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Nebraska Library Commission - Minutes

Nebraska Library Commission

March 17, 1995


The Nebraska Library Commission held its regular meeting Friday, March 17, 1995 at 1:00 p.m. at the Nebraska Library Commission, The Atrium, 1200 "N" Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, Nebraska. Notice of the meeting was submitted to local newspapers (Lincoln Journal-Star, Omaha World Herald), and posted on the Nebraska Library Commission Homepage.


Chairman Ron Norman called the meeting to order at 1:05 p.m. Members present: Ron Norman, Jean Sanders, Myrna Vollbrecht, Frances Lovell, and Dr. Robert McPherson. Staff present: Rod Wagner, Elaine Miller. Guests present: Doug Staab.

Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Robert McPherson and seconded by Jean Sanders to approve the agenda. Motion carried on a roll call vote: Sanders-aye; Vollbrecht-aye; Lovell-aye; McPherson-aye; Harvey-absent; Norman-aye.

Approval of the minutes of the January 13, 1995 meeting: It was moved by Myrna Vollbrecht and seconded by Frances Lovell to approve the minutes of the January 13, 1995 meeting. Motion carried on a roll call vote: Sanders-aye; Vollbrecht-aye; Lovell-aye; McPherson-aye; Harvey-absent; Norman-aye.


Rod Wagner introduced Doug Staab, General Manager of Nebrask@ Online, to the Commissioners. Mr. Staab gave a report to the Commissioners on Nebrask@ Online.


No correspondence or communications were noted.


The Chairman had no report.


1995-97 Biennium Budget Status: The budget hearing for the Library Commission was held on February 28, 1995 (Attachments I and II). Nancy Busch and Rod Wagner are having follow up meetings with most of the members of the committee.

Public Library Statutes Revision Update: The Library Commission has been working with the League of Municipalities, Nebraska Library Association Legislative Committee and the two major urban libraries, Omaha and Lincoln, to seek compromise on a bill that would update Nebraska's Public Library Laws (LB 590). This particular bill permits the formation of county library federations.

Nebrask@ Online Update: Following the Interagency Agreement that was signed between the Nebraska Library Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles to have the Library Commission take over supplying electronic access to driver license records, a letter was issued to the major companies that have relied on supplying computer tapes to the Motor Vehicle Department and purchasing them directly in that fashion. Currently the cost is $2.00 per record, the new arrangement with Nebrask@ Online requires a $3.00 per record (for direct electronic access). The "batch" record purchasers are resisting this arrangement. The national average cost for a drivers license record is $3.65. Of the $3.00, $.25 goes to the Department of Motor Vehicles, $1.75 to the State General Fund (per statutory requirement), and the remaining $1.00 goes to Nebrask@ Online for network operating costs. (Attachment III).

Personnel Changes: Sara Martin has resigned her position as Librarian III at the Nebraska Library Commission to accept the appointment of Assistant Systems Librarian at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Love Library. Recruitment has begun to fill this position.

Spring Events (NLA, etc.): the Nebraska Library Association has meetings scheduled by the College and University section at the College of St. Mary in May. The Public Library section, Trustees, User's and Friend's section and the School Children and Young People's section have joint regional spring meetings scheduled for the 1st of May in Scottsbluff, 3rd of May in Holdrege, 4th of May in O'Neill, and the 5th of May in Fremont.


January and February Expenditure Reports: Commissioners received and reviewed the January and February 1995 Expenditure and Financial Report (Attachments IV & V).

Federal Funds Audit Appeal: The United States Department of Education agreed to the offer the Library Commission made to pay $2800 and forego any further audit of records from 1991. This is not an omission of guilt on the Library Commission's part concerning incomplete payroll record documentation, but avoids further cost in appealing the audit finding.


There was no unfinished business.


Out-of-State Travel Request:

It was moved by Robert McPherson, seconded by Jean Sanders to approve an out-of-state travel request from Rod Wagner to attend the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies meetings in Washington D.C. on April 9 through April 11, 1995. Motion carried on roll call vote: Sanders-aye; Vollbrecht-aye; Lovell-aye; McPherson-aye; Harvey-absent; Norman-aye.


It was moved by Jean Sanders and seconded by Myrna Vollbrecht to adjourn the meeting at 1:55 p.m. Motion carried on roll call vote: Sanders-aye; Vollbrecht-aye; Lovell-aye; McPherson-aye; Harvey-absent; Norman-aye.

Elaine Miller, Secretary

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