Director’s Association

Upper Hudson Library System
Friday, February 7, 2003 At UHLS

Attending: Ginny LaJuene (ALTM); 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); Pat Sahr (NASS); Margie Morris (POES); Judy Felsten (RCSC); Jane Minotti (SNLK); Barbara Kubli (STEP); Paul Hicok (TROY); Phil Ritter (UHLS); Gail Sacco (VOOR)

Visitors: none

Meeting convened at 9:05 am

Motion (Canzano, Minotti) to approve January 3, 2003 minutes. Carried.

UHLS: Phil Ritter

Three major issues discussed and then other problems/concerns

1. IPAC – Pat had sent out an email to everyone to look over the IPAC. The flaws that are there are hopefully temporary. The drop down box for materials is not working. There was discussion of everyone’s concerns about this and it was agreed that a disclaimer would need to be added if the IPAC was going to be mounted before all items are fixed. (Due to many issues related to PC Reliance) The Directors’ Association created a list of items for Peter to try to correct before IPAC is launched for the public.
Motion: (Zapala, Minotti) Accept list of IPAC corrections as written and prioritized. Carried
Motion: (Kubli, no second) Do not mount the IPAC until all items are corrected.
Motion: (Pieri, Trager) Mount IPAC as soon a the four priority items are corrected

Amended by Sacco – With a status report on all recommended changes emailed to directors by February 14th. Carried.

2. Requests – Home library patrons go to the top of the request list for that library’s books regardless of how many other libraries have requests for it. Libraries do lose the ability for browsing with so many new books being sent out to others. It is felt that the volume of new books being entered (after being held for several weeks) and the volume of requests that had to be entered (for the same reason) created a huge amount of transits in the first week. It is hoped that this will even out and become more manageable. Libraries are able to make items non- request if they want them to stay in their library.

3. Maximum Fines for I-type – There can only be one maximum fine amount for the entire system. The Implementation Team reviewed fine policies and determined that $3.00 for books and $5.00 for AV materials would be the maximum fine collected per item. This does not interfere with collecting costs for lost/damaged books.
Other issues with Horizon – There was a very lengthy and detailed discussion regarding various issues and frustrations with Horizon, staffing, and support. In summary the most frequently voiced concerns are:

UHLS Administration: N. Pieri
No meeting until next week.

Services: J. Felsten
No meeting until next week.

Finance Committee & UHLS Board: J. Cannell
No report available

Central Library: J. Cannell
Report by Paul Hicok – The budget was approved by the committee and sent to Albany Public Board. It was approved there and is being sent on to the UHLS Board. The funds are for databases and part-time staff.

Nuts & Bolts:
NASS & SNLK: Reported that they received a phone call from Pat Casale offering them $1000 each.

Old Business:
Barbara Kubli asked about report for fines from the DRA system. It is on the Intranet under member library reports.

New Business:
Gail Sacco reported on the significant increase in the employer’s contribution for retirement for next year. Voorheesville cost will cost from $2000 to at least $23,000.

Motion (Zapala, Kubli) Meeting adjourned 11:30am. Next meeting March 7, 2003 at UHLS.