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2024-04 12 Executive Meeting Agenda

April 5 2024

2024-04-12 Executive Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda- Executive Committee Meeting

Meeting Information

This meeting is in-person with an online option for those who cannot travel and the public.

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Agenda in FULL

Date: April 12, 2024
Location: Bonnyville, AB

Attendees: Jenn Anheliger (Chair), Larry Tiedemann (Treasurer), Barbara Smith, Maxine Fodness, Leslie Cusack, Matthew McLennan, Kelly Chamzuk, Vicky Lefebvre, Josh Crick

Regrets: Dwayne Spicer (Vice-Chair)

Guests: Jodi Dahlgren (LMC Chair)

Staff: James MacDonald, Terri Hampson

  1. Land Acknowledgment 

Northern Lights Library System respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, and Nakota Sioux Peoples.

  1. Approval of the agenda
  2. Approval of previous minutes of 2024 02 09
  3. Approval of previous minutes of 2024 02 23
  4. Chairs Report - Jenn Anheliger (verbal)
  5. Budget Report - James MacDonald
    Briefing Note: All but three municipalities have paid their annual levy. Those who have not paid have been contacted. One budget line is overspent by more than 10%. This is the building maintenance budget line resulting from the vestibule construction being coded here.


  1. ED Performance Evaluation Committee
    Briefing Note: a third member of the committee needs to be nominated. The committee is comprised of the Chair, Vice-chair, and one additional member elected by the Executive at the beginning of each year. See the EDEC Policy.

  2. Canada Revenue Agency update.
    Briefing Note: The list of Northern Lights business owners with the Canada Revenue Agency is out of date. We require a motion to update that list.

    DRAFT MOTION: Moved to update the list of Northern Lights Library System "Business Owners" with the Canadian Revenue Agency to the current trustees serving on the Executive, Jenn Anheliger, Dwayne Spicer, Larry Tiedemann, Barbara Smith, Maxine Fodness, Leslie Cusack, Matthew McLennan, Kelly Chamzuk, Vicky Lefebvre, Josh Crick, and the Executive Director, James MacDonald, and Finance Officer, Terri Hampson, with James MacDonald designated as the primary contact.

  3. Policies 

Section 1:1C Driver Safety and Service
Briefing Note: Provides a quarterly bonus to contract drivers when defined safety and service standards are met.

Section 1:3X Information Technology - Member Libraries
Briefing Note: Outlines the appropriate use of technology connected to the NLLS network at member libraries. This policy is required for cyber insurance compliance.

Section 3:1L Long-term Office Rentals
Briefing Note: Sets guidelines for long-term rentals or leases of NLLS-owned properties.


Section  2:1C Governance Style of the Board and TOR Procedural Policy
Briefing Note: Combines the Governance Style of the Board policy (2:1C) and the Terms of Reference: Procedural Policy of the Board. 2:1C becomes the preamble to the procedural policy. The policy is renamed to "Board Procedural Policy." Consider changing this from a TOR to policy 2:1C. Besides changes to grammar and punctuation, changes were made to better define quorum, rules regarding virtual participation in meetings, and changes to voting on motions made by email. 

Section 2:1E Executive Committee and 2:1O Election of Executive Committee
Briefing Note: Combines 2:1E Executive Committee and 2:1O Election of Executive Committee under one policy called "Executive Committee." Besides grammar and punctuation, clarity was provided on the population used to determine auto-seats and what happens when an auto-seat is vacated prematurely. Added a requirement to obtain legal counsel on the dismissal of an ED (for compliance with insurance).

Section 4:1A Collection Development 
Briefing Note: This came up during the regular review. We tightened the language and simplified it for clarity.


Section Sec 2:1O Election of Executive Committee
Briefing Note: Combine with Sec 2:1E

Section Sec 2:1C Governance Style of the Board
Briefing Note: Combine with TOR Procedural Policy


  1. 2023 Annual Survey Report
    Briefing Note: The survey was generally positive. The report provides a number of recommendations and outlines the progress on recommendations from the previous survey.

  2. Provincial Report for OROS Grant.
    Briefing Note: Overall circulation appears to be down, but we are trending upward in every other metric. The number of cardholders has more than doubled. Programs offered by our libraries are trending upward. There appears to be overall more engagement with Indigenous communities. We have no way of differentiating electronic usage from reserves or settlements. It is quite possible that a good chunk of our large uptick in electronic book and audiobook usage in 2023 can be attributed to the doubling of OROS patrons.

  3. 2025 Budget with projections through 2027
    Briefing Note: This is the first look at the 2025 budget. The Board has expressed a desire to speed up our budget approval timeline. A letter projecting any levy increase will go out in May (after the AGM).

  4. Standing ED Performance Evaluation (In-camera).

  5. Next Meetings

    Executive Meeting Schedule

    Board Meeting Schedule

    Jun 14, 2024 at 10:00 am - Newbrook May 22, 2024 at 10:00 am - In Person
    Aug 9, 2024 at 10:00 am - Gibbons Aug 23, 2024 at 10:00 am - In person
    Oct 11, 2024 at 10:00 am - Wainwright Nov 29, 2024 at 10:00 am - online
    Dec 13, 2024 at 10:00 am - Headquarters  
  6. Adjournment.
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