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Nebraska Library Commission - Minutes

Nebraska Library Commission

January 10, 2003


Minutes are subject to change at the March 14, 2003 meeting.

The Nebraska Library Commission held its regular meeting Friday, January 10, 2003 at 9:30 a.m., at the Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska. Notice of the meeting was submitted to local newspapers (Lincoln Journal-Star, Omaha World Herald), and posted on the Nebraska Library Commission Homepage.


Chair Richard Jussel called the meeting to order at 9:26 a.m. Members present: Richard Jussel, Kristen Rogge, Robert King, Wally Seiler, and Karen Warner. Staff present: Rod Wagner, Nancy Busch, and Maria Medrano-Nehls.

Approval of Agenda: A motion was made to approve the agenda. Motion carried on roll call vote: Warner - aye; Rogge - aye; King - aye; Seiler - aye; and Jussel - aye. Motion approved.

Approval of the Minutes ( November 8, 2002 ): A motion was made to approve the November 2002 meeting minutes. Motion carried on roll call vote: Rogge - aye; King - aye, Seiler - aye, Jussel - aye, Sims-Shipley; and Warner - aye. Motion approved.


No public participation


Rod Wagner stated that Representative Hoekstra (Michigan) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), as he did a year ago. Rod stated that he had contacted Nebraska's House members - Bereuter, Osborne, and Terry to ask that they co-sponsor the reauthorization legislation. Erin Duncan, Congressman Osborne's legislative aide, called to say that Congressman Osborne had signed on as a co-sponsor. The LSTA reauthorization bill includes provisions that were agreed to toward the end of the 2002 Congress, but were not enacted before adjournment. LSTA reauthorization legislation has not been introduced in the Senate.


Chair Richard Jussel stated that he attended the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL) meeting in Lexington on December 13, 2002.

Richard also stated that he received a copy of an MLS scholarship application from Susan Franklin and a letter thanking the Commission for the scholarship. Other Commissioners stated that they also received a letter from Susan.

Kristen Rogge stated that she also attended the December SACL meeting in Lexington.

Robert King stated the Holdrege Public Library will close on Saturday in order to install a new front desk. The desk was purchased with both memorial and library support funds. Holdrege is going to try an alternative to the bookmobile, including delivery of books by mail.

Wally Seiler stated that the Alliance Public Library staff received training from Gates Foundation library program trainers.

Karen Warner stated that the Norfolk Public Library is hiring a security guard to help address problems that the library has been having.


Personnel - Rod Wagner stated that Mary Jackson will be retiring at the end of February from her long-time position as the Commission's Children and Young Adult Services Coordinator. Rod stated that the Commission will move forward to re-fill the Children and Young Adult Services position. Rod also reported that an announcement was made yesterday that the State and employee union negotiators reached an agreement on the labor contract. The new agreement will include provisions for employee pay and benefit policies for the 2003 - 2005 biennium.

Gates Foundation Library Initiative - Training and computer installations have started, and will continue over the next several months.

State Advisory Council on Libraries meeting - The SACL meeting was held December 13, 2002 in Lexington. Ruth Seward, Lexington Public Library Director and SACL member provided a tour of the public library. Ruth also pointed out the site chosen for a new public library facility. A major meeting topic was state and local budgets. Recognition and Certificates of Appreciation were given to council members completing their second term: John Dale, Lincoln City Libraries; Ken Oyer, Alegent Health-Bergan Mercy Medical Center; Susan Baird, Box Butte Development Corporation; and Stan Gardner, Wayne State College.

Library Personnel Retention and Recruitment Task Force - Rod Wagner stated that the task force met for the first time on November 1, 2002 and will meet again this afternoon. The task force will contribute ideas and recommendations for activities that the Library Commission, Nebraska Library Association, and Nebraska Educational Media Association can pursue to recruit and retain library workers. The task force will also offer ideas and advice on ways to promote library service careers.

Panhandle Library Services Coordinator - Rod Wagner stated that Pam Scott, Nancy Busch, and Panhandle Library System Board representatives will interview an applicant for the coordinator position on January 14, 2003.

