Blue Earth Community Library

Library Board Minutes

Sept 8, 2014 - 4:30 pm


Members present: Kathy Benz, Wilma Bittinger, John Huisman, Cindy Lyon, Director Eva Gaydon, and Acting City Administrator Todd Bodem.

Meeting called to order at 4:30 by John


Minutes: August minutes were approved.


Bills:  August expense report reviewed and approved.


Director’s Report:

1.  Self Publishing Class:  Eva will teach a Community Ed informational course in the Library meeting room on October 8th.  The class will focus on marketing and advertising aspects of publishing your own material.


2.  Friends of the Library:   Core group met on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.  Fund raising and brochure ideas were discussed along with possible corporate sponsors and PR opportunities.  It was pointed out that SMIF will help with brochure advice and costs up to $500 before publishing.  Any money collected by FOL will go to special temporary account to be transferred later to SMIF for investment in a non-endowment fund.  Brochure will be prepared in time for Blue Earth Holiday Sampler on November 13th to publicize membership drive and fund raising efforts.


3.   It was noted that Zinio on-line magazine circulation numbers are very low.  Eva is looking into a different company which might be more user-friendly.     


August Stats:


  Circulation:                2942

 Items added                 95

 Users added                 31




 Ebook circulation             148                             

       ILL borrowed                      32

       ILL loaned                          48

       Zinio Circulation                   1


Old Business:

1.  The Preliminary budget was reviewed and approved by the board. 


New Business:



Motion to adjourn at 5:05.  Next meeting will be October 13, 2014.


Respectfully submitted


Wilma Bittinger