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NOVEMBER 2000Volume 2 Number 4

Connecticut State Library
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State Library Board Notes

The State Library Board held their regular meeting on September 25 at the State Library.

Chairman Ann Clark welcomed new Board member, Betty Sternberg, who is serving as the Commissioner of Education's designee. Ms. Sternberg is the Associate Commissioner of Education, Division of Teaching and Learning.

Sharon Brettschneider, Director of Library Development, reported that Valerie Harrod, director of the Durham Public Library is the new Chairperson of the Advisory Council for Library Planning and Development.

It was reported that the consulting firm Himmel and Wilson has been selected to study and evaluate the services and structures of the Division of Library Development (DLD) and the Cooperative Library Service Units(CLSUs) and their relationship with each other. They will have a series of focus groups around Connecticut and will be visiting the CLSU offices, CLSU Planning Committee as well as the State Library and its service centers. A final report will be presented to the State Library and CLSUs by February 15, 2001.

It was noted that the Friends of the Avon Library would be celebrating their 50th anniversary. The Board authorized a certificate to be presented by Board member Jack Short at the celebration on October 1, 2000.

Rich Kingston, Director of Administrative Services, reported that the State Library received budget reductions in the amount of $106,000. The budget reductions were made by the state's Office of Policy and Management to keep overall state spending under the Constitutional budget cap. The major reductions for the State Library were in the book budget, the Connecticut Digital Library and the Commission on the Arts.

In other action the Board approved:

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