Central Library / Collection Development Advisory Committee Meeting
April 20, 2005

Attending: Jim Cosgrove, Sue Hermans, Greg Callahan, Ellen Guerci, Pat Kaufman, Merribeth Advocate, Lauren Muffs. Guest: Karen Moksvold.

Not attending: Josh Cohen, Tom Lawrence, Sally Alderdice, Bonnie Snyder, Patti Haar, Sherry Haluska

Approval of minutes: E. Guerci, seconded by G. Callahan

Report from the subcommittee: additional copies of bestsellers and DVD's

Info about Get Ready listing

Downloadable audio books

Report: Broadening titles available

Review HomeAccess page set-up


Local Portals

Upcoming meeting dates

Tabled until the next meeting


  1. L. Shedrick will prepare a report to be e-mailed to the committee - # of DVD's each library has, how many not-holdable, how many of the holds use them as a pick-up agency
  2. M. Advocate will put send out info about Get Ready, with an Action Memo to compile interested libraries. Also promote at May DA.
  3. At the next meeting the committee will discuss the possibility of making downloadable audio books a 'new format' collection.
  4. L.Shedrick will clarify for members that any library can use Acquisitions
  5. MHLS Marketing & Program Advisory Committee will create a sign to put by the print reference collection that there is a larger virtual reference collection available through the library computer and the home computer
  6. At the next meeting S.Hermans will demo Grolier Online
  7. L. Muffs will arrange a local portal training/discussion session within a month

Report to DA from the 4/20 meeting of the Central Library / Collection Development Advisory Committee:

  1. Analysis of MHLS combined collection of member library holdings indicate:
  2. MHLS libraries can get a reduced subscription to the Get Ready sheet - an ongoing listing of the books currently being promoted on TV. Members are to respond to Action Memo 05-07.
  3. Committee discussed making it easier for patrons to know about and use electronic databases.
  4. A meeting is being set-up for representatives from Putnam and Ulster counties to meet with Central Library staff to learn more about implementing a Local Portal for their counties. Interested parties from Columbia and Greene are encouraged to attend.

Merribeth Advocate, April 25, 2005