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August 2013

MINUTES
Eldora Public Library Board of Trustees
August 27, 2013
PRESENT: Dean Stickrod, Mary Swartz, Jerry Trittien, Jill Stanish, Lou Schafer, Kristin Gehrke,
Dan Gehring

Rachel Inks expressed interest in the vacant board position and was present to observe the meeting.

MINUTES approved. BILLS approved.

Dan explained that there had been multiple complaints about the speed of the library’s wifi. A new router
was purchased that will allow both Mediacom and Heart of Iowa connections to access the new copier.

New router will be installed by Heart of Iowa.

New copier has been in use for approximately a week. Dan said that staff are still learning about its
features. Black and white copies will remain 25 cents per page and color copies will be 50 cents per page.

Dan’s director report indicated that the city of New Providence is considering raising their budget amount
given to libraries. Board agreed that additional funds would be helpful but no formal proposal will be
given to the city. Lou will check into what guidelines might dictate giving amounts.

Dan made a proposal to bring the Dulcimer Guy back in October for a Halloween program. Proposal was
for a children’s (not very scary) program and a teen/adult scarier program. The fee is $500 plus motel to
do three programs. Some concerns were expressed regarding the cost and the scare factor. It was agreed
that the library would schedule one children’s program as long as Dan could find two other libraries to
share the cost of bringing him in.

The downspout on the front of the building has been bent. Grounds Committee member, Lou, will look at
the damage and make a recommendation for repair or replacement.

Dan asked for input on long range planning for the library.

Discussed library levy. Board unanimously decided not to pursue a library levy at this time.

Police had expressed concern over the number of people hanging around the library after hours
(presumably using the library wifi). The police would like the library to turn off their wifi when library is
closed. The topic was tabled until a future meeting when an officer can provide additional information
regarding frequency and/or reports of misconduct to justify shutting down wifi.

Board discussed the purchase of a new digital projector for the meeting room (current projector has a
discoloration on the lens that interferes with clarity of projection). Board approved the purchase of a
projector for approximately $321. It was suggested that Dan verify the unit can be ceiling mounted.
Installation and wiring concerns will be discussed at a future meeting. Old projector can be used
elsewhere in the library; patrons may possibly be able to check out as well.

Discussed a buying group offer from EBSCO for various databases (auto repair, consumer health, hobbies
& crafts, home improvement, small engine repair, NoveList Plus and NoveList Select). No buying
decisions were made at this time.

NEXT MEETING: September 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm.