June 19, 2007
Present: Becky Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, Teresa
Myott, John Aune, Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick.
Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:04.
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky made a
motion to accept the minutes, Leslee Miller seconded and the
Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget Report through
May 31, 2007, June Vouchers and Account Balances Reports. She
reviewed May vouchers #8608-88668 totaling $14,123.52. Kristie
reviewed circulation reports for May, noting that overall
circulation was down a little. Circulation in Colton was up by
36% with 156 check-outs, while Malden and Oakesdale had large
decreases. Website visits increased by 1000 and on-line catalog
searches dropped. The database activity had huge increases, as
Bridges had an overwhelming 20,883 uses. Kristie attributed this
to Senior Projects, college searches and senior end of the year
projects. Overall, the statistics were solid.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Kristie reported that Mark Dailey, from
INTEGRUS Architecture in Spokane toured the library and Hamilton
building on May 29. Peggy & Kristie discussed the current
use of space in the library building with the architects, both
strengths and weaknesses. Integrus felt WCL staff workflow
issues might be even greater than public accessibility issues
with a building that was not well designed for library use.
Integrus was quite impressed with our current meeting room, but
it needs a safer and more attractive stairway entrance,
accessible restrooms and basic design improvements. Initial
impression of the Hamilton Building is that extensive renovation
would be required and bringing the building to code was of great
concern. Given WCL budget, limited taxing options and our
untested ability to fundraise, Integrus advises a three-tier
approach: · Improve the staircase into the basement, allowing
better access to the large meeting room and make other
additional basement improvements · The addition of an elevator
accessing the basement, main floor and mezzanine along with
other main floor accessibility issues. · Expansion into the
existing Hamilton Building with offices and smaller public
meeting rooms. The board discussed the options recommended by
Integrus and the costs involved. Kristie will inquire about the
Integrus fee if we have them study the first two options, rather
than all three. A discussion followed. The board asked Kristie
to proceed with her work with Integrus and the first two
options, especially in light of the aging book elevator, and to
contact the assessor's office to better understand WCL's taxing
Peggy presented the Friends of WCL membership list, with
twelve new members.
Peggy asked that the Budget Revision be delayed until the
next meeting, as more changes could be included at that time.
Peggy left the meeting at 5:00.
The Board reviewed circulation statistics for every branch
that included computer use per hour. Results show Colfax is the
busiest location with nearly 36 circs per hour and Oakesdale the
slowest at just over 7 circs per hour.
Kristie shared a cost comparison of a Whitman County Library
Branch with two independently run small town libraries. The
comparison overwhelmingly demonstrates a cost savings and
service benefits for a small town to belong to a library system.
Kristie will prepare similar reports whenever visiting town
The Board named Doris Johnson of Farmington as June's library
supporter of the month. She was praised for her support of that
branch library and her community.
Becky reported that the St. John Library has gone out for a
second round of bidding after modifications to the building
Kristie reported the Kevin Adair summer reading kick-off was
a huge success. Adair and Sheri Miller visited every county
school along with local branch managers. Nearly 2000 children
took part in this grant project funded by LSTA and administered
through the Washington State Library.
James Morasch and Don Appel just concluded 7 weeks of public
technology classes at the Colfax Library. Kristie felt the
quality of instruction was excellent but overall attendance was
Kristie reported the astounding success of the Bridges
project with area high schools led by Erica Willson. Besides
high usage of the software, all of the schools that participated
last year have signed on again for next year with Tekoa
considering it too. This project was funded in part by an LSTA
Whitman Hospital is working with Whitman County Library to
educate the public about basic health issues. In the communities
of Colfax, Endicott, Lacrosse, St. John and Garfield, the
project will provide health materials for checkout and health
related public programs. Health care officials will also assist
in weeding the WCL collection of dated or unsafe health related
books and videos.
Kristie reminded the Board that the WILL conference is Sep
27-28 and the library has budgeted to send 1-2 board members.
Don Appel received an LSTA grant for a wireless computer
network for all branch locations (Farmington may be the
exception due to technical issues.)
The next board meeting will be July 17th in the Uniontown
Library followed by a tour of the Alpaca Ranch and dinner at
Eleanor's. Anyone wishing to share rides will depart Colfax
promptly at 5:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 5:20.
Bryan, Recording Secretary
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director
Kehne, Board Chair