Minutes of the LION Annual Membership Meeting
December 21, 1999
Present: Valerie Harrod, DUR, Sandy Long, MAD, Sue Berescik, EHP, Marie Shaw, ELH, William Deakyne, ELY, Bridget Quinn-Carey, ESX, Sandy Ruoff, GUI, Gale Bradbury, LED,Karen Smith, MDF, Mildred Hodge, MOC, Roxanne Moreau, MRD, Howard Einsohn, MXC, Barbara van der Lyke, MTC, Kelly Marszycki, OLY, Elsie Jenkins, NWC, Ed Murray, NLN, Linda Rusczek, MDT, , Leslie Scherer, WAL, Lew Daniels, WSB, Betty Page, STC, Jan Day, WBR, Pat Johnson, Bib, Marcia Lewis, PAC, Bill Edge, Mark Hewes, Rick Widlansky, and Paul Nelson, LION, Ann Montgomery Smith, PCL, and George Duffy, CPA. Absent: BRB
I. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Sandy Ruoff at the Russell Library, Middletown, CT at 9:17 a.m.
II. ADDITIONS TO ADGENDA: None
III. PUBLIC COMMENT: None
IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Ed Murray moved and Marie Shaw seconded a motion that the Minutes of the December 22, 1998 Annual Membership Meeting be approved. All voted in favor.
V. ANNUAL REPORTS:
Auditor’s Report: George Duffy, CPA expressed his thanks for inviting him. LION continues to show great financial strength; wherever LION is headed in the future, it will be going from a position of strength. Paul Nelson, Ellen Dunn, and the other staff were of great assistance especially on the special project regarding the fixed assets.
President’s Report: Sandy Ruoff distributed her report which expressed her thanks to all for spending their time and thought on the future direction for LION during the past year, which produced a lot of good information for making decisions about our course of action.
Executive Director’s Report: Bill Edge distributed his report which was written with the intention of explaining to libraries which might be interested in joining LION some background of LION. There were two major areas of activity during the year, PCL activity and telecommunications. When efforts toward merging three organizations into one PCL began in earnest, many areas of misgivings surfaced, not only cost, although cost would have eliminated 10 to 20 percent of the libraries from the new PCL; there were misgivings in terms of confidence in the level of staffing, disagreement over standards (of cataloging, etc.), network services to be provided and the method of charging for them, and the quality of the basic ILS functions of the system itself. In other LION activity, as soon as the frame relay network was hooked up 182 new users appeared, which are the members’ LANs and PCs accessing the Internet. One of the most impressive things in LION’s statistics are the number of ILL requests filled by LION members to each other, and nearly half of the filled ILL requests in the state come from LION libraries. Bill expressed his thanks to all, especially the officers and especially to Ann Montgomery Smith, who is a person of great integrity who led us in the PCL project.
Associate Director’s Report: Mark Hewes distributed his report, which he said should be read in conjunction with Bill’s report. During the year some retro conversion work was done in anticipation of PCL, which accounts for some of the bibliographic activity. EBSCO users can now be shown by PAC stations versus Internet users.
VI. NOMINATION COMMITTEE REPORT: The current officers have been asked if they will continue to serve for the next year and the election will be held at the Board Meeting today: Sandy Ruoff, President; Valerie Harrod, Vice President; Karen Smith, Treasurer; Sandy Long, Secretary.
VII. OFFICIAL DESIGNATION OF LION BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Bill reported that a few of the forms were still outstanding.
VIII. OTHER BUSINESS: None
IX. ADJOURNMENT: Leslie Scherer moved and Elsie Jenkins seconded a motion to adjourn at 10:06 a.m. All voted in favor.
Sandra R. Long