State Budget and Legislative Issues - Rod Wagner stated that Governor Johanns will announce his state budget proposals on January 15. Karen Warner asked if Rod had any idea what the budget cuts will be. Rod responded that the Library Commission could expect the Governor to propose a 10% state fund reduction. This would be an across-the-board reduction that would be proposed for most state agencies. Nancy Busch commented that the proposed reduction could be 15%. After the Governor announces his budget proposal the Legislature's appropriations committee will begin development of their recommendations. The Library Commission's budget hearing will likely be in late February or March. The final budget decisions will not be made until May or early June.

A bill is being introduced to provide bond financing for library technology purchases. This has been an interest of the City of Norfolk, especially Mike Nolan, the City Administrator. Senator Bromm has agreed to reintroduce a bill that would allow regional library system employees to participate in the State of Nebraska employee health insurance program.

NLA Legislative Day will be held February 13, 2003. Contacts have been made with Senators to place this event on their calendars. Sally Gardner Reed has agreed to conduct a seminar in the afternoon. Sally is the Executive Director of Friends of the Library-USA, and a Nebraska native (Hastings).

Library Skills Education - Rod Wagner reported that Richard Miller, Pam Scott, and he have met with Nebraska Community College representatives and Becky Pasco from the University of Nebraska at Omaha to discuss community college courses for library skills education. The courses would provide more in-depth training and college credits leading to a certificate or degree. A meeting will be held next week to address course development and steps toward gaining approval from the colleges to offer library skills education.

LSTA National Leadership Grant Applications - Rod Wagner stated that the Western Council of State Libraries will apply for an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant to coordinate library skills training among the western states. The Nebraska Library Commission will also be part of an IMLS National Leadership Grant application with the Nebraska Department of Education to seek funding for a school library media consultant and educational program for Nebraska school library media specialists. The Nebraska project includes participation from the Nebraska Library Association, Nebraska Educational Media Association, and the regional library systems.

Governor's Executive Order re State Contracts - Rod Wagner stated that Governor Johanns issued an executive order in December 2002 regarding state contracts. State agencies are required to use competitive bid processes for state contracts and provide for performance evaluation of services provided through a state contract. The Library Commission has a number of contracts which fall within the scope of the executive order (e.g., regional library system contracts, OCLC, online database licenses).


November and December Budget Reports - Financial reports were included in the meeting packets.


Nebraska guidelines for Young People's Library Services (revised) - Rod Wagner stated that he felt this topic should be deferred because a review is currently being conducted on the accreditation guidelines and there is a question whither the young adult guidelines and the accreditation guidelines should be combined. Rod stated that there should be more opportunity for discussion regarding both sets of guidelines. Rod stated that several Commission staff will be meeting with the Public Resource Library Group next week. Public library accreditation is one of the topics to be discussed with the PRLG.


State Advisory Council on Libraries Appointments - Rod Wagner recommended that Karen Drevo, Steve Davis, and Jeff Gilderson-Duwe be re-appointed for a second term on the State Advisory Council on Libraries. Rod also recommended appointments of Janice Boyer, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Theresa Jehlik, Omaha Public Library; Diana Johnson, Stromsburg Public Library; Becky Pasco, University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Sharon Osenga, Meridian Library System, to the Council. A motion was made to approve the appointments of the individuals recommended. Motion carried on roll call vote: Seiler - aye; Jussel - aye; Warner - aye; Rogge - aye; and King - aye. Motion approved.

March Meeting with State Advisory Council on Libraries - Rod Wagner stated that the meeting is scheduled for March 13 & 14th, 2003, in Kearney. The meeting will start the afternoon of the 13th and end at noon on the 14th. The Commission meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on March 14th. More information will be provided closer to the meeting date.

Director's Annual Performance Review - A motion was made to approve a salary increase of 2.5% to the Director's salary. Motion carried on a roll call vote: Jussel - aye; Warner - aye; Rogge - aye; King - aye; and Seiler - aye. Motion approved.


Chair Richard Jussel adjourned the meeting at 11:00 a .m.

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