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Agendas and Minutes

Citizen Library Advisory Ad Hoc Committee (View All)

Citizen Library Advisory Ad Hoc Committee

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Citizens’ Library Advisory Ad Hoc Committee

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ashland Public Library, Gresham Room

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm



Vavra, Burkholder, Churchman, Blossom (library staff liaison), Seltzer (city staff liaison)



Keil, Batistella, Mayor Morrison


Guests:  None


I.Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 4:15 pm. Members introduced themselves.  Vavra announced Gibb has resigned from the committee dur to his work schedule.


II. Citizen Issues:



III. Approval of Minutes: Keil/Churchman

May minutes were postponed for approval until the next meeting.  The committee reviewed the study notes from the June meeting and briefly discussed the presentation by Jim Scheppke, Oregon State Librarian.


Vavra suggested considering as an action item a greater study of the Multnomah County Library system.  Burkholder reminded the group that the Jackson County library system was once considered one of the top in the State.


CLAC was disappointed with the lack of attendance by the JLAC members at the presentation by Jim Shepkke.  Burkholder reminded CLAC that the State Library is eager to assist the CLAC with their work.  Burkholder is on the Board of the State Library and is a “voice” for southern Oregon.


IV.       Report on Council Action Item July 1

Vavra reported the Council approved a bond levy to be placed on the November ballot for up to $.21 per $1000 assessed for library funding.


V.        Blossom reported on her attendance at the JLAC.

Blossom attended the JLAC meeting in early July and passed out library statistics from that meeting.  JLAC and LSSI are working on a 5 year plan and Mark Smith of LSSI has been working on the draft.  Blossom will ask if the CLAC can be involved in the process and have an opportunity to comment on the draft.  Jim Olney has resigned from the Jackson County Library foundation and the group is looking for new Board Members.  The JaCo business manager reported a savings of $65,000 by moving from SOLIS.  Brief discussion on who advocates to the county for the Library system/budget.


VI.       Brief discussion of Vavra as Chair.

Vavra offered to resign as chair of the committee since she is running for elebtion to the Council.  The group did not feel it was necessary for her to step down.  They praised her work as chair and requested that continue in that role.


VII       Next steps for CLAC

The group discussed whether they had completed their work and agreed that the next step is to prepare a final report for the council.  The group will take August off and meet again on Thursday September 11 to begin preparing a draft outline for the final report.  The group hopes to complete the report by October or November.  Blossom suggested using Google docs as a means of distributing the draft report for edits.


Action: Seltzer will scan thedocuments provided by Jim Scheppke.


Next Meeting Dates:

September 11 and September 25.


Meeting adjourned 6:00.




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