Directors’ Association

Upper Hudson Library System

Friday, December 13, 2002 At UHLS

Attending: Jeff Cannell (APLM); Kathy Stempel (BERN); Nancy Pieri (BETH); Carol Trager (BRUN); Darlene Miller (CAST); Deborah Canzano (COHS); Pat Nonamaker (EGRN); Barbara Nichols Randall (GUIL); Carol Gaillard (HOOF); Lenny Zapala (MEND); Margie Morris (POES); Judy Felsten (RCSC); Jane Minotti (SNLK); Paul Hicok (TROY); Phil Ritter (UHLS); Bobbi Crowther (VAFL); Gail Sacco (VOOR); Barbara Schoen (WVLT)

Visitors: none

Meeting convened at 9:00am.


Motion (Canzano, Gaillard) to approve November 1, 2002 minutes. Carried.

UHLS: Phil Ritter

UHLS Administration: N. Pieri

Services: J. Felsten

Finance Committee & UHLS Board: J. Cannell

No meetings.

Central Library: J. Cannell

Completed interviews for architectural firms for strategic planning process. The process should be completed by the fall.

Epixtech Migration: P. Nonamaker

The Implementation Team is working very hard but are far behind due to Karen Nuckolls’ absence. The goal was to have 95% of the data corrected before the migration and they are currently at 81%. It is due at the end of next week (12/20). Many questions were raised as a result of the trainings and the Imp Team is trying to work them out.

Jeff Cannell expressed thanks to the Imp Team for all the work they have done.

Nuts & Bolts:

POES: Margie Morris reported that the Chapter 414 vote did not pass in November. They lost by 74 votes. This means there is no money in the 2003 budget for books. Also she shared a children’s book Can You Find It? by Judith Cressy that features a Joseph Hidley painting of Poestenkill as one of the selections.

BRUN & SNLK: Carol Trager & Jane Minotti reported that they are hiring a children’s librarian to share between the two libraries.

VOOR: Gail Sacco reported that their book discussion groups have started a book group fund. They received contributions form the library, Friends, and book groups.  For NYLA, she reported that the LAMRT roundtable is trying to become a section and that NYLA is trying to start and endowment fund. 

Barbara Nichols Randall reported that the NYLA Advocacy group is discussing a rally as part of lobby day.

Phil Ritter reported that POLISDO is meeting with Janet Welch and Commissioner Mills to discuss funding and the decisions that are being made about libraries.

Bobbi Crowther asked if the Central Library was paying for all of the online databases. Phil explained the breakdown in fees and how they are paid. Right now the cost is $106, 603. UHLS is paying $13, 301.50 and the Central Library is paying the rest.

Old Business:

Judy Felsten reported that Albany County was cutting the library checks on December 31st and distributing them to the towns.

New Business:


Motion (Canzano, Felsten) Meeting adjourned 10:07 am. Next meeting January 3, 2003 at UHLS.