Minutes of the CSU Friends of the Library Meeting

February 18, 1999

In attendance: Bill Barrow, Tom Flechtner, Barbara Florjancic, Lenore Koppel, George Lupone, Richard P. Morgan, Al Oberst, H. Baird Tenney, Glenda Thornton, and Henry York

H. Baird Tenney, Friends President, convened the meeting at 11:00 a.m.


Review Agenda

Friends Web Page

Donna Stewart presented a draft of the new Friends Web page. The group voiced its strong approval and expressed their thanks and much appreciation to Donna. The page can be viewed by visiting the URL site http://html.ulib.csuohio.edu/friends/

Fund Raising

Glenda Thornton distributed a report titled "Draft Project Proposals" which outlined donor projects for Friends of the Library possible endorsement. The draft included a brief project description, benefits to students and other users, and the estimated cost. H. Baird Tenney asked everyone to review the report and give ideas or suggestions at the next staff meeting.

Book Auction

Baird reminded the group that the Library received a large number of books from an estate. The titles were offered to book dealers who were invited to submit bids for the collection. The deadline for submission of bids was February 18. Cleveland Antiquarian Books in Shaker Square was the only bidder so far. Al Oberst made a motion that if we get no other bid that is equal to or higher than the current bid, then the Friends of the Library will accept the bid from Cleveland Antiquarian Books. Unanimous vote. [As of this writing, no other bids were received, so the bid from Cleveland Antiquarian Books was accepted].


 Newsletter update

Baird reported that the second newsletter would include the following topics:

Cleveland Public Library Tour

Baird reported that the second Cleveland Public Library tour might not be held until the spring of 1999 [as of this writing, the tour may not be held until the fall]. Ted Sande of the Restoration Society agreed to be a part of the program. Steven Litt of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Bob Madison may also be a part of the program.

Valuation of Gifts

Glenda passed out a report titled "Gift Appraisal Practices of Libraries in Ohio" and discussed her research on the valuation of books. The lawyers here said that we cannot put a valuation on books, but on the letter thanking the donors, the Library could list how many items were donated, a brief description of the items, and a line at the bottom of the letter: "Donor has valued this gift at $___________. Donor should contact his or her tax advisor for advice on tax deductions for gifts-in-kind."

Book talks or Programs

Lenore reported that the next two programs were Richard A. Peterson, director of Project: LEARN, who would make a presentation on "Illiteracy, Where does it come from, What do we do about it," and Lenore Koppel would give a book review on the works of author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. [As of this writing, Richard Peterson’s program was held on Tuesday, March 23 at noon and Lenore’s book review is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 22 at noon in RT 503.]

Commemoration of George Washington’s death

Bill Barrow announced that a new Web page titled "Cleveland's First Infrastructure: The Ohio-Erie Canal, from George Washington to Alfred Kelley" would be available soon. The site celebrates National Engineer's Week and George Washington's birthday, and was prepared with funds from the Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Soren Hansen and Randy Over of the ASCE arranged this grant.

The digital Web site will be exhibited in the fall for a commemoration of George Washington’s death. This event will be part of a yearlong commemoration organized by The Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Glenda asked Friends members to donate or lend items pertaining to George Washington, such as book, photos, etc., that the Library could use as part of the exhibit, which will be held in the Library’s Special Collections area. A definite date has not been set.

[note: You can access the site at http://web.ulib.csuohio.edu/SpecColl/canal/.]

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.


The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Rhodes Tower, Room 502. coffee and tea will be provided.

Donate your used books

Please remember to bring books for the Friends book sale. If you can’t attend the meeting or would like to make arrangements for pick-up, please call Lisa Russell at (216) 687-2481. Many thanks to those who have already donated books!