Blue Earth Community Library

Library Board Minutes

December 13, 2010, 4:15 pm


Members present: John Huisman, Kathleen Benz, Lennie Clement, Wilma Bittinger and director Eva Gaydon. Members absent:  Ann Ekse; excused, Guests: City Administrator Kathy Bailey, Councilman-elect Russ Erichsrud


Meeting called to order at 4:15 p.m. by President John Huisman.

Minutes approved:

The November minutes were approved as printed.


Bills Approved: 

The motion was made by Wilma Bittinger and seconded by Kathleen Benz to approve payment of November bills. Motion carried.


Director’s Report:

Eva clarified the charge from Electric Service was for emergency and security lighting repairs in the back and entry way of the library.

Tracy had planned the story time for the winter session. There will also be an adult reading program in January. 


TDS e-book service: The charge for the entire county will be $3000 which would be divided between the various towns that have libraries.  There may be grants available to help with the costs as well.  The money will go towards the purchase of e-books, not the readers.  Patrons will be able to download the books onto their personal e-readers for a limited amount of time after which the books will be removed from the patron’s e-reader.  


Blue Earth Community Library will take over the book deliver for Kiester starting in January.  This will add $7000 income to the BE library. 


The Fair Board partnered with the library to get a grant bringing the “Butterfly Guy” to Blue Earth.  This will include a class on how to attract butterflies


Computer Inventory Replacement Plan:  Usual recommendation is to replace them every 3 years. Blue Earth generally goes at least 5 years, but this is flexible and staggered so that not all need to be replaced at one time. Eva provided the board with a printed copy of the plan,


Budget Update:  Final budget decisions will be made next week.  Since the library has come in under budget for several years, the amount for the upcoming year was lowered.  Salary reduction was the area of savings.  The budget amount is decided by using a 2 year average of spending and then increasing that by 3%.  Wages have been frozen. 


New Business:

Personnel evaluations will be done by the end of the year.  Kathy Bailey will evaluate Eva and Eva will work with the rest of the staff.


Wilma Bittinger’s term on the board is about to expire and she agreed to serve another term.  


Motion to adjourn carried unanimously at 4:55.  Next meeting will be January 10, 2011.


Respectfully submitted

Wilma Bittinger