Library Board Minutes for August 2014


August 19, 2014

MEMBERS PRESENT: Gary Berger, Kerry Ahearn, and Jeff Breeden. Also present Library Director Lynn Schofield-Dahl, Adult Services Librarian Deanna Duffy and members of the public Judith Hoskins, Mary Hughes, and Linda Bleskachek.

The regular meeting of the Library Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by Chairman Gary Berger.

I. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Lynn Schofield-Dahl

II. CONSENT AGENDA: Matters considered routine by the Board of Trustees and which may be enacted in one motion. Any item, however, may be discussed separately per Board member request. Any exceptions to the Consent Agenda must be stated prior to approval.

Jeff asked that the minutes from the last meeting, Section 5, be altered. The minutes currently say “Jeff Breeden pointed out that, because a candidate was asked to leave, that we were in violation of the Open Meeting Law, and could not take a vote on this topic.” Jeff would like that to say ” we MAY BE in violation of the Open Meeting Law” He was not sure that it was a violation, only that it might be and would like the minutes to reflect that uncertainty.

Lynn distributed change pages for the bills and financial information.

Kerry Ahearn moved to approve, and Jeff Breeden seconded approval of the Consent Agenda, the amended minutes of the regular meeting on July 30, 2014, $14,112.40, in vouchers for the previous month, submitted prior to and at the meeting, $1,013.40 in checkbook expenses for the previous month, submitted prior to and at the meeting.




III. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: Items raised under this portion of the Agenda cannot be acted upon until notice provisions of Nevada’s Open Meeting Law have been completed. Therefore, any action on such items must be considered at a later meeting.

Judith Hoskins introduced herself.
Linda introduced herself and talked about an email she’d sent to the board, and that she wanted to attend the meeting in case anyone had any questions for her.


1. Director’s Report (Lynn Schofield-Dahl) –
Kerry had several questions, she asked about the increase in meeting room usage. A large part of that was Summer Reading Program events. She also asked about the percent of transactions per cardholder being higher than the number of cardholders. There are two primary reasons for this, most of our patrons do more than one transaction and we have many visitors using computers and asking questions. And she asked about the altered tech services position. That position was just processing items for circulation, when the position is filled it will include homebound delivery.

Jeff is happy to see the potential increase in digital services. He also asked about the collections at the Veteran’s home and the Senior Center. Lynn explained that those materials were bought with grant money specifically for those places and they weren’t included in our stats anymore. We don’t have to count them, so to clean up our records these are listed as being donated to those organizations as of July 2014.


1. Trustee Recruitment – Action possible (Gary Berger)

Including introduction of candidates for open Board of Trustee position (in alphabetical order)

a. Judith Hoskins

b. Dave Martin

c. Lar Nelson

d. Laura Palumbo

e. Susan Reams

Gary asked Judith to leave while the board voted. Jeff and Kerry disagreed. They didn’t see any reason for her to leave. There was also discussion about rules of order and it was clarified that by Open Meeting law, they can ask a candidate to leave during the vote as long as she is allowed to return after.

Kerry Ahearn moved to recommend Laura Palumbo. Jeff Breeden seconded. Motion carried.

Gary instructed Lynn, on behalf of the board, to notify County Commissioner Scow that Laura Palumbo is our recommendation to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees. He also asked that she CC Laura on that email to notify her.

Jeff thanked the people who came to speak to the board and the people who were interested in being on the board.

Judith, Mary, and Linda all left.

VII. CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: Items raised under this portion of the Agenda cannot be acted upon until notice provisions of Nevada’s Open Meeting Law have been completed. Therefore, any action on such items must be considered at a later meeting.

None present.


Gary mentioned the book that was returned last month from a smoker. Jeff talked to someone he knows that does restoration and was told that ozone is the answer. He then checked and found someone in Las Vegas that does ozone and talked with him. The gentleman in Las Vegas said that if it is just a few books a month, he would be willing to do them for free. This is a location that Jeff could easily stop at on his daily commute.

The board suggests that when really smoky books are returned, staff set them aside. Then, once in a while they can be dropped off to be treated with ozone.

Board Meeting – Wed. Sept. 17, 7pm

Kerry asked about the date of the county commission meeting. Lynn will email Commissioner Scow tomorrow and drop off the forms Friday. Lynn will then be notified of the date the commission will appoint our new Trustee.


Jeff Breeden moved to adjourn. Kerry Ahearn seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43pm.


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