MINUTES OF THE APL MEETING, FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008
ELM GROVE PUBLIC LIBRARY
PRESENT: Jane Schall (Menomonee Falls), Kathy Klager (Sussex-Lisbon), Alli Chase (Eagle), Gail Duernberger
(Butler), Robert Trunley (Elm Grove), Jennie Stoltz (Pewaukee), Terry Zignego (Delafield), Heidi Cox (Merton),
Jane Ameel (Waukesha), Sadie Soneberg (Big Bend), Nancy Massnick (Hartland), Ray McKenna
(Oconomowoc), Melissa Schneider (New Berlin), Tom Hennen (WCFLS), Claudia Backus (WCFLS), and Laurie
Absent: Brookfield, Mukwonago, Muskego
CALL TO ORDER: Alli Chase, APL President, called the meeting to order at 9:15am and introduced the new
Director of the Butler library, Gail Duernberger.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA: The agenda was approved as published.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: The minutes of the March 14, 2008 meeting were approved, with motion
from Jennie and seconded by Jane Schall.
CAFÉ: Jane reported that Howard and Mellanie attended the SirsiDynix conference in Detroit recently
and feel good about the direction the company is going. The authority control project is underway and going
WCFLS BOARD: Robert reported that there are two new board members Jeff Fowle and Sharon Leair.
Holly Roge has resigned due to poor health, and Bill Mitchell is no longer a county supervisor, so his position
will also be reappointed to a new person. The board also discussed the Funding Distribution Formula
Committee’s endorsement of formula #2.
RESOURCE LIBRARY: Jane reported that the Waukesha library is starting focus groups with children in
elementary school and with parents of preschoolers to get feedback on what they’d like to see in the new
children’s section of the library.
Jane also reported that Protective Services is developing a recommendation for the library and its hours
regarding Harley Fest, which will be held Labor Day weekend in Waukesha.
WCFLS DIRECTOR: Tom reported that all annual reports are complete, as well as, the system annual
report. Tom distributed the actual numbers under Act 150 (instead of only projections). The Library Usage
Survey is nearly complete and may be presented at the next meeting, and Tom also mentioned that he needs
to have the 2009 WCFLS budget done in June.
WCFLS STAFF: Laurie reminded library directors about the upcoming “Plants, Animals and
Environmental Resources” Reference Workshop at the Retzer Nature Center on Wed. April 30, and the next
WCFLS Sharing Session is on Wed. May 7 at the New Berlin Public Library, from 10am-12pm. The topic is
“Balancing Print Reference with Electronic Resources.”
Claudia reported on the 2008 Trustee Dinner. It will be at the Merrill Hills Country Club on either
October 1 or 2. A mystery writer has been contacted about being the keynote speaker. An exact date will be
announced when a speaker is confirmed. Claudia also reminded library directors about the Directors Forum at
the Brookfield Library on Thurs. June 12.
Ray praised the recent HOLA! Workshop and recommended directors attend the Library Council’s upcoming
annual meeting on May 15 at the Boerner Botanical Gardens with Keynote lunch speaker, Art Munin, who will
speak on “White Privilege 101.”
BUSINESS AND DISCUSSION:
DELIVERY AND TRANSIT UPDATE: 14 libraries sent representatives to the WCFLS Delivery Meeting on
April 10. Discussion took place on problems and possible solutions. WCFLS is exploring the costs of half-size
bins so half-full bins do not waste room on the van. Some other procedural changes are being incorporated
for a trial period and will be reevaluated in several weeks.
Discussion took place among library directors about the future of the delivery system as the volume of
materials increases each year.
Discussion also took place regarding holds and the number of patrons who do not pick up their holds.
Some libraries have explored the possibility of charging patrons for not picking up their holds.
The topic of Browsing Collections was also discussed. Some WCFLS libraries have browsing collections
to cater to their patrons who do not place holds on materials, but only come into the library to see what’s
actually on the shelves.
FUNDING FORMULA COMMITTEE UPDATE: Discussion took place regarding the Funding Distribution
Formula Review Committee’s endorsement of Formula #2, and the possible impact it could have on libraries.
LEGISLATIVE ISSUES: No discussion
Merton: The Town Hall library will likely break ground in early July. Part of their youth collection will have to be
moved to a temporary location. Those books will be checked out. No holds will be able to be placed on these
materials while in storage.
Delafield: Delafield has a new Mayor who is in favor of more sq. ft. for the library. The Bd. may decide to go
forward with more sq. ft. for the library. This will likely include an agreement to fundraise extra money.
Butler: Butler’s new library broke ground in March, all with Friends of the Library money. The expected finish
date is November.
Waukesha: Jane mentioned they are working with focus groups and continue to move forward with new
Eagle: An Exploratory Building Committee has brought forth the idea of a bigger library for Eagle. Alli also
recently received a grant. The funds will pay for her campaign to market the library to businesses and
residences in Eagle.
Sussex-Lisbon: Kathy continues to deal with roof and other building problems at the Sussex library.
Pewaukee: Jennie is also dealing with building problems.
Oconomowoc: Ray talked about the effects of the recent explosion of the Baptist Church near the library in
DATE/PLACE OF NEXT MEETING: The next APL meeting will be on Friday, May 16 in Hartland.
The meeting adjourned at 12pm.