Present: Kathleen O’Laughlin, President; Lisa G. McDonald, Vice President; Ronald Rodgers,Trustee; Jan Barshis, Trustee; Virginia George, Trustee; Stuart Wolf, Trustee; Cynthia McMillan, Staff Liaison; Gayle Justman and Betty Giorgi Acting Co-interim Directors
Absent: Dan Johnson, Trustee
Significant Public Comment: There was no public comment from the one community member in attendance.
Significant Information Items:
Library of Things: The library is expanding its collection of non-traditional library materials. Trustees had a very favorable opinion of this program and the items purchased, such as mobile wifi hot spot devices, iPads, Nooks and magnification devices. The exact number of items purchased was unavailable, but Ms. Giorgi reported that all were currently checked out. She also indicated they are considering expanding the program. See http://www.wilmettelibrary.info/board-meeting-agendas?download=213:board-meeting-agenda-attachments-august-21-2018-part-3 for discussion of this program.
Landscape Project: The Board previously approved a $25,000 landscape project that will commence next spring. Ms. Giorgi provided updates to the projects, none of which will impact public programs.
Director’s Report: Ms. Justman presented the Director’s Report. No action was taken. See http://www.wilmette.lib.il.us/board-meeting-agendas?download=217:board-meeting-agenda-attachments-august-21-2018-part-7
Director Search: Ms. O’Laughlin summarized that the search was closed 7/15/18. The Board reviewed all resumes received, completed eight initial Skype interviews and set up final interviews for the week of August 27. The number of final candidates was not discussed, although it appeared that all Board members were informed of the interview schedule.
Legislative Breakfast: On behalf of the Board Ms. O’Laughlin and Ms. McDonald will attend a Legislative Breakfast on September 7 hosted by the WPL in the WPL auditorium from 7:30-9:00 am. All Wilmette, county, state and federal representatives have been invited. Although, the event is by invitation only, any member of the public may attend.
Approval of July 2018 Minutes: The Minutes from the prior meeting were approved unanimously without discussion. See http://www.wilmette.lib.il.us/board-meeting-agendas?download=212:board-meeting-agenda-attachments-august-21-2018-part-2
Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Rogers presented his report. Tax revenue of $1.3 Million was received in July. The greatest expense was a health insurance payment. The other expenses were normal, regularly occurring expenses. The Treasurer’s Report and bills and salaries for July 2018 were unanimously approved without discussion. See http://www.wilmette.lib.il.us/board-meeting-agendas?download=214:board-meeting-agenda-attachments-august-21-2018-part-4
Illinois State Library Annual Report: This state-mandated form will be posted on the state website. It was noted by Mr. Rogers that state per capita funding is determined by information in the report. Ms. McDonald requested that report be amended to include Trustee library email addresses, not personal addresses. With this one suggested update, the report was unanimously approved. See http://www.wilmette.lib.il.us/board-meeting-agendas?download=216:board-meeting-agenda-attachments-august-21-2018-part-6
Next meeting: September 25, 2018
Observer: Elizabeth Seager Meeting Length: 55 minutes