Connecticut State Library with state seal

State Library Board Minutes

State Of Connecticut, Record Of Proceedings
State Library Board
January 28, 2002

Ann Clark, Joy Hostage, Judge Francis Hennessy, Mollie Keller, Edmund Sullivan, Judge Joseph Flynn, Edwin E. Williams, Larry Kibner, Fred Petersen

Betty Sternberg

Others Present
Kendall Wiggin, Jane Beaudoin, Lynne Newell, Sharon Brettschneider, Richard Kingston, Mary Louise Jensen, Bonnie Delaney, (State Library), Mary Engels (State Library/CLA) Betsy Bray (CLSUs), Chris Bradley (CLSUs), Pat Holloway (ACLPD), Marge Storrs (Friends)

The meeting was called to order at 1:15 p.m. by Chairperson Clark.

Ms. Clark announced that it was with great sadness with which we observed the loss suffered by our State Librarian, Ken Wiggin, on the recent death of his son Douglas. It was further observed that because the State Library community considers itself a family, the Board honored Douglas' life with a standing moment of silence.

The entire Board enthusiastically wished member Ed Sullivan a very Happy Birthday.

It was MOVED (E. Sullivan) seconded (E. Williams) THAT THE MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 26, 2001, BOARD MEETING BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED. PASSED unanimously.

Public Comment

State Librarian's Report
Mr. Wiggin thanked the Board for the flowers that were sent in honor of his son's passing and for the many expressions of sympathy. He and his family greatly appreciated it.

Kendall Wiggin reported that he has recently visited the off-site storage area at Van Block. Rich Kingston was commended for his work in preparing Van Block for the Library's off-site storage area.

Mr. Wiggin answered questions about the Bond Commission. The State Library did not make the Bond Commission's last agenda but is resubmitting its request for consideration on its February agenda. Fred Petersen stated that the State Library's Financial Report would be easier to read if the committed funds were listed separate from the non-committed funds.

Mr. Wiggin also answered questions regarding the Judicial Department's concern over the serving of beer and wine at functions in Memorial Hall. Mr. Wiggin informed the Board that this is a concern of the new Chief Justice since Judicial's policy prohibits alcohol in any court buildings. Mr. Wiggin is continuing to work to resolve this matter with the Judicial Department.

Sharon Brettschneider distributed an article on iCONN that appeared in the New London Day. Ms. Brettschneider also reported that she was interviewed by Channel 61 last week to feature iCONN.

Other Reports
Connecticut Library Association (CLA): President Mary Engels reported that on January 10, CLA hosted two events. One was a Legislative Link Workshop held in the Legislative Office Building. The speaking program covered how to be effective advocates for libraries and also the CLA legislative agenda. Following the workshop was a reception celebrating the 250 photos of different libraries that are adorning the walls in the concourse of the LOB. These photos will remain in the LOB until January 31.

CLA also kicked off it's "Get Connected @ Your Library" public awareness campaign. Ms. Engels distributed bookmarks to the Board.

The Legislative Pot Luck Supper will be held on March 20, 2002, from 4:30p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the State Library. Information on the Pot Luck Supper was distributed.

At their January meeting, CLA adopted guidelines for making their programs more accessible to people with disabilities.

On opening day of the legislative session, legislators will be given an iCONN library card with a special bar code which will give them access to all of iCONN's databases.

Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD): Pat Holloway reported that ACLPD has two main projects it is working on. They are the Library Services and Technology Act and continuing the evaluation for the Division of Library Development's 5 Year Plan.

Cooperating Library Service Units (CLSU): Betsy Bray, Director of the Cora Belden Library and President of CRLC, introduced herself as well as Chris Bradley, Director of Eastern Connecticut Libraries. Ms. Bray and Ms. Bradley distributed folders filled with information about @ Your Library, The Campaign for America's Libraries. The Campaign is a five-year public education campaign sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country to project the value of libraries and librarians and the vital role played by public, school, academic and special libraries across the nation. The CLSUs are very supportive of this campaign.

Ms. Bray stated that 100,000 iCONN bookmarks and library card holders were made by Eastern Connecticut Libraries and are available for purchase by libraries. The bookmarks are $20 for 100 and the library card holders are $15 for 100.

Association of Connecticut Library Boards (ACLB): Sharon Brettschneider reported that ACLB is already working on next year's Leadership Conference. The target date for the Conference is October 10, 2003.

Fred Petersen asked if the State Library Board has representation on ACLB. Ms. Brettschneider stated that there is no State Library Board representation on ACLB at this time, but if any Board member would like to get involved she would be glad to speak with them.

