Meeting Notes January 10, 2002
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON PRESENT
WASHINGTON STATE LIBRARY PRESENT
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
The Library Council of Washington meeting was called to order by Chair, Neel Parikh. The new members of the Council were introduced: Eve Datisman – Librarian, Quillayute Valley SD (Forks High School) – representing School Libraries; and Leonoor Ingraham-Swets – Director of Library and Media Services, Clark College – representing 2-Year Academic Libraries.
REVIEW MEETING AGENDA
A 1:00 p.m. tour of the King County Law Library was added to the agenda.
Sharon Winters moved that the November 1, 2001 meeting notes be approved as written. Nancy Graf and Lethene Parks seconded the motion. The motion passed.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS - CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
A motion was made and seconded, nominating Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory for Chair. Hearing no other motions, nominations for Chair were closed. Jonalyn was approved as Chair and will begin her duties at the next meeting.
A motion was made by Carol Cahill and seconded by Sharon Winters, nominating Ann Marie Clark for Vice-Chair. Hearing no other motions, nominations for Vice-Chair were closed. Ann Marie was approved as Vice-Chair and will begin her duties at the next meeting.
COUNCIL VACANCIES - DIVERSITY POSITION RECOMMENDATION
Three applications for the vacant Diversity Position were considered: Merri Hartse – Spokane Public Library; Yazmin Mehdi – Seattle Public Library; and Deborah Reck – Tacoma Community House.
Linda Pierce suggested that in the future, it would be helpful if applicants also submitted a resume; the rest of the Council agreed. After a discussion on each candidate, Nancy Graf moved and Lethene Parks seconded that Yazmin Mehdi be recommended to the Commission. The motion was approved. The Council wanted to encourage the other two candidates to apply for future positions, since they both have strengths that could benefit the Council.
WASHINGTON STATE LIBRARY - GOVERNOR'S BUDGET AND POTENTIAL
IMPACT ON WSL, SDL, AND LCW ACTIVITIES
A discussion was held on the affects of the governor’s budget on the SDL, and LCW activities. Information provided included:
The Council’s recommendation to the Commission is to continue funding SDL for another two and half years. For the remainder of CY2002, they recommend that $300,000 be made available from FY2002 LSTA funding which means that previously approved FY2002 initiatives would be affected.
The Council wanted to recommend support of SDL because of its success, but was reluctant to start new projects because of the uncertainty of future the Washington State Library and funding. The recommendation is that the new initiatives (Connecting Through Information Literacy, Coordinated Statewide Library Marketing, and Washington Preservation) be postponed and reconsidered for funding during the FY2003 proposal process. The Council looks very favorable on these proposals and stated they could be resubmitted in the future after funding issues are resolved.
The Council will also recommend that the three grant cycles reduce the amount of funding available for award. Early Learning would be reduced by $20,000; Diversity would be reduced by $25,000; and VRS would be initially reduced by $10,000, and if the remaining funding could not be found within FY2001 funds, VRS would be reduced an additional $10,000.
For the overall time period beyond June 30, 2002, the idea of reducing the level of SDL staff support services to less than 2 FTE's was discussed. They considered the idea of also reducing the LSTA subsidy and increasing local library support by an equal amount. The LCW endorsed the idea of reducing the total funding available to the program by $75,000 and leaving the decision on distribution of the funding to the SDL program.
The Council decided that they would send a letter to the Appropriations Committee of the House and Senate outlining the concerns the LCW has over the closure of the WSL.
KING COUNTY LAW LIBRARY
Jean Holcomb, Law Librarian and Director, gave an overview of the King County Law Library and its services. The library provides legal reference services to lawyers, judges, law clerks, and law students, as well as the general public. The primary funding source comes from a share of the civil filling fees in District and Superior Court so the LSTA grant the library received was very much appreciated and needed. They are also pleased to be the first public law library to receive Gates Foundation grants. Due to time restraints, it was decided to move the tour until after the meeting closed.
LAST 5-YEAR EVALUATION - OVERVIEW BY STAFF
Jeff Martin presented an overview of the LSTA Five-Year Evaluation. There are several minor changes to be made, but no major recommendations.
IMLS STATE PROGRAMS CONFERENCE - IMPLICATIONS FOR PLAN
An overview of planning highlights was given and implications for plan development were discussed.
LSTA 5-YEAR PLAN
A review of document due dates was discussed. The new Five-Year Plan must be submitted to the Institute of Museum & Library Services by July 31, 2002.
INFORMATION SHARING AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
A certificate of appreciation was presented to out-going Chair, Neel Parikh for her dedicated service and leadership as Chair of the Library Council of Washington.
Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, Seattle.