Board Minutes

Meeting Date

Next Meeting: August 10, 2022 Noon

Library Hot Picks Room

MINUTES of the Regular Meeting of the Pitkin County Library Board of Trustees on July 13,


President JohnWilkinson called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m..

ROLL CALL: Trustees present: Austine Stitt, John Wilkinson. Elizabeth Nix, Barbara Reid,

Barbara Smith, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy, and alternate Anna Scott. Trustee Ashley Connolly

was not present. Pitkin County Librarian Kathy Chandler attended as did Assistant Library

Director Genevieve Smith and Young Adult/Makers’ Space Librarian Shannon Foster. Pitkin

County Facilities Director Jodi Smith attended as well. .

MINUTES: Elizabeth Stewart Severy moved to approve the Minutes of the May 11, 2022

meeting. Barbara Smith seconded the motion which passed with no dissent.

PUBLIC COMMENT: There was no public comment.


John Wilkinson referenced a recent article about Library censorship in the New York Times that

he had forwarded to the Board.


John reported on the July 5 Snowmass Village Town .Council meeting he, Genevieve, and Kathy

had attended on the Library’s behalf. Long discussion followed about what is involved in

opening a library station in Snowmass Village.

Kathy reminded the Board that her quarterly evaluation is due soon.

Kathy reported on her progress with digitizing both the Aspen Times and the Aspen Daily News.


Jodi Smith informed the Board that Pitkin County is planning to install security cameras on all its

buildings, including the Library. There was discussion about privacy issues.

Jodi Smith is working on a budget proposal for $50,000. to begin planning for the Snowmass

Village library station. The first step would be an architectural feasibility study which would

cost about $15,000.

Jodi updated the Board on the replacement of the Library’s boilers. Pitkin County is doing an

electrification study in 2023 for its buildings. Jodi talked about a hybrid (electric with gas

backup) for the Library. Meanwhile, the Library will administer TLC to its existing boilers.

The Library will need to repair and replace some of its existing furniture and carpeting sooner or


Shannon Foster informed the Board about national book censoring trends. Discussion followed

about the Library’s position on censorship as well as its procedures if a book is challenged.

Barbara Reid noted the tables and chairs across the plaza and asked about the Library’s having

similar outdoor furniture.

ADJOURNMENT: Barbara Reid moved to adjourn the meeting. Barbara Smith seconded the

motion, which carried unanimously.


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Respectfully submitted,

Austine Stitt

Acting Secretary