GMLC Meeting Friday March 16
In attendance: Mary Danko, Wendy Hysko, Chris Kirby, Owen McDermott, Judy Russell, Debra Tinkham & Lucinda Walker.
The meeting was called to order at 11:05 AM (via Go To Meeting)
1. Overdrive Advantage program:
Chris Kirby spoke to the four libraries that are currently enrolled in the Overdrive Advantage program. All four of them joined in the program in an effort to better meet local demand for e-books. The discussion centered around the need to support the Consortium as a whole vs. local support. Some consortia require libraries that participate in the Advantage program to buy one new title for every new title they get via Advantage. Others forbid participation in Advantage all together. After a long and thoughtful discussion, the Board decided to institute a $250 for any library that wishes to join the Advantage program. This fee would be spent on buying additional content for the Consortium. The four libraries already participating are grandfathered in without the fee. One Board member observed that our fees will have to increase so that we can keep pace with patron demand. Judy will prepare a number of blog posts to educate our members about the costs of e-books. Owen pointed out that Random House raised their e-books prices 300% a week ago.
2. Annual Meeting
This year’s annual meeting with take place during the Vermont Library Conference. Mary will try to find a room for the meeting (probably during the lunch hour.)
2. ListenUp! Vermont Donation Form
Ken Linge has created a one page donation form for people who wish to support ListenUp! Vemont. Donations will be handled by Network for Good.
The meeting was adjourned at 12: 10 PM.
Our next meeting is Friday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m.
The GMLC Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd at the Vermont Library Conference.