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Nebraska Library Commission - Minutes

Nebraska Library Commission
March 20, 1998

The Nebraska Library Commission held its regular meeting Friday, March 20, 1998, at 8:00 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, 110 S. Second Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska. Notice of the meeting was submitted to local newspapers (Lincoln Journal-Star, Omaha World Herald), and posted on Nebrask@ Online.


Chairperson Karen Warner called the meeting to order at 8:07 a.m. Members present: Ron Norman, Karen Warner, Frances Lovell. Robert King arrived and joined the meeting at approximately 8:20 a.m. Staff present: Rod Wagner and Sally Snyder. Guests present: Stan Gardner, John Dale and Jeanne Saathoff.

Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Ron Norman and seconded by Frances Lovell to approve the agenda. Motion carried on roll call vote: Sanders- absent; Norman-aye; Warner-aye; Fletcher-absent; Lovell-aye; and King-absent.

Approval of the Minutes of the January 15, 1998 meeting: It was moved by Frances Lovell and seconded by Ron Norman to approve the minutes of the January 15, 1998 meeting. Motion carried on roll call vote: Sanders- absent; Norman-aye; Warner-aye; Fletcher-absent; Lovell-aye; and King-absent.


Guests were welcomed to the meeting.


Nebraska Congressional Delegation re Copyright Legislation. Letters were sent to the Nebraska Congressional delegation (Attachments I). The only response received to date was from Senator Hagel. (Attachment II.) Senator Ron Raikes re LB 1226 (county levies for library services): Letter received from Senator Raikes was a follow up in response to a letter sent to the Senator regarding questions he raised during the public hearing on LB 1226. (Attachment III.)


Karen Warner reported on Legislative Day, February 11, 1998. Karen attended Legislative Day on February 11 at the State Capitol. Attendance at Legislative Day was very good.


Budget Hearing and Request Status: (Attachment IV.) The Budget Hearing was held on February 10. Jean Saathoff, Director of the Kearney Public Library and Information Center; Judy Grandstaff, Director of the Blue Hill Public Library; and Rod Wagner testified. The funding request for a Librarian's position that was being funded by cash revenues from Nebrask@ Online was not included in the Appropriations Committee's budget recommendations. A position vacancy would need to be used to continue the position. The Appropriations Committee did support the $500,000 additional state aid funds request in the Commission budget. The Committee responded favorably to the discussion of the statewide library card (NebrasKard). Also, the Committee expressed interest in the Commission returning next year as part of the biennium budget request to make a case for a larger sum of state money to be used for state aid purposes along with, and including, a plan for the state library card.

Robert King joined the meeting at this time.

Personnel Update - - Classification and Compensation Study: The State Department of Administrative Service Personnel Division announced a major classification and compensation study would be underway. This study will look at all state employee classifications and the compensation system, which was implemented over 20 years ago. The intent of the study is to provide more equity within state government classifications. The librarian and librarian related positions at the Commission that were reviewed and updated by State Personnel in the last two years will be reviewed again.

Facility Update: A response was received from The Atrium's building manager based on the owner's assessment of the options under consideration for addressing the basement area water leakage problem. The building owners would like to temporarily move the stack area in the southeast area of the basement and then build a drainage system above the ceiling and put in sump pumps so that when any water did come in it would be handled by the drainage system. If the Commission decides to go with one of the higher cost options then the Commission would have to cover the difference in price. The Commission staff is also looking into compact shelving to help address the space problem.

February Retreat with System Administrators: Library Commission staff Rod Wagner, Richard Miller, Nancy Busch, Jo Budler, Mary Jackson and Ellen Van Waart met in early February with the six library system administrators. Quarterly meetings will be established during the year, with one of the meetings including the larger public library directors to discuss common issues. Another one of the meetings will include board members to discuss budget issues and joint planning.

The Library Commission's current librarians' certification program has been in place for ten years. There is a desire to revisit this program and look at how the program is working and what benefits have resulted from this program and what is not working as well. Regional system administrators will be involved in the evaluation, which initially will address the basic skills training.

VI. FINANCIAL REPORT (January and February)

January and February Expenditure and Financial Reports: The January and February, 1998 Expenditure and Financial Reports were received and reviewed by the Commissioners. (Attachments V and VI.)


There was no unfinished business.


There was no new business.


It was moved by Ron Norman and seconded by Frances Lovell to adjourn the meeting at 8:42 a.m. Motion carried on roll call vote: Sanders- absent; Norman-aye; Warner-aye; Fletcher-absent; Lovell-aye; and King-aye.

________________________ Elaine Miller, Secretary

All attachments are available upon request. If you would like a copy, please contact Elaine Miller at the Nebraska Library Commission, 800-307-2665 or 402-471-2045.

Attachment I - Letter to Congressional Representatives
Attachment II - Letter from Senator Hagel
Attachment III - Letter from Senator Raikes
Attachment IV - Budget Hearing and Request Status
Attachment V - January Expenditure and Financial Report
Attachment VI - February Expenditure and Financial Report

For more information, contact Sue Biltoft.