December 11, 2007
The State Library Board met December 11, 2007 in the Training Room of OHIONET, 1500 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2007. State Library Board members present were: Dr. George W. Paulson, President; Ms. Mary Vesper Schwetschenau, Vice-President; Ms. Lucille Hastings; Mr. David Miller; Mr. Lynn Grimshaw, and Ms. Jo Budler, Secretary.
Visitors present were: Stephen Hedges, OPLIN; Doug Evans, Ohio Library Council; Bill Martino, NEO-RLS; and Michael Butler and Carol Verny, OHIONET.
State Library staff members present were: Missy Lodge, Dianna Clark, Roger Verny, Ashlee Clark, Diane Fink, Jim Buchman, Shannon Kupfer, Bill Morris, Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, David Namiotka, and Jeff Jones.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the October 25, 2007 Board meeting were approved by common consent.
There were no requests for public participation.
There were no items under the LSTA report.
STATE LIBRARIAN'S REPORT
January Board Retreat
Jo Budler, State Librarian, reviewed the tentative agenda for the State Library Board Retreat scheduled for January 2008.
State Library Department Report – Patron & Catalog Services
Jim Buchman, Head of Patron and Catalog Services, provided the Board with an overview of Patron & Catalog Services. The department provides circulation, interlibrary loan, cataloging, talking book, and meeting room services. In addition to collecting born-digital materials in the digital archive, the department is also undertaking a new initiative to digitize print materials from the State Library collections. Mr. Buchman indicated that consideration will be given to Ohio government documents and books in the rare book collection of significance to Ohio’s history or genealogists. There was brief discussion about the department statistics.
New Employee Introduction
Ms. Budler introduced Shannon Kupfer, the new Digital and Tangible Media Cataloger.
Statewide Resource Sharing
Ms. Budler updated the Board on the process for the next generation of statewide resource sharing. The State Library contracted with RMG Consultants to conduct focus groups across the state which were held in October. In November the State Library hosted a statewide videoconference for the library community to give feedback in addition to that received in the focus groups. RMG Consultants then released a needs assessment of statewide resource sharing in Ohio. On December 7, 2007, RMG Consultants released a Request for Information (RFI) to vendors to see if there is a system that will meet the requirements set during the focus groups and videoconference, and what the price would be. The responses are due by January 4, 2008. Vendors will be invited to give demonstrations in January. Ms. Budler indicated that if there is a solution, the State Library and the library community would need to determine how it would be funded. Ms. Budler also noted that the process focuses more on the public library community because they have the biggest challenge with the most disparate systems.
Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Marketing and Communications Director, updated the Board on the marketing of KnowItNow. Ms. McDevitt-Stredney is working with ABC/FOX to promote KnowItNow through Lunchbox Weather. Every Wednesday, Chief Meteorologist Jerry Marx will visit a different third or fourth grade classroom and give a weather lesson. Each child receives a lunchbox that will include a KnowItNow sticker and pencil. KnowItNow will also receive a fifteen second promotional spot during the nightly news, as well as a banner on the side of the Lunchbox Weather website for HomeworkNow.
March Board Meeting Date
The Board approved that the March Board meeting date be moved from March 27, 2008 to March 20, 2008 by common consent.
Recognition of Service
Mr. Grimshaw moved (M-45-07) that the following resolution be adopted by the State Library Board:
WHEREAS, David Miller has served with distinction as a member of the State Library Board from 1996 to 2007; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Miller’s tenure included service as President of the Board from 1999 to 2001 and 2006 to 2007; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Miller brought to the Board superlative experience and expertise from his previous library board experience as well as his tenure as editor of The Sentinel-Tribune; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Miller’s two full terms as a Board member reflected his professionalism and dedication to excellence and his abiding concern for the welfare of the entire Ohio library community; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Miller provided leadership in securing $8 million in state funding to help Ohio’s public libraries provide patrons with Internet access in conjunction with the start-up of Ohio Public Library Information Network; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Miller has made many contributions to the development and progress of Ohio’s libraries and library programs, as well as his advocacy on behalf of libraries in Northwestern Ohio;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the State Library Board, on behalf of Ohio’s libraries, expresses sincere gratitude to Mr. Miller for his exemplary efforts, and wishes him continued success in all of his endeavors.
Ms. Schwetschenau seconded the motion. The motion passed with all members voting "yes".
Ms. Budler updated the Board on the purchase of the Codian bridge for videoconferencing. The State Library included in the recent budget plans to purchase a Codian bridge for multi-site videoconferencing capabilities. The Office of Information Technology has approved the purchase but wants to ensure that efforts are not duplicated by agencies. In the meantime, the State Library has been using videoconferencing services through the Ohio Supercomputer Center.
Jeff Jones, Head, Employee Services, led the Board through an Ethics Education Session, which is training mandated by Governor Strickland in Executive Order 2007 – O1S.
There being no further items for discussion, Ms. Hastings moved (M-46-07) to adjourn. Ms. Schwetschenau seconded the motion. The Board adjourned by common consent at 3:25 p.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2007.