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March 21, 2011 Minutes of the Regular Meeting

ANN ARBOR DISTRICT LIBRARY BOARD
343 S. FIFTH AVENUE, ANN ARBOR, MI
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011

11-033 I. CALL TO ORDER

President Leary called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

11-034 II. ATTENDANCE

Present: Head, Leary, Kaplan, Murphy, Barney Newman, Rosenthal
Absent : Surovell
Staff: Choate, Neiburger, Nieman, Parker, Wilson (recorder)

11-035 III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
(Item of action)

Trustee Head, supported by Trustee Kaplan, moved to approve the agenda.

AYES: Head, Kaplan, Leary, Murphy, Barney Newman, Rosenthal
NAYS: None

Motion passed 6-0.

11-036 IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 21, 2011
(Item of action)

Trustee Head, supported by Treasurer Murphy, moved to approve the minutes of February 21, 2011.

AYES: Head, Kaplan, Leary, Murphy, Barney Newman, Rosenthal
NAYS: None

Motion passed 6-0.

11-037 V. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS

There were no citizens’ comments.

11-038 VI. FINANCIAL REPORT

Associate Director Nieman reported February showed unrestricted cash balance just over $11 million. Tax receipts of almost $11 million, reflecting 96% of the budgeted amount, have been received. The Fund Balance reflects just over $7.9 million.

Two line items are over budget in operating and should come back into line later in the year with the exception of Employee Benefits.

The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library donated over $40,000 in February.

11-039 VII. APPROVAL OF DISBURSEMENTS
(Item of action)

Secretary Barney Newman, supported by Vice President Rosenthal, moved to approve the February disbursements.

AYES: Head, Kaplan, Leary, Murphy, Barney Newman, Rosenthal
NAYS: None

Motion passed 6-0.

11-040 VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

11-041 A. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President Leary reported the Executive Committee, consisting of herself, Vice President Rosenthal and Treasurer Murphy, met and discussed the upcoming budget. Peter Allen also presented to the committee a presentation on the stages of real estate development.

11-042 IX. DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Director Parker updated the board on the status of the amicus curiae brief filed on behalf of the Herrick District Library.

AADL received four Addy awards, one gold and three silver from the Ann Arbor Ad Club. All four awards were for youth related materials and were designed by Heidi Sheffield.

Director Parker has been invited to serve on a Gates Foundation public access technology benchmarks initiative. The Foundation is no longer funding technology for libraries, but is funding research for creating technology level benchmarks necessary for libraries in delivering services.

Associate Director Eli Neiburger was congratulated on his recent recognition by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker”.

Director Parker highlighted her attendance at the initial meeting of the Digital Public Library of America workgroup.

The topic of eBooks offered at AADL was discussed and a demonstration was requested for the next board meeting.

11-043 X. NEW BUSINESS

11-044 A. VOTE FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION AT THE APRIL 25, 2011 REGULAR MEETING FOR LABOR NEGOTIATIONS AND DIRECTOR’S EVALUATION
(Item of action)
Roll call vote

Trustee Head, supported by Vice President Rosenthal, moved to hold an Executive Session at the April 25, 2011 regular Board meeting for labor negotiations and director’s evaluation.

A roll call vote was taken.

AYES: Head, Kaplan, Leary, Murphy, Barney Newman, Rosenthal
NAYS: None

Motion passed 6-0.

11-045 XI. ADJOURNMENT

Treasurer Murphy, supported by Vice President Rosenthal, moved to adjourn the meeting.

President Leary adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.