Baldini – NH, Suzanne Maryeski – NL, Cornell McNair – NW, Mary Fiorelli – OL, Meryl Farber – OR,  Jane Fisher – WA, Janet Flewelling – WA, Todd Fabian – WD, Kathy Giotsas – WM, Colleen Bailie – WM, Lew Daniels — WS, Alan Hagyard – LION, Andy Gardner – LION, Rick Widlansky – LION, Matt Beardsley – LION, Justin Strickland – LION

Roger Corriveau, from Recorded Books, demonstrated Zinio, a digital magazine subscription product, before the business meeting was convened.

I. CALL TO ORDER:  Richard C. called the meeting to order at 10:09 a.m.



IV.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES:   The minutes of the February 26, 2013 meeting were accepted as written on a motion by Marie S. and a second by Lisa T.

V.  TREASURER'S REPORT:   Treasurer Bob Hull, presented the cash flow statements for February 2013 and March 2013.  The Reports were filed for audit.  Alan H. noted that LION’s auditor will report on last fiscal year’s finances at the next Board meeting.


  1. Zinio discussion:  Following up on the demonstration of Zinio, LION members discussed pricing for the product.  The cost would be $40,000 for unlimited access for all LION libraries plus the digital magazine subscription costs which are approximately three times the cost for a print subscription.  General consensus was that this was very expensive.  Alan H. also encouraged members to review the digital magazine titles available through Zinio.  Many may not be of interest to LION members.   In addition, although there is an IPad app and the magazines may be downloaded to any PC, there is no Kindle or  Nook app. Consensus was that, although most members see magazine access going digital, it may still be too early to invest in it at this time.  Alan will contact a consortium that is currently a customer and report back to the Board on their experiences.
  1. FY2014 Budget – Treasurer Bob Hull summarized the proposed budget for 2013/14.   A modest increase is due to the following:  3%  salary increase for LION Staff,  increased standard mileage reimbursement rate, maintenance increases, and an increase to the cash reserves line which was somewhat depleted by the move to Sierra this year.


LION 2012/13 General and Overdrive Fee Schedules were distributed and discussed.  Richard C. suggested shortening the phasing in period of the fee schedule for those who are paying more than the new schedule requires.  Unfortunately the proposed budget requires the fees as presented, therefore Todd F. moved and Sandy R. seconded a motion to accept the fee schedules as presented.  Approved unanimously.

  1. Axis 360 – Todd F. reported on an Axis 360 demo held at the Wallingford Library last month.  Although there are many positive aspects of the service, it does not work with Kindles, it is relatively expensive, and most felt that adding another e-book platform would make it even more confusing and difficult for patrons.  Consensus was to keep reviewing services. Members interested in Axis 360 should contact Todd Fabian.
  1. The next meeting: June 18, 2013 at the Russell Library.  The Annual Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. The regular meeting will be held immediately after.


  1. LION staff – Alan reported that LION has earned 75,000 Innovative award points that must be “spent” by the end of June.  Alan reviewed the items or services for which award points may be used and recommended the following:  Spanish language OPAC, e-Commerce license, and a certificate for training opportunities. 

Sandy R. moved and Marie S.  seconded that the award points be “spent” on the items listed above.  Approved unanimously.

Alan also reported that Acton, Old Saybrook is up and running and that Hamden Library is looking at ILS consortiums and would like LION to make a presentation in June.  Andy reported that the Acton project went smoothly and that there would be a small Sierra update installed within the next few days.  Rick had no report and Matt reported that the computer replacements were done for this year and a schedule for next year would be forthcoming.

  1. LION Committees

– Nominating:  The slate of officers for next year will be as follows:

  • Todd Fabian – President
  • Beth Crowley – Vice President/President Elect
  • Bob Hull – Treasurer
  • Karen Roesler – Secretary

The election will be held at the regular meeting next month.

– Finance:  None

– Personnel:  None

– Planning/Negotiations: None

– Bibliographic:  Colleen Bailie reported that an RBA subcommittee meeting is scheduled to determine how LION will proceed  

– Circulation:  Last meeting was in March.

– LUX:  Janet Flewelling reported that the committee met in March and looked at the “new” Overdrive, reviewed the holds ratio for e-books, and statistics on Kindle and other device use.  Janet also announced that the committee would likely need a new chair since she will be on maternity leave soon.




X.  ADJOURNMENT:  Richard C. adjourned the meeting at 11:24 on a motion by Lisa Timothy and a second by Lydia M.


Next Refreshments: Meriden Public Library

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