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Faulkner-Van Buren Regional Library Board meeting
February 28, 2018
The Faulkner-Van Buren Regional Library Board met at 6PM at the Van Buren County Library. In attendance were Regional Board members Joe Don Whittingham, Rhonda Davis, Stephanie Treece, Jeff Moncrease, and Stephanie Vanderslice; Karla Fultz, manager of Van Buren County library; John McGraw, director of Faulkner County libraries; and Faulkner County board member Jeff Whittingham.
Rhonda called the meeting to order. Nominations for chair and vice-chair were taken. Rhonda moved that Stephanie Vanderslice be named chair, Stephanie Treece be named vice-chair. Jeff seconded the motion, which was approved.
The Minutes of October 11, 2017 were read. The chair asked if there were comments or questions. Jeff moved that the minutes be approved as presented. Rhonda seconded the motion, which was approved.
Bookkeeper reports from October to January were reviewed. There were questions about a $1350 dollar check to a Faulkner County employee. John explained that it was a scholarship from the state library to a staff member paid through her employer. The state library had issued the check to the Regional system, rather than the county, but that the mistake should not happen again.
State aid expenditures were reviewed. Rhonda moved to accept the expenditures. Stephanie Treece seconded the motion, which was approved.
Digital Statistics were reviewed. There was a call for comments.
A Regional consortium was still under discussion, with three governing framework emerging in January. The board took no action on the frameworks proposed, wishing to see some assurances that costs for an Integrated Library System, be it Sierra or some other company, be reduced under a shared system.
Several library systems are pushing the state library to negotiate with Overdrive for a single statewide ebook consortium. The board expressed support provided that there would be cost reduction for the platform fee paid.
John reported that the state library was picking up Mango statewide in July as part of its Traveller package of databases. Mango had agreed to sell the Region access just through June for $3367. Rhonda moved to pay Mango $3367 for service through June. Jeff seconded the motion, which was approved.
John suggested the remainder be reallocated to Hoopla, which had rejected half of the people trying to borrow in February, telling them the daily budget had been spent already. Jeff moved to reallocate the remainder of the Mango budget line to Hoopla. Stephanie Treece seconded the motion, which was approved.
The meeting adjourned at 7:16 PM.