The Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees Island Within A City Committee February 18, 2021
CALL TO ORDER
President Braun, called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.
Present Electronically: Ringelstein, Braun, Magnelli, Magnuson, Parent, Ross (7:10 P.M.).
Also Present Electronically: Bacarella, Stam. Committee members Stacy Wittmann, Dawn Parent, Dan McPhillips, and Penny Blubaugh (6:40 P.M.).
Absent: Rich Massaro.
Declaration by the Board President that a fully in-person meeting is not Practical or Prudent because of COVID.
RECOGNITION OF VISITORS
There were no visitors present.
There were no public comments.
ISLAND WITHIN A CITY BOOK COMMITTEE
Status of Project
Director Wittmann advised that she went through the boxes of the materials. She reported that there were no photographs or interview transcripts there. Trustee Ringelstein advised that the author told her that she would turn in a thumb drive of interviews once she makes a copy of it. The committee discussed whether or not they wanted to request the interview transcripts back from the author. Several of the Board members were interviewed by the author. Trustee Ross does not think we should pursue getting the transcripts from the interviews. The committee felt the library would be able to recreate a lot of the research that was done. Trustee Braun thought they could reach everyone. Trustee Magnelli advised that they should ask for the interview recordings. Trustee Ringelstein will follow up with the author and discuss getting them. The committee could supply a thumb drive to the author if need be. Trustee Magnuson advised that they should wait until after the Consolidated Election in April to reach out to the Villages.
Trustee Ringelstein discussed her idea for the book. She would like to open it up and invite members of the community to submit their stories. They could go back to the list with the topics they wanted covered and ask the community to submit a story. Penny said that they should have a template for people but she advised that she would be a bit worried on how many stories they would get.
Trustee Parent put together a presentation on what he thought the committee could do moving forward. He recommended a basic idea of telling the story of the community’s past thirty years through essays submitted by community members, students, and others with knowledge or interest in the community’s recent history. The committee would put together a waiver for the materials. They could put together a collection of essays out on the web if they have more than enough for the book. They could have two different collections one on the web and one in print. If they do not get enough essays, they could extend the deadline. They could supplement the submitted pieces with images and artwork. The remaining funding could pay for the editor, printing, and promoting the call for essays and the final product, and any legal expenses. He suggested a timeline. The committee agreed that this was a great approach. Penny thought that they should give an incentive for those who submit stories. Trustee Parent will send the link to the presentation to Director Wittmann and Trustee Ringelstein.
The committee will meet again in March or April. Dawn Parent commented that they should retain the book as a “celebration”. The committee agreed.
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. A roll call vote was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Ross, Magnelli, Ringelstein, Parent, Adams, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT Adams. The motion carried. The Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:12 P.M.