Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Present: President Young; Trustees Barnett, Gibson, Hull, Miserendino, Pierson, and Westropp; Youth Liaison, Cynthia Stamelos; Administrative Librarian Grabbe; and Administrative Assistant Grasmick.

Absent: Trustees Champ and Dettling.

President Young called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

There were no changes or corrections to the minutes of the February 8 meeting.

Trustee Gibson moved to accept the minutes of February 8, 2011. Trustee Hull seconded. Motion carried.

Administrative Librarian's Report:

Valerie Wolfgram is the only employee taking advantage of the early retirement program. Since she had already reduced her hours to part-time, current staff will absorb her hours.

Two of the adult circulation department staff members are out due to illness/injury.

The library will be closed all day on Friday, April 8, 2011 for a staff in-service day. The day will be devoted to learning about new technologies.

We launched our new catalog on March 1 st. We have instruction sheets available to walk patrons through setting up a new account. If you had an account created already in iBistro, you do not need to create a new account, but you do need to add a username. BiblioCommons has social networking capabilities, including a “book shelf” to keep track of what you’ve read or plan to read.

We had the initial meeting for our web site redesign. Mrs. Grabbe, Lorie Rohrer, and Patty Kreischer also had an initial meeting for the redesign of the signage in the Children’s department.

The dvd2go machine is working and materials are being added. We should be able to open it to the public this spring.

The City has set up an ad hoc committee to study the creation of a “cultural corridor”. Gorton Community Center, Lake Forest Library, and the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society would be part of this corridor. Bob Thornburgh is serving on the committee. Mrs. Grabbe will prepare a synopsis of the process to include in the next board packet.

The City of Lake Forest Boards and Commissions Recognition Dinner at the Lake Forest Club will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011. Trustees should return their own RSVP’s.

Statement of Economic Interest forms have been mailed to trustee’s homes.

Committee Reports:

Services: No report.

Long Range Plan: No report.

No report.

NSLS: Trustee Pierson attended the February Legislative Breakfast. The meeting was respectful and cordial. Libraries will not ask for additional funding, but they cannot do with less.

The big challenge for the system merger will likely be one of logistics. Where will the new system be headquartered?

Friends: Barbara Rinella is the scheduled performer for the annual meeting on April 21, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. Barbara will be dramatizing Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell.

Old Business: None.

New Business: The fiscal year 2012 budget was discussed.

Capital Expenditures are up do to upcoming projects such as reupholstering and signage. The Friends of Lake Forest Library often fund these types of projects.

Janitorial supplies were up in part due to the purchase of extra salt and repairs to our snowblowers.

The finance committee recommended approval of the FY2012 budget.

Trustee Barnett moved to approve the FY2012 budget. Trustee Westropp seconded. Motion carried.

The evaluation of the Administrative Librarian will be held at the April 12, 2011 meeting.

President Young will appoint a nominating committee at the April 12, 2011 meeting.

President Young asked Ms. Stamelos to summarize her experience of serving on the library board. Ms. Stamelos stated the library does a lot of interesting work and that it has been a good experience.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 12, 2011.

Opportunity for the public to address the Board: No one addressed the Board.

Trustee Gibson moved and Trustee Hull seconded a motion to adjourn. Motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Catherine Miserendino