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May 2006

   Whitman County Library

Board of Trustees Meeting

Colfax Branch
May 17, 2006
3:30 p.m.


Present:   Leslee Miller, Teresa Myott, Becky Dickerson, John Aune, Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick. 

Becky Dickerson, board chair, called the meeting to order at 3:45. She asked if there were any additions or modifications to the agenda; there were none.

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed.  John Aune made a motion to accept the minutes, Leslee Miller seconded and the motion carried. 

Peggy presented the Financial Reports; April 30, 2006 Budget Report and Account Balances Reports. She reviewed May vouchers #7906-7975 totaling $24,590.57.   John Aune made a motion to authorize payment of the vouchers.  Leslee Miller seconded and the motion carried.  Board members signed to authorize payment. 

Kristie presented the circulation statistics for April.  The circulation of materials was down 961, with an 808 decrease in Colfax.  Rosalia circulation had an increase of 259.  Database usage was up by over 1000 and online catalog usage increased by more than 1200.   Program attendance was strong. John Aune noted the impressive program attendance at Rosalia and St. John Branches. 


 Kristie discussed negotiations with Neill Public Library for a shared computer catalog system.   Gary Libey, Attorney, had reviewed a proposed contract with Neill Public Library but library administrators have determined that our current contract already covers the same points.  Kristie anticipates that we will need to take approximately $30,000 out of Capital Reserve for the computer catalog upgrade in October.  Kristie also stated that Gary Libey updated the contracts with Tekoa and Palouse because of their annexation to the library district.


 Peggy presented the updated Friends of the Library membership list, with 2 new members. 

 Kristie announced that her brother, Jess Walter, received the Edgar Allen Poe top mystery award for his third novel, “Citizen Vince.” 

 Kristie discussed the Library Supporter of the Month award for May.  It will be presented to Jack & Virginia Pittman at the next Friends of WCL meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.  If any board members can attend to assist in the presentation, let Kristie know.  She will ask Don Cox or Dave Buri to assist in the presentation as well.

 Kristie discussed National library Legislative Day in Washington D.C.   She traveled with the Washington State delegation, leaving on April 28 and returning on May 4.  She reported that the trip was successful, meeting with Cathy McMorris and other assistants.  WLA paid for the trip.  She shared a newspaper article from the Community Current and thanked Becky for the excellent coverage of library news.

 Kristie gave each board member an Official Brag List for WCL.  The list was compiled to assist Board members in discussing the library with community groups or others.

 Peggy reviewed the contract fees, city annexation fees and taxes received from rural property owners.  Kristie shared branch information, statistics and costs for 2005. 

 Peggy discussed the All-Staff Library meeting that was held earlier in the day.  The meeting included speakers on Stress Management and Readers Advisory.  She felt the meeting was successful.

 The board went into executive session for the Director’s performance appraisal at 4:30.  The anticipated time of the session was expected to be 30 minutes.

 With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 a.m.  The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 21 at 4 p.m. in the Garfield Library. 


Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary


Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director


Becky Dickerson, Chair


If you have any questions, please contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick
Whitman County Library
102 S Main Street
Colfax, Washington 99111

509 397-4366 or toll-free 1-877-733-3375