Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Uniontown Branch
February 28, 2012


Present: Becky Dickerson, Teresa Myott, Jon Kehne, Bob Bates, Chuck Petras, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Peggy Bryan and David Jacobs.

Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:44 p.m. He welcomed Chuck Petras to the WCL Board, Bob Bates after his recent absence and Uniontown Mayor, David Jacobs, a guest at in attendance. Jon asked for additions or modifications; Becky wanted to discuss school using library databases and Kristie asked if the Uniontown Library information could be moved up in the agenda.

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the minutes, Teresa Myott seconded and the motion carried.

Kristie thanked Mayor Jacobs for attending. She presented library facts hand-out on the Uniontown library, noting an increase in circulation of 26%. 755 youth have been served by library programs, which is up 25%. She praised Chelsea Leachman, Uniontown Branch Manager who also serves as the district’s Teen Librarian hosting programs in schools and libraries countywide. Mayor Jacobs thanked the library for all they do in Uniontown. He left the meeting.

Peggy presented the financial reports through December 31, 2011 and January 31, 2012. She presented payment voucher resolution #02-12 totaling $55,206.91. Becky motioned to approve the resolution and Chuck seconded and the motion carried.

Kristie presented the circulation reports for January. She noted that traditional circulation was down slightly, with the exception of Colton. Website visits, database usage, computer use, digital use (at 407), volunteer hours and programs continue increase. She reviewed the Facebook report, noting that most branches have a Facebook page. Kristie anticipates Garfield, LaCrosse and Rosalia having Facebook pages in the near future.


Peggy reviewed the library plans in the LaCrosse Market Building and WCL’s receipt of a .09 grant for that. The renovation is well under way, with the library portion framed in. She discussed the plans and also shared a photo. A completion date of June is anticipated.

Kristie discussed Lamont and the .09 funds their town received to build a new library. The structure is there, but work is not complete inside. Lamont needs to finish the project by November or they will have to pay back their grant back to the County. Kristie will be going to Lamont on Thursday, March 8 to visit with the city about the building and annexing to the library district. Paul Kimmel from Avista plans to go with her.

Kristie discussed the Endicott Library. Plans are being reviewed by the local building inspector and the city hopes to go out to bid very soon with a completion target date of August.

Kristie discussed the Bettie Stieger Community Enrichment Center. She announced that she & Peggy attended a RCDI Symposium at WSU on February 9. WSU Architecture students assist communities with various projects throughout the year. The symposium featured the Hamilton Building, St. John Museum and LaCrosse Masonic Hall. We anticipate hearing from WSU in a few weeks with more information on the projects that were selected.

Chuck Petras shared information on Fab Labs. Fab labs are a community space where people make things involving simulation, 3-D, desktop publishing, etc. He thinks Whitman County could be a hotbed for a project like this. Estimates to start a Fab Lab are estimated to be around $200,000+ according to MIT. WCL will monitor opportunities.


Kristie reported that library recently hired several staff: Diane Harp as Tekoa Branch Manager, Kate Lyle as LaCrosse Branch Manager, and Rachelle Ledbetter and Sara Garza have joined the circulation staff in Colfax. They are all doing a great job and the library is excited to have them join our staff!

Kristie announced the Library Supporter of the Month was Paul Kimmel and Avista. Paul and Avista have been generous library supporters in several ventures in our libraries.

Kristie discussed the open public records act as related to trustee emails. All emails are part of the records act with the exception of evaluations. Chuck asked if the board should have a library email address. A discussion followed. Kristie will gather more information and report next meeting.

Kristie invited board members to attend Randy Suess’ presentation, Tour the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on Tuesday March 7.

Becky inquired about WCL databases being used at local schools. She attended the St. John School Board meeting where they discussed Gear-Up database, through OSPI. She asked if library databases can be used in the schools. Kristie reported that schools can use our databases, but their filters sometimes block library databases. This can be easily resolved when working with the school technical staff. Kristie encourages all schools to subscribe to Proquest, which is a very affordable periodical database.

The next meeting will be March 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. in the Colfax Library. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:45.

 Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Jon Kehne, Board Chair

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.