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CLOUSC Meeting Minutes 9/22/2014

Meeting Date: 
Monday, September 22, 2014

Attendees: Ruth Mallard (Liberty), Julie Baxter (Newburgh), Randall Enos (RCLS), Lisa Sinclair (Cornwall), Rena Kalanick (Fallsburg), Stacy Kraai (Warwick), Kathy LaRocca (Goshen), Melissa Quarles (Monroe), Pennie Mercado (Fallsburg), Michelle Muller (Goshen), Anna Gordon (Washingtonville), Rhonda Somarelli (Port Jervis), Vicey Thomas (Liberty), Connie Treuting (Port Jervis), Bonnie Sakow (Newburgh), Beth Zambito (Newburgh), Martha LaVallee (Cornwall), Susan Mangan (Ellenville), Linda Going (Walden), Joni Armstrong (Chester)
MEETING            Commenced 10:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions. New Member from Liberty Ruth Mallard
CLOUSC plans for 2014-2015
•    Reviewed our upcoming schedule including table talks and book share topics.  
•    Discussed our professional development opportunity to visit the Eric Carle Museum again which was very well received.  It was decided mid to late May would be a good time to go and Monday would be the best day of the week.  
•    Discussed our plan for our end of year luncheon taking place on June 1st.  Tentative plans for Bethel Woods as the location and Kelly Going as our speaker.
•    Discussed the reforming of the YSTUG committee.  Randy explained the two new technology based issues coming up at RCLS.  The first being the evaluation of databases to be shared among member libraries and the second being the pooling of funds to purchase new e-book and streaming materials to share amongst member libraries.  This committee would be responsible for evaluation and recommendation of these resources as well as reported back to CLOUSC their findings.
•    Discussed the Resource List posted on the RCLS website.  The general consensus was that it is still useful.  Michelle will start sending e-mail blasts with reminders to CLOUSC list of what is available.  Randy will also look into adding additional resources that may not be found in the catalog.
•    Discussed the updating of the bibliographies on the RCLS website.  Those who volunteered now have a December 2014 deadline to finish their work and pass the info on to Michelle or Randy.  Randy has been unable to post the updates which have already been turned in as the RCLS website is being updated, but it should be up by the December deadline.
        CLOUSC Award: Pennie Mercado volunteered to chair the committee again this year.  Maria Martinez and Vicey Thomas will also serve on the committee.
        Mock Caldecott and Newbery Discussions- Announcement was made that the Mock Printz Discussion will be held on a different day than the Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Discussions.  Discussion was held on how best to use the looser time schedule.  One idea was to select a top Mock Caldecott winner from amongst the group winners. Quickly it became apparent that more time for the group discussions was more desirable than selecting an overall winner.  Final result was the Mock Caldecott Discussion would take place from 9:15am -11:30am, lunch would be from 11:30am –noon and the Mock Newbery Discussion would be from noon -2pm.  If there is an interest, an overall Mock Caldecott winner would be discussed over lunch.
        Mock Newbery Committee- One last call for committee members.  Current members include Michelle Muller, Kathy LaRocca, Julie Baxter, Anna Gordon and Randy Enos as a silent partner.
        Other Committees-  Touch-a-Truck was discussed as the trend seems that individual communities seem to be doing their own versions.  Chester did one not too long ago and it was very successful.  The Town of Cornwall is planning one and asked about the RCLS van coming to participate.  Liberty also is doing their own. .
Book Share
Summer favorites and surprises: DayGlo Brothers picture book biography, Superhero and Lego books, The Day the Crayons Quit as a Talk it Up, Eye to Eye and Bones by Steve Jenkins, Green Eggs and Ham and Oobleck Dr. Seuss books, 11 Experiments that Failed
Highlights from Announcements from Randy
    Shared the train pop-up program from ALA’s awards recognition
An interesting notes from the KidsLib Camp was to use circulation statistics in the summer reading report, create literary spaces for patrons to make the library a place to hang out and that “maker spaces” are something we are all doing already whether we know it or not
Suggestion from the Uncommon Common Core workshop was to think about making school visits to the library common core related in a fun way.
Fall into Books is on October 17th.   Early Literacy Initiative workshop led by Beth Zambito at RCLS is on November 19th.  YSS Spring Conference on March 27th with info on the NYLA website.
Many samples of new Accu-cut shapes to take home.
Free ALSC/LEGO Junior Maker Librarian Toolkit and talk about Bricks 4 Kidz program
SRP Mini Grants: one is for K-2 technology grants and the other will be for teens/tweens and their families.
2015 Catalogs will be distributed soon with 3 copies per library.

3-minutes of fame  
•    Continuation of the SRP lessons learned Table Talk: Important points included doing evening programs resulted in higher numbers, use evaluations to your benefit, looked at the trend that the programs are more important than the reading logs due to summer work provided by the schools, rethink the rules that children have to be reading club members to participate in the programs, have a space set up so children can have activities to do no matter when they come to the library, and look at your own community to find out what and when competing things are being offered
MEETING adjourned            12:15 p.m.


Minutes Author: 
Lisa SinClair