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Maine InfoNet Board Minutes, August 17, 2011
Present: Janet Bolduc, Rich Boulet, Judy Frost, James Jackson Sanborn, Linda Lord, Barbara McDade, David Nutty, Joyce Rumery, Dick Thompson
We were very pleased to once again meet at Blue Hill Public Library. Thanks to Rich for his hospitality.
The Final Version of 2011 Strategic Priorities was approved unanimously. Barbara McDade moved and Judy Frost seconded.
Develop Action Plans and Timelines for Each Priority
Need: Action steps, Benchmark timelines, Assignments to individuals for responsibility
Bus Committee: Dick Thompson, James Jackson Sanborn, Rich Boulet
Subway Committee: Clem Guthro, Joyce Rumery, David Nutty, Steve Podgajny, James Jackson Sanborn
Governance Committee: Barbara McDade and Steve Podgajny – their first step is to review and make recommendations. Bylaws will be a part of this work.
Develop Strategy for Adding Libraries into Minerva and Solar or Develop a Completely Different Approach
Promote Statewide Library Issue Conversations - Clem and Joyce have worked on this. Still need to determine the dates that will not work if we want to get the most attendance from all groups.
Encourage Statewide Collection Development - The IMLS directors’ meeting is next Wednesday, August 24.
Position MIN to Respond to the Impact of eBook and Digital Explosion
- The OverDrive service will mushroom when the Kindle comes into the picture, maybe by September. James has $30,000 for content through March. He spends about $2000 each month.
Develop a MIN “Peer Expertise” Database - The Board has not worked on this, but will work with James to make this happen.
Implement New Web Presence for MIN with Social Networking Features - A consultant or a company will be hired to help work on this.
OCLC Pricing: Update on Counter Proposal - We have not yet done the counter proposal to OCLC, the proposals from OCLC are not acceptable.
Governance Committee Update - The Committee has not met, it will be on the calendar after September 7.
501c3 Committee Update - The committee is working on the form. It is a 16 page form to qualify. There is an issue about revenues, have to keep that under 25,000.
Bus Committee Update (SOLAR)
- James’ staff used a “kill and fill” process for clean-up. Both Blue Hill and COA have been updated this way. After this initial process a regular maintenance is better and less time consuming for the MIN staff.
We need an update schedule that works and brings in other libraries.
Report of the Circulation/ILL/Delivery Summit - The summit went well and the evaluations were generally positive. There were about 84 attendees and the conversations about INNReach reports, visiting patron, and policy sessions appeared to be well attended. The session on marketing for a bookmark or band came up with a lot of ideas for slogans for the book delivery.
Sierra - We have a proposal from Innovative to be an early implementer for their new system. There is a discount if we sign up by October 1, 2011. There is no software to review or judge at this point.
Hiring a Website Developer/Consultant - No action today.
Scheduling and Planning Two Upcoming Meetings with Guests - We will be meeting with two groups in the near future. One group is the Balsam Libraries, an Evergreen installation, Balsam wants to work with us and potentially merge. The two who are likely to come are Chris Maas and Helen Fogler. The other group is SOLAR. We will invite those who are most interested in SOLAR, this fits in with the Bus Committee. Rich will send out an invitation via the SOLAR listserv. There are about 40 on that listserv.
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