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  • Board Meeting


    NYSALB Board of Directors’ Meeting
    Hampton Inn and Suites, Albany, NY

    Saturday, September 12, 2009

    ATTENDANCE:  Mary Ellen O’Connor [president], Francis Picart [1st vice president],
    Rita Reissig [2nd vice president], Arnie Elman [treasurer], Mark Friden, Norm Gallagher, Bola Majekodunmi,
    Sam Patton, Adria Ripka, George Stamatiades, Brian Steele.

    EXCUSED:  Joan Hurley, Suzanne Stockman [secretary], Sally Swierczek

    ALSO IN ATTENDANCE:  Margaret Malicki, Association Consultant, and John Cirrin, Volunteer Public Information Officer.

    CALL TO ORDER:  Mary Ellen O’Connor called the meeting to order at 9:10 am.  She asked for a motion to change the standing agenda to include: change from Role Call to Call to Order, addition of a Public Comment period, and to eliminate Communications. George Stamatiades made the motion and Bola Majekodunmi seconded it. The motion was unanimously approved.

    VOTE - New NYSALB directors:  Arnie Elman made a motion to vote Brian Steele as a director.  George Stamatiades seconded.  The motion was unanimously approved. 
    Sam Patton made a motion to vote Mark Friden as a director.  Bola Majekodunmi seconded it.  The motion was unanimously approved. .
    Adria Ripka made a motion to vote Norman Gallagher as a director.  Rita Reissig seconded it. The motion was unanimously approved.

    MINUTES:  The minutes for the May 1, 2009 meeting were considered by the board.  Adria Ripka made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections noted. Rita Reissig seconded it. The motion was approved unanimously.   Francis Picart will make the corrections and forward a copy to Margaret Malicki for the records.

    John Cirrin was introduced as the volunteer public information officer. His responsibilities will include notifying the press of our meeting dates in compliance with the open meetings law, and newsworthy press releases.

    TREASURER’S REPORT: Arnie Elman presented and reviewed the Treasurer’s Report. It will be filed for the record.

    PRESIDENT’S REPORT:  Mary Ellen O’Connor indicated William F. Ryan will serve as pro bono attorney for NYSALB. While president, Mary Ellen O’Connor stated that she wants to work at giving NYSALB visibility as the premier organization for trustees in NYS.  She would also like to strive to make NYSALB the most important organization for library policy collection.  Jerry Nichols, who is editing the Trustee Handbook will not meet the deadline schedule of September but thinks January will be more realistic.  He will be invited to the January meeting.  The NYLA Conference will be attended by Mary Ellen O’Connor, Francis Picart and Sam Patton representing NYSALB. 

    BUDGET, FINANCE AND PLANNING:  Arnie Elman asked for a motion for the 2009-2010 officers be authorized to be signers of all accounts held at Bank of America and Morgan Stanley.  George Stamatiades made the motion and it was seconded by Sam Patton.  The motion was approved unanimously.


    EDUCATION:  After board discussion on the location of the Trustee Institute, Arnie Elman made a motion that authorizes the president to make the determination of the site and date of the 2010 Trustee Institute after consultation with Francis Picart on the availability of Suffolk County facilities, and Bola Majekodunmi on the availability of Nassau County facilities. The motion was seconded by George Stamatiades.  The motion was approved by a vote of 10 with 1 abstention. 
    Bola Majekodunmi made a motion to appoint Dick Strauss as the NYSALB liaison to NYLA.  It was seconded by Sam Patton.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    EXECUTIVE:  Mary Ellen O’Connor asked for a motion to authorize payment to Fire Engine Red for public relation releases in the amount of $75. Arnie Elman made the motion.  Sam Patton seconded it.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    LEGISLATION AND POLICY:  Francis Picart presented an update on trustee training bill.

    MEMBERSHIP:  George Stamatiades reported our challenge continues to be getting libraries to join (who were never members) and getting the trustee names of these libraries. The President asked that the committee consider corporate sponsors and develop benefits.

    NOMINATING:  No report

    PUBLIC RELATIONS/NEWSLETTER/WEBSITE:  Adria reported that the website needs updating to become useful for trustees. The site could provide sponsor benefits on the web. Review of the website should include responsibilities of site manager and associated cost.

    Suzanne Stockman was not in attendance to report. However, Mary Ellen said in 2010 her efforts should focus on Velma Moore only.

    OLD BUSINESS:  Francis Picart asked if Kevin Verbesey from the NYLA Legislative Committee could present to the NYSALB board.  The President said to invite him to the November meeting.

    NEW BUSINESS:  Francis Picart made a motion to accept the 2009-2010 NYSALB board meeting dates as: 
    November 14, 2009 - January 9, 2010 - March 13, 2010 – April 30, 2010 (Institute) - Sept 25, 2010. Bola Majekodunmi seconded it. The motion was approved unanimously.

    Arnie Elman made a motion to discuss bylaws. Adria Ripka seconded it.  By Laws changes were discussed.  The changes will be sent to the board thirty (30) days before the November meeting so they can be voted on at the November 14th meeting.
    NYSALB mission was discussed. The President asked that we consider NYSALB educates, advocates and represents for library trustees.

    Changing the name of NYSALB was discussed, and will be discussed at the November 14th meeting.

    A motion to adjourn was made by Rita Reissig, and seconded by George Stamatiades.  Mary Ellen O’Connor adjourned the meeting at 2:54 pm.

    Submitted by,
    Margaret Malicki                      September 12,2009

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