Blue Earth Community Library

Library Board Minutes

November 11, 2013 - 4:30 pm


Members present: Sue Ellingsen, Wilma Bittinger, John Huisman, Lenny Clement, Doris Kessel, Kathleen Benz, Director Eva Gaydon and City Administrator Kathy Bailey


Meeting called to order at 4:30 by John



June minutes were approved.


Approved bills: 

Reviewed and approved


Director’s Report:

1.      Costume party was successful.  Smaller group in attendance due to other city wide parties offered. 

2.      Writers' Workshop had 24 in attendance.  Eva will give final financial report on the workshop at December board meeting. 

3.      Traverse des Sioux has a new assistant director, Orrin Ausen. He was the librarian at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato before taking the TDS position.

4.      TDS Directors' meeting discussed the new automation system interface. 

5.      September and October Stats                                         

Circulation                       2398                2804   

Items Added                   192                  169                 

     Users Added                    27                    40                   

     Ebook circ                        132                  144                 

ILL borrowed                  43                    29

ILL loaned                      53                    52

Zinio Circulation                         33 (most use of any participating libraries)


Old Business:

  1. Cindy Lyon was presented to the board as a new member pending city council approval. 
  2. Tour of Tables - Library table was well received.
  3. Board purpose statement will be ready by February of 2014            


New Business:


Brainstorming session based on SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats to Library) was led by Kathy Bailey. A summary of the ideas will be drawn up and presented to the board. 


Motion to adjourn was made at 5:35 and carried unanimously. Next meeting will be December 9 2013


Respectfully submitted


Wilma Bittinger