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Suzann Waggoner called the Faulkner-Van Buren Regional Library Board to order on January 25th, 2023, at 5:40 PM. In attendance via Zoom were Regional Board members David Jeffries, Jeff Moncrease, Kelly Tester, and Suzann Waggoner, as well as Van Buren County Director Deb Meyer and Regional Director John McGraw.
Suzann nominated Ben Thompson to serve as Vice-Chair in 2023. Kelly nominated David to chair the board in 2023. There being no other nominations, the slate was approved unanimously.
Minutes of the October 26th meeting were reviewed. Jeff moved to accept the minutes as presented. Suzann seconded the motion, which passed.
Bookkeepers Reports were reviewed. John noted that while the board amended budget lines to add $2,500 to Kanopy and $2,600 to Kanopy in October, those amendments were not reflected in bookkeeper’s reports. There was interest in including Bookkeeper’s Reports and Transaction Reports in the Van Buren county board meeting packets. John committed to sending those along each month.
Statistics were reviewed. Suzann asked about Mount Vernon’s social media numbers. John recommended more content, particularly of well-attended programs. John mentioned that the Arkansas Digital Library Consortium had a record year with 1.3 million borrows.
State aid expenditures were reviewed. Suzann moved to approve the expenditures. Kelly seconded the motion, which passed.
There was a call for old business.
John reported that the State Library is pursuing a 75% increase in aid to libraries, and early reports suggest it is moving through the legislature without significant opposition. The state will revise its funding formula, so passage would not mean exactly 75% more aid for the Regional board to allocate, but the time between now and the July meeting should look at deficiencies in services that warrant funding. John mentioned a tool to create legal forms. Deb mentioned moving library cards onto Regional budgets, and expressed interest in moving Communico off of Faulkner county budgets to be used by both counties. John explained how Communico is being used to
book public rooms in Conway, as well as handling a host of duties around library sponsored events, from scheduling to promotion. John offered to present Communico offerings at a future Van Buren county board meeting.
John suggested the board consider joining Advocates for All Arkansas Libraries, which had lobbied successfully for millions in grant funds for Arkansas Libraries. Membership costs are calculated at a per capita rate, coming to $7,040. John recommended adding the budget line to the budget and appropriating $7,040 to it. Jeff moved to join AAAL as an institutional member. Suzann seconded the motion, which passed.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled to be in person at the Van Buren county library on April 26, 2023.
Jeff moved to adjourn at 6:10 PM. Suzann seconded the motion and the board adjourned.