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January 2001Volume 3 Number 1

Connecticut State Library
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State Library Board Notes

The State Library Board held their regular meeting on November 27, 2000 at the Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury.

Chair Ann Clark thanked Claudia Caine, Director of the Minor Memorial Library, and all the Library staff for making the Board feel so welcomed.

Board member Jack Short reported that he was pleased to be meeting in the Minor Memorial Library. This library is a perfect example of what a strong Friends group can achieve.

The board was brought up to date on the Connecticut Heritage Foundation's efforts to promote the Library and Museum. Art Mulligan, a Foundation Board member was successful in committing Geno Auriemma, Coach of the UConn Women's basketball team, to do a public service announcement for the Library and Museum. Paul Mayer, Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Tourism District, filmed and produced the public service announcement, which will be available for viewing in the near future.

The state is still developing the biennial budget. The State Library received $458,644 for capital equipment. The State Librarian and the CSL Executive Committee will decide how to appropriate this money.

A resolution was passed to honor Ms. Patricia Walker, Payroll Officer, who is retiring with more than twenty-one years with the library.

Sharon Brettschneider reported on the application for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, which was completed today. The grant will give eligible public libraries loaded computers for public access. Eligibility is based on at least 10% of the municipality's population living in poverty. The population of the town must have 10% or more of its users at poverty levels. The State Library will be benefiting from this grant indirectly.

In other action the Board approved:

The next State Library Board meeting is January 22, 2001 at 1:15 pm in the Attorney's Conference room.

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