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January 2011



Eldora Public Library Board of Trustees

January 25, 2011

PRESENT: Dean Stickrod, Lou Schafer, Kristin Gehrke, Mary Swartz, Gary Knox, Jill Stanish, Dan Gehring

MINUTES approved. BILLS approved.

Ben Speck visited the library and suggested 2’x2’ lights (flush with ceiling tiles) to help better illuminate the shelving on the edges of the atrium. Still waiting for the estimate. Dan will check whether a higher watt bulbs can be put into the existing atrium lights.

The library received $300 from Walmart to help pay for offsite access to the online newspapers. The original newspaper project designer is no longer with the company; Dan will try to contact another person to get the set up completed.

Discussed applying for grant funds from the Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation. It was agreed that funds should be sought to help purchase additional Family DVDs for the library.

Dan checked into converting computers from DSL to wireless internet. This will result in library savings of about $20/month. Board approved the action.

The NEIBOR audiobook service is being used but patrons have complained that many books have long waiting periods. Dan suggested that in the future we may want to give additional funds to NEIBOR to help expand their collection.

Dan distributed information about a computer designed for preschoolers. It would be loaded with educational software and not linked to the internet. Marshalltown library purchased one and liked it so much they purchased a second unit. It is currently on sale for $2229 through mid-February. Dan will check if Hardin County Empowerment could help make this purchase or whether another grant could be applied for.

Based on a new state law the formation of library districts is now allowed. Dan indicated this might be a more efficient way to operate the library. However, our library could lose autonomy if it were part of a district. No decision was made at this time.

Discussed the possibility of doing a Library Levy in the fall. Board agreed to put this off at this time. Additional funds may become available to library if city imposes a franchise fee (which would help cover past shortfalls in the book budget).

Discussed budget. Dan suggested increasing the budgeted amount for audio books and DVDs. Discussed part-time salary line item. Board suggested a 2% raise instead of the 2.75% originally proposed.

Discussed Interlibrary Loan. Board agreed to eliminate costs to patrons for this service. If demand increases greatly, the possibility of limiting patrons to so many free ILL loans per month was discussed.

NEXT MEETING: February 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm.

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