Rohnert Park-Cotati Library Advisory Board
Sonoma County Library
Rohnert Park-Cotati Library Advisory Board Minutes
October 16, 2018 – 5:00 P.M.
6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
CONVENING AND INTRODUCTIONS
Chair Lisa Neuson called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.
Lisa Neuson, Ulli Ehlers, Art Stuckey, Hanna Taylor, Barbara Utter.
Others Present: Library Commissioner Barbara Mackenzie, Rohnert Park Council Liaison Amy Ahanotu, Cotati City Council Liaison Wendy Skillman, Public Services Division Manager Lana Adlawan, Branch Manager Nancy Kleban.
Not present: Library Commissioner Jason Merrick, Friends of the Library President Pam Novelly.
All present introduced themselves.
REPORTS & UPDATES
LIBRARY COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
Commissioner Barbara Mackenzie reported that the Commission is reviewing one-time expenditures of the current surplus, including loanable hot spots, a 24-hour kiosk, and a mobile van—a decision will be made at the next Commission meeting. The $6.2 million surplus, a combination of last year’s and this year’s funds, may also be used to partially purchase a future new ILS (the software that runs the library system), LED light fixtures, and a delivery vehicle.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Public Services Division Manager Lana Adlawan reported that the Commission approved $40,000 for the LinkPlus interlibrary loan system; there is no timeline for its start date. An all-LAB meeting is in still the works; the Santa Rosa LAB is taking the lead in planning it. First review of Library Director applications will take place in the last week of October. Staff Day, September 27, had 223 attendees. Interim Director Hildreth gave an inspiring presentation on the future of libraries and there were a number of training sessions for staff. A new Community Relations Manager, Ray Holley, joins Sonoma County Library on October 29.
BRANCH MANAGER’S REPORT
Branch Manager Nancy Kleban reported that two full time librarians, Nicole Fernandez and Eric Lindenbusch, left the branch in September. A new librarian will start on October 29, and interviews for a second librarian will be held in early November. Event attendance has fallen and the LAB’s help is requested in promoting and recommending upcoming events.
YOUTH MEMBER’S REPORT
Currently we do not have a youth member on the Board.
FRIENDS OF THE ROHNERT PARK-COTATI REGIONAL LIBRARY REPORT
Barbara Mackenzie reported that the Friends’ recent book sale brought in over $4,600. DR3, part of St. Vincent DePaul, who have been picking up leftover books after the sales, had difficulty with their truck and were not able to take the books away. Six huge cartons (“Gaylords”) sat on the sidewalk in front of the library for part of the afternoon until a Discover Books truck arrived and took them away. On October 15, Olwen Peterson and Joan Schmutz participated in taped interviews as part of the Friends’ new oral history project. Plans are to stream the interviews on the Library website.
CITY COUNCIL LIAISONS’ REPORTS
Wendy Skillman reported on the recent quarterly Sonoma County council meeting where SCL Interim Director Susan Hildreth spoke, and stories of behind the scenes at last year’s fires were told. Upcoming events in Cotati are Oktoberfest and the December Shop and Stroll.
Amy Ahanotu is leaving the Rohnert Park Council; this is the last LAB meeting he’ll attend. The project across the Expressway from the library expects to break ground next year, with a completion date in 2020. The former Press Democrat property’s new owners will be constructing apartments. Founders Day parade was well attended.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF PAST MEETING
The minutes of the June 19, 2018, meeting were approved following a motion by Barbara Utter seconded by Ulli Ehlers. There are no minutes of the August meeting as a quorum was not present.
PUBLIC COMMENTS – None.
Lisa Neuson will be presenting the LAB’s recent activities at the November 5 Library Commission meeting.
There was no outreach at the Founders Day parade due to the lack of quorum at the August meeting. No plans were made for events during the upcoming winter holidays due to the current small size of the Board.
The Commission is working on a handout on the role of the Library Advisory Boards, expanding on the concept of interfacing with the community and promoting the library. Amy Ahanotu suggested that the commissioners define the LAB with a unified vision/mission/values statement for the individual LABs to tap into.
It was suggested that the LAB Chair give presentations at the Rohnert Park and Cotati City Council meetings. Smaller outreach displays with a box of books, a box of giveaways, and a comprehensive flyer could be arranged by one or two LAB members. Space on the 101 digital billboard could be shared with the City through Darrin Jenkins. The Cotati tree lighting event has streetlights and booths; a small table could be effective there.
ADVISORY BOARD INFORMATION ITEMS
The meeting adjourned at 6:00 pm.