Council Minutes from July 11, 2014

Draft minutes of the July 11, 2014 meeting of the Executive Council of the Pioneer Consortium

President Robin Reed Brooks Clark called the meeting to order at 10:01 a.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Nebraska Library Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska. The meeting was conducted in compliance with the Nebraska Public/Open Meetings Law. Member libraries received notices and copies of the Agenda on July 7, 2014 to post locally.


Voting members of the Executive Council present were President Robin Reed Brooks Clark, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion; Vice President Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library; Secretary Claire Bushong, Valley Public Library, Pat Leach, Immediate Past President, Lincoln City Libraries. Treasurer Vickie Perrie, Superior Public Library, was absent. Richard Miller, Nebraska Library Commission, was present.


Minutes of the May 9, 2014 meeting were approved by all voting members (moved Riedesel, second Leach, approved 4-0).


Treasurer’s Report [See attached report.]

June treasurer’s report showed a beginning cash balance of $96,079.74 and ending cash balance of $104,106.16.

Because of resignation of Vickie Perrie, the document with intervening February to May financial information (requested at the May meeting) was not available. Robin Clark will ask Steve Fosselman to work with Paul Jones to make that information available.

There was no Business/Financial Agent report.

There was no Technical Committee report.

The Contingency Committee had not met since the last Executive Council meeting, so there was no report from that committee. Laureen Riedesel noted that it would be a good time to make sure the Support Committee procedures were in place as Axtell joins the consortium. She will contact Steve Fosselman to make sure those procedures are being implemented.

New Business

Pat Leach moved to accept Axtell Public Library’s application to join Pioneer, seconded by Laureen Riedesel, motion carried 4-0. Richard Miller noted that Jackie Minnis might be a good person to keep in mind for future involvement.

Laureen Riedesel moved to approve the resolution regarding St. Paul Public Library’s accreditation, seconded by Pat Leach. Richard Miller said that he and Sharon Osenka met Angela Blankenship, who has been hired as their director. She has registered for certification (has provisional certification), and each of the trustees has committed to 5 hours of CE credit. He had a positive report on progress being made. He suggested the following change to the draft resolution:

March 1, 2015 – deadline to reach at least Bronze level of accreditation. (Strike remainder of paragraph.) Changes were accepted and the motion carried 4-0. [See attached document.]

Robin Clark said that Vicki Perrie had indicated her desire to resign as treasurer. Pat Leach moved to accept resignation of Vicki Perrie as treasurer of Pioneer Consortium, seconded by Laureen Riedesel. Motion carried 4-0. [See attached letter.]

Robin Clark will follow up on names suggested to replace Perrie.

There was discussion of whether to schedule a users’ group at NLA conference or whether a training session would be scheduled. One suggestion was that it might be helpful to run a session on how try things out in the sandbox. It was determined that it would serve the membership better to schedule a training session at a geographically central location at another time. Robin Clark and Laureen Riedesel will work together on scheduling a social function for Pioneer members attending NLA, and will look into distinctive Pioneer ribbons for name badges. Robin Clark will contact all regional systems directors to schedule Pioneer time at all 2015 annual meetings.

Richard Miller gave the group a brief update of the plan for reorganization of regional systems. He also reported on his informal visit with a representative of the Bywater Group (community version of KOHA) during the ALA conference.

Meeting was adjourned by the President at 11:09 a.m.


Amended resolution – St. Paul Public Library

Pioneer Consortium

July 11, 2014

The Executive Committee of the pioneer Council approves St Paul Public Library’s plan to the Nebraska Library Commission of reaccreditation and defers enforcement of Pioneer’s policy on Nebraska Library Commission Accreditation , contingent on the following required progress deadlines and successful verification by the Nebraska Library commission:

October 1, 2014 – deadline for online submission to NLC of Library Board and Library Director certifications

March 1, 2015 – deadline to reach at least Bronze level of accreditation




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