Advocacy Report: Ken Wiggin reported that he has already begun to schedule meetings with legislators.

Friends: Marge Storrs reported on the activities of the Friends of Connecticut Libraries. The Friends co-sponsored a reception for Jack Short. Funds raised from the reception were placed in the Norma Hanson Short Endowment Fund. The Friends are currently working on boosting its membership. Membership forms were distributed to the members of the State Library Board.

The Friends will be involved with the CLA Pot Luck Supper coming up on March 20. The Friends will also be sponsoring a speaker for the CLA Conference in April. Diane Smith will be the honorary spokesperson for the Friends of Connecticut Libraries Month in April.

Museum Advisory Committee: Board member Ed Sullivan reported that the Museum Advisory Committee meets two or three times a year which makes it difficult to give a report at each State Library Board meeting. Mr. Sullivan stated that according to Museum Administrator Dean Nelson, museum visitation is down 60% since September 11.

The Museum of Connecticut History will host a traveling exhibit about the Holocaust entitled "Witness to War" which will be opening April 15, 2002 and run through August 25, 2002. This exhibit is made possible by the generosity of the Connecticut Humanities Council and the Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

The "Connecticut for the Union" exhibit may be opening sometime this Spring, 2002. Mr. Sullivan stated that the loss of space to the Judicial Department impacts the Museum's progress on this exhibit.

The Museum will be moving some large machinery from the collections to the new off-site facility on Van Block Avenue.

Old Business
Budget Update: Ken Wiggin reported that he hasn't received any additional budget reductions. The book budget is still an area of concern. Rich Kingston added that the State Library will need to be careful when the legislature reviews surplus funds.

Legislative Update: State Library is working on handouts that will be used when approaching the Legislature for assistance.

The State Library has no new legislation proposed this year. The iCONN budget will be carefully monitored.

New Business
Approval of the State Public Library Construction Grant Timetable & Guidelines for 2002-2003: Mary Louise Jensen explained that the Timetable and Guidelines are reviewed yearly by State Library staff. The Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development endorsed the proposed changes at its meeting on December 19, 2001. The proposed changes to the State Grant Program for Public Library Construction Timetable and Guidelines 2002-2003 were distributed to the Board in their packet for review. It was MOVED (F. Petersen) seconded (E. Williams) THAT THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES THE STATE GRANT PROGRAM FOR PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION TIMETABLE AND GUIDELINES 2002-2003. PASSED unanimously.

Approval of Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board Nominees: Sharon Brettschneider reminded the State Library Board that at their November 2001 meeting, the new Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board By-Laws were approved. The By-Laws authorize the State Library Board to fill positions on the Connecticut Digital Library Board for two public librarians, two school librarians, one "other" librarian, and one business/library user. At the last Connecticut Library Network meeting individuals were recommended to fill positions on the new Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board. It was MOVED (E. Sullivan) seconded (L. Kibner) THAT THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES THE APPOINTMENT OF ALAN BENKERT, CHERYL BETURNE, LU-ANN COGLISER, JENIFER O'CONNOR, EDWARD MURRAY AND ALFRED HOPKINS TO THE CONNECTICUT DIGITAL LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD FOR TERMS BEGINNING IN FEBRUARY 2002. PASSED unanimously.

Other Business
Board member Frank Hennessy stated that he had a conversation with a librarian about the stress involved in the library profession. Judge Hennessy asked if it would be worth while to look into stress management courses for librarians if they don't already exist. Sharon Brettschneider responded that she believes there are courses available through continuing education. Ms. Brettschneider will raise the issue at the next meeting of the Continuing Education Committee and will report back to Judge Hennessy. Betsy Bray, Director of the Cora Belden Library, stated that individual towns also offer wellness programs.

Fred Petersen updated the Board on the activities of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation. Foundation members met with a representative from The Phoenix. Although The Phoenix can not offer corporate support, they may consider supporting the Connecticut Heritage Foundation in a philanthropic manner.

AT&T Broadband continues to support the Connecticut State Library with in-kind services. AT&T Broadband has been in attendance at the History on the Move school visits with the Foundation and has also interviewed Ken Wiggin and Foundation Board Members Fred Petersen and Art Mulligan for its cable network program "Community Connections."

The meeting was adjourned at 2:18 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2002, at 1:15 p.m. (lunch at 12:30 p.m.) and will be held at 75 Van Block Avenue, the State Library's new off-site location.

Respectfully submitted,

Kendall F. Wiggin, Secretary
Jane Beaudoin, Recorder