January 10, 2006
The State Library Board met January 10, 2006 at the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 1:05 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2006. State Library Board members present were: Ms. Lucille Hastings, Vice-President; Mr. David Miller, Dr. George W. Paulson and Ms. Jo Budler, Secretary. Ms. Ann Baines, President and Ms. Jackie O'Brien were excused.
Visitors present were: Carol Verny, OHIONET; Paul Pormen, NOLA Regional Library System; and Don Yarman, OPLIN.
State Library staff members present were: Diane Fink, Missy Lodge, Bill Morris, Roger Verny and Joseph Weitz.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the October 27, 2005 Board meeting were accepted by common consent.
There were no requests for public participation.
LSTA Advisory Council Appointments
Mr. Roger Verny, Deputy State Librarian, presented 3 names for appointment to the LSTA Advisory Council. Mike Wantz, Director, New Lexington Public Library as a public library representative, Joe Branin, director of the Ohio State University Libraries as an academic representative and Roger Minier, Director of NWOET, the Bowling Green public television station as a school representative. Mr. Minier also serves on the INFOhio Advisory Council.
Dr. Paulson moved (M-01-06) that the following persons be appointed to the LSTA Advisory Council for a three year term (July 1, 2005-June 30, 2008):
Mike Wantz, Director, New Lexington Public Library
Roger Minier, Director, NWOET, Bowling Green
Joe Branin, Director, Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus
STATE LIBRARIAN'S REPORT
Regional Library Systems
The Retreat will begin with a tour of the Genealogy section of the Columbus Metropolitan Library and then continue at the OHIONET offices with updates on the Business Plan progress, the Union Contract Negotiations and the Regionals the first day and discussions on LSTA funding and the LSTA five-year plan the following day.
OPLIN Filtering Grant
Don Yarman, Interim Executive Director, Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) updated the Board on the OPLIN Filtering Grant Program and presented several grants which were above $5,000 for approval. He noted that in the recently passed biennial budget the legislature earmarked $100,000 in each year of the biennium to be used to assist libraries with Internet filtering. At least 50% of the funds are required to be spent on the purchase of new filters each year. Public libraries were eligible to apply for grants up to $10,000 dollars with first consideration given to new installations of filters. Grant requests of more than $5,000 come before the State Library Board for approval. OPLIN received 40 applications from 33 libraries for a total request of $107,000. Applications for new filtering received first priority, upgrades and expansions were the next priority and funding requests for maintenance received the third priority. Dr. Paulson asked if the legislature would be informed about the grants. Mr. Yarman replied that the OPLIN enabling language requires biannual reports to the legislature regarding the status of Internet filtering. Discussion followed about the competitiveness of the grant program.
Mr. Miller moved (M-02-06) that fiscal year 2006 General Revenue Funds within ALI 350-400 (Ohio Public Library Information Network) in the amount of $52,292.51 be granted to the following public libraries for filtering grants from February 1, 2006 through June 30, 2006:
- Rossford Public Library $6,456.00
- Coshocton Public Library $5,154.95
- Monroe County District Library $10,000.00
- Washington Court House Carnegie Public Library $9,950.00
- Troy-Miami County Public Library $7,931.56
- Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County $6,730.00
- Greene County Public Library $6,070.00
Dr. Paulson seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting “yes”.
There being no further items for discussion the Board adjourned by common consent at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2006.