Connecticut State Library with state seal

State Library Board

State Of Connecticut, Record Of Proceedings
July 26, 2004

Members present:
Judge Francis Hennessy, Fred Petersen, Mollie Keller, Lucy Gangone, Ann Clark, Allen Hoffman, Fran Rabinowitz, Bob Harris

Members absent:
Larry Kibner, Judge Joseph Flynn, Joy Hostage

Others present:
Kendall Wiggin, Jane Beaudoin, Lynne Newell, Sharon Brettschneider, Mary Louise Jensen, Bonnie Delaney (State Library), Barbara Butler (CLC), Anita Wilson (Friends), Betsy Bray (ACLPD), Michael Golrick (Bridgeport Public Library)

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Chairperson Ann Clark called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. Ms. Clark stated that Board member Larry Kibner had to leave the meeting because of a family emergency. Ms. Clark continued that Board member Joy Hostage was absent due to medical reasons. Ms. Clark asked that the Board members keep Mr. Kibner and M. Hostage in their thoughts and prayers.

Ms. Clark asked if there were any revisions to the May 24, 2004 minutes. There were none. It was MOVED (F. Hennessy) seconded (A. Hoffman) THAT THE MINUTES OF THE MAY 24, 2004 BOARD MEETING BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED. PASSED with one abstention (B. Harris).


Ken Wiggin stated that the State Library has been approached by a vendor to digitize The Hartford Courant from 1765-1922. Mr. Wiggin feels this is a positive project and has approached the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in an attempt to acquire funds for this project. Mr. Wiggin also met with the Hartford Courant. They also expressed interest in the project. No funds were committed at this time. Mr. Wiggin encouraged the Board to contact him if they know of any other possible sources of funding for this project.

Mr. Wiggin informed the Board that the State Library Building is under going a thorough exterior cleaning. The Judicial Department is paying for the cleaning as well as having the bronze doors cleaned and the front steps redone.

Connecticut Library Association (CLA): No report at this time.

Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD): Chairperson Betsy Bray reported that ACLPD met in June. ACLPD has formed a Task Force to examine the Connecticut General Statutes in order to update the language. Ms. Clark encouraged Ms. Bray to contact the Office the Legislative Commissioner's office for assistance. ACLPD has also formed a Nominations Committee because its terms of office will expire soon. Ms. Bray also reported that ACLPD has contracted with Mary Jackson for a cost study for public libraries to participate in the Connecticar program. The first meeting with Mary Jackson will be on August 10.

Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC): Barbara Butler introduced herself to the Board as the Director of the Tolland Public Library and also the new Chairperson of CLC. Ms. Butler reported that CLC had a successful annual meeting in June with over 80 libraries attending. Ms. Butler thanked everyone for their successful efforts in acquiring the $300,000 for CLC.

Association of Connecticut Library Boards (ACLB): No report at this time.

Friends: The new Friends president is Anita Wilson. Ms. Wilson reported that the new Friends Board has been elected for a two-year term. The Friends summer edition of FOCLPOINT is now available. Fall programs are currently being planned. In 2005 the Friends will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Advocacy Committee: No report at this time.

Budget Update: Mr. Wiggin reported that he would like to schedule a meeting of the State Library Board's Finance Committee in the near future.

Legislative Update: Mr. Wiggin stated that the State Library will also be looking into updating the language of its general statutes. The State Library will be resubmitting some legislation relating to electronic state publications in the next legislative session.

Grant Extension for the Black Rock Library (Bridgeport): Mary Louise Jensen provided history on the Black Rock Library's grant extension request. The Black Rock Library had to end its relationship with the original architect and obtain a new architectural firm. This delayed the renovation project about one year. The new architects are working with revised drawings and plan to go out to bid by the end of the year or early next year. For this reason the library is requesting a grant extension. It was MOVED (L. Gangone) seconded (B. Harris) THAT THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES BLACK ROCK LIBRARY'S EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE TO INITIATE ITS PROJECT FOR THE $375,000 STATE PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANT TO SEPTEMBER 27, 2005. PASSED with one abstention (M. Keller).

Michael Golrick, Director of the Bridgeport Public Library, took this opportunity to voice his concern about who has the authority to sign for library grants and is concerned that the Attorney General's office isn't fully considering statute 11-33. Mr. Wiggin stated that a meeting with the Attorney General's office has been scheduled.

Appointments to Connecticut Digital Library Advisory Board (CDLAB): Sharon Brettschneider explained that two members of the CDLAB have resigned. In the last CDLAB election there were many outstanding candidates to select from. Instead of going through another recruitment process it was decided that the Board would choose two new Board members from the remaining candidates. Melissa Behney, Reference Librarian at the Charles E. Shain Library and Anne Marie Kaminsky, Head of Adult Services at the Simsbury Public Library were chosen and are being recommended for State Library Board approval for membership on the CDLAB. It was MOVED (L. Gangone) seconded (A. Hoffman) THAT THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES THE APPOINTMENTS OF MELISSA BEHNEY (LIBRARIAN, OTHER) FOR A TERM EXPIRING 12/31/04 AND ANNE-MARIE KAMINSKY (PUBLIC LIBRARIAN) FOR A TERM EXPIRING 12/31/05 TO THE CONNECTICUT DIGITAL LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD. PASSED unanimously.

Nominations Committee: Judge Hennessy, Chair, reported that he and Fred Petersen had been appointed as the Nominations Committee. The Committee sent the Board a letter asking if anyone would like to be considered for the position of Chairperson or Vice Chairperson of the State Library Board. Three Board members expressed an interest in serving. Mollie Keller expressed an interest in serving as Chairperson and Bob Harris and Larry Kibner expressed an interest in serving as Vice Chairperson. Chairman Hennessy reported that the current Chairperson has chosen not to seek re-election. Chairperson Hennessy read the credentials of the nominees and stated that Nominations Committee is fortunate to have such outstanding people to choose from and is pleased that these nominees put their names forward. Judge Hennessy stated that after careful consideration, it was recommended that Mollie Keller be elected Chairperson of the State Library Board for the term ending July 2005, and Bob Harris be elected Vice Chairperson for the term ending July 2005. The MOTION was seconded (F. Petersen) PASSED unanimously.

Fred Petersen MOVED that the State Library Board give Ms. Clark a vote of thanks for doing such a wonderful job as Chair. Ms. Clark's leadership will be missed.

Mollie Keller thanked the Board for their confidence in her.

Ken Wiggin informed the Board that many Save the Date cards for the 150th Anniversary Gala have already been mailed out. The event will be black tie optional. Mr. Wiggin encouraged the Board members to let him know of any potential contributors for this event that he could meet with. Mr. Wiggin stated that one of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation Board members has donated the printing of the Save the Date cards.

Ann Clark stated that she would be remiss if she didn't thank the staff of the State Library for being so wonderful and hard working. Ms. Clark reported that she attended last year's State Library All Staff Day and was very impressed with entire staff. Ms. Clark stated that the State Library employees are a very dedicated group who efficiently serve the state.


At 1:40 p.m., it was MOVED (F. Hennessy) seconded (A. Hoffman) TO ADJOURN. The next meeting is scheduled for September 27, 2004, at 1:15 p.m. (lunch at 12:30 p.m.) at the Van Block Facility.

Respectfully submitted,


Kendall F. Wiggin, Secretary


Jane Beaudoin, Recorder