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November 27, 2006

         Members present:  Mollie Keller,  Bob Harris, Daphne Deeds, John Barry, Judge Francis Hennessy , Joy Hostage, Mary Etter, Jackie Hemond, Allen Hoffman, Judge Joseph Flynn




Members absent:     Barbara Westwater





Others present:       Kendall Wiggin, Jane Beaudoin, Sharon Brettschneider, Lynne Newell, Bonnie Delaney (State Library), Christine Bradley (CLC) 


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Chairperson Mollie Keller called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. 






It was MOVED (F. Hennessy) seconded (B. Harris) THAT THE MINUTES OF THE September 25, 2006, BOARD MEETING BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED.  The MOTION was PASSED with one abstention. (A. Hoffman).






There was none.






Mr. Wiggin reminded those appointed members of the Board that their terms are coterminous with their appointing authorities.  Board members were encouraged to remind their appointing authorities that appointed Board member terms will expire when the appointing authorities are sworn in. 


Mr. Wiggin stated that the State Library’s All Staff Day is scheduled for December 13, and will be held at the Keeney Center in Wethersfield.  Board members are invited to attend this all day event.


At the 2005 Connecticut Library Association Conference State Librarian Kendall Wiggin gave a presentation entitled, “Riding the Wave, The Impending Sea Change in Library Employment”.  This presentation addressed the subject of aging library workers in Connecticut and data that implies that students are not interested in library related jobs.  A recommendation which resulted from Mr. Wiggin’s presentation was that data be collected to look into the public library workforce in Connecticut. State Data Coordinator Joanne Turschman has compiled a report “Riding the Wave, The Impending Sea Change in Library Employment-Results of the 2006 Survey of Public Library Personnel in Connecticut”.  This report includes unedited comments of the librarians who participated in the survey. It is also available on the Webjunction website -   The State Library has begun its own succession planning to prepare for pending retirements so that services are not interrupted.


The Division of Library Development held a very successful program entitled “Imaging Connecticut’s Past”, on November 14 at the Legislative Office Building.


Ken Wiggin stated that the main reading room has been renovated.  It now has new carpeting and new furniture.  Lynne Newell was commended for her organization in overseeing the project from its planning stage through completion.  






Connecticut Library Association (CLA): Chris Bradley reported that the Legislative Committee has met and established its priorities.  Priority #1 will once again be funding for Connecticard.  Other priorities are funding for the Connecticut Library Consortium, the InfoAnytime program, and for public library construction grants.




Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development (ACLPD):  No report at this time. 




Connecticut Library Consortium (CLC): Chris Bradley distributed three pamphlets with suggested books for holiday giving.  Many children’s and teen librarians contributed to the suggested lists.  These pamphlets include a “Love Your Library” voucher.  “Love Your Library” is a partnership of the Connecticut Library Consortium, The Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut State Library and the Friends of Connecticut Libraries with Barnes and Noble booksellers.  With each purchase at Barnes and Noble from December 1 - 3, 2006, Barnes and Noble will donate 10-20% of every sale at Connecticut store locations to Connecticut libraries.  Ms. Bradley reported that this was a very successful event last year and hopes the same for this year.




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




Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL):  No report at this time. 




Connecticut Heritage Foundation (CHF):  Mr. Wiggin stated that a meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2006.  Mr. Wiggin announced that plans are in the works for Kevin Johnson’s 300th presentation of Pvt. William Webb.  An event is being planned for January 11, 2007 from 5pm-7pm in Memorial Hall.  Diane Smith has agreed to participate in the evening.  There will be a suggested donation of $10 for all who want to attend.




Museum Advisory Committee:  Ken Wiggin stated that the Museum Advisory Committee met earlier today and adopted a Strategic Plan.  Mr. Wiggin distributed the Strategic Plan to the Board members for their review.  The Board’s approval will be sought at the next scheduled meeting.  The Strategic Plan is structured with goals.  It contains a new Mission Statement for the Museum and Ken Wiggin will be meeting with Museum staff to prioritize the list of goals.  Board members Daphne Deeds and Bob Harris are members of the Strategic Planning Committee.  Daphne Deeds stated that she feels this was an effective process.  The issue of outreach will be key to the future and making the museum’s constituency aware of what the museum has to offer.  Ms. Deeds feels that this is an effective way of developing an audience. Bob Harris agreed and stated that developing a strategic plan was necessary to move the museum out of a status quo and towards progress.  The Museum Advisory Committee will also be rewriting many of the museum policies.  When finalized, these rewritten policies will go before the State Library Board for approval. 


