|JULY 2000||Volume 2 Number 3|
At the March 27 regular meeting of the Board, Dick Lowenstein, Chairperson of the Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD) updated the Board on the progress of three ACLPD Task Forces. The Task Force on Public Library Funding, is considering revising the state aid grants to provide incentives for libraries to develop staff, materials, technology and space. The Task Force on Structure and Policy is working on policy recommendations regarding continuing education, Early Reading Success, and developing a position paper on the elements of good school and public cooperation. The Task Force on Library User Services is working on recommendations for interlibrary loan policies and procedures, and will look into ways to increase training and publicity for libraries regarding ADA and Assistive Technology. The Board also approved the State Public Library Construction Grant Timetable and Guidelines for 2000-2001. Mary Louise Jensen reported that the State Public Library Construction Grant Program Guidelines are revised annually and that the Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development had endorsed the proposed changes at their February 16th meeting.
After much discussion the State Library Board, in a 9 to 1 vote, revoked a State Public Library Construction Grant for the Greenwich Library from November of 1995. The Board was sympathetic to the circumstances surrounding the issue, but felt that making an exception in this case was not warranted and could set a bad precedent.
In a unanimous vote, the Board amended the personal service agreement with New Hartford Memorial Library giving them until May 1, 2001 to meet the square footage requirement of their grant. The Board action also stated that if the Library is not in compliance by May 1, 2001, then the Library will be allowed to keep the $350,000 State Public Library Construction Grant but it must forfeit the $100,000 LSCA Title II Public Library Construction Grant, repaying the $90,000 that they have received on their Title II grant.
On May 22 the State Library Board met at the Cheshire Public Library. Board Member Joy Hostage of Cheshire had made the local arrangements. The Cheshire Public Library Board Chair, Emmett Shutts and Director Ann Wrege were introduced, as well as Board members Jacqueline Sima and Nelle Mohrzynski. Mr. Shutts and Ms. Wrege made welcoming remarks.
Ann Clark, Chair of the State Library Board welcomed Board member Fred Petersen who was recently appointed to the State Library Board by Senator Eads.
The Board unanimously approved a Resolution for Leon Shatkin, State Data Coordinator acknowledging his more than 30 years of dedicated service to the Connecticut State Library and expressing its appreciation and extending sincere wishes for many fulfilling, pleasurable, and healthy retirement years.
In further action, the Board approved amendments to the State Library Board Bylaws. Ms. Clark thanked Board Member Judge Hennessy for spearheading the revision of the Bylaws. Judge Hennessy noted that the amendments addressed technical problems and clarified language in the Bylaws.
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