Judge Flynn asked if there was any response to the request to use 60 Washington Street for parking for State Library & museum patrons.  Ken Wiggin stated that he sent a letter to the Commissioner of Public Works but did not hear back.  Mr. Wiggin will follow up on this.






Budget Update:   Mr. Wiggin reported that he has submitted a letter to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) with the State Library’s expansion option requests.  After discussion with OPM, the budget options have been forwarded to the Governor’s office for her consideration.  Some of the requests are: to move $300,000 in bonding designated for library materials into the General Fund budget, $1 million in additional funds for iCONN, a Registrar for Museum Collections position, Processing Archivist position, and funds for promotion and outreach.

Budget Update




Legislative Update:  The State Library’s legislative package has been submitted to OPM.  Some items of concern are: the statutory signing authority of the State Librarian; the Executive Director of the Commission on Culture and Tourism is a member of the Museum Advisory Committee and it is desired that there be a provision to allow for a designee; public library construction grant amount limits to be at the discretion of the State Library Board; and a change to the depository program.  The State Library is still waiting to hear back on these legislative requests. 

Legislative Update







Approval of FY 2006-2007 State Public Library Construction Grant Recommendations:  Sharon Brettschneider explained that the bonding grant allocation for FY07 is $3.5 million with a $499,825 carryover from FY06.  There is also $500,000 that was returned by the Bill Library in Ledyard which brings the total to $4,499,825 in available grant funds.  Ms. Brettschneider explained the two categories that the funding is divided into.  .  A description of all the projects and the ranking of all eligible applicants were distributed to the Board in their packets for review.  It was MOVED (M. Etter) seconded (J. Hostage) THAT THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD ACCEPTS THE RECOMMENDATIONS WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE  STIPULATIONS. STIPULATION ONE (1) IS SOIL-BORING TESTS AND THE ARCHITECT’S LETTER ABOUT THE SOIL BE SUBMITTED TO STATE LIBRARY STAFF BEFORE SIGNING WITH A BUILDING CONTRACTOR.  AND STIPULATION TWO (2) IS THAT A PERK TEST FOR A SEPTIC TANK AND THE ARCHITECT’S LETTER ABOUT THE SOIL BE SUBMITTED TO STATE LIBRARY STAFF BEFORE SIGNING WITH A BUILDING CONTRACTOR, FOR THE STATE PUBLIC LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARDS FOR FY 06-07.  Category #1 (projects that create additional usable library space, such as new buildings, additions, and renovations) North Branford ($500,000 / with stipulations 1 & 2), Somers ($500,000), Ridgefield ($500,000 / with stipulations 1 & 2), Middlebury ($500,000 / with stipulation 1), Marlborough ($500,000 / with stipulations 1 & 2),  Category #2 (projects that make buildings handicapped accessible and in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), correct fire or building code violations, remodel to accommodate new technologies, or provide for energy conservation) East Windsor ($14,500), Killingly ($33,333), Seymour ($67,333).  PASSED unanimously.

FY06-07 State Public Library Construction Grants







2007 Meeting Calendar:   The State Library Board generally meets on the 4th Monday of every other month.  Due to a calendar conflict and the observance of a state holiday, the schedule for 2007 strays from the routine for the January and May meeting.  After some discussion of the suggested dates for next year’s schedule, it was decided that the May meeting be changed to May 23 instead of May 29.  It was MOVED (A. Hoffman) seconded (M. Etter) THAT THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD APPROVES THE FOLLOWING DATES FOR ITS REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETINGS IN THE YEAR 2007:  JANUARY 29, MARCH 26, MAY 23, JULY 23, SEPTEMBER 24, AND NOVEMBER 26.  PASSED unanimously. 

2007 Meeting Calendar









Judge Flynn asked if there was any more information to share regarding insurance coverage and appraisals.  Mr. Wiggin stated that he will follow up on this matter and report back to the Board.






At 1:57 p.m., it was MOVED (J. Hostage) seconded (B. Harris) TO ADJOURN.  PASSED unanimously.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2007, 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