Minutes from the March 21, 2003, Indiana Community Network Association Annual Meeting

The 2003 annual meeting of the Indiana Community Network Association took place on Friday, March 21, 2003, in the Curriculum Resource Center at IUPUI at 902 W New York St., Indianapolis.

Jane Holman, President, called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read. Darrel Potter moved to approve the minutes as presented, Terry McCain seconded the motion. Motion approved.

The budget report was presented, noting our current balance as $43,000.72. There was some discussion on the pros and cons of managing our own fund balance, but the consensus was that it should remain under the management of Kent Champagne, Director of Business Services, at the Intellnet Commisson. Darrel Potter moved to approve the budget as presented, Terry McCain seconded the motion. Motion approved.

Officers for the coming year were elected:
Terry McCain and Darrel Potter will serve as Co-President.
Jane Holman will serve as Secretary/Treasurer.
Laura Lindenbusch joined the board of directors.

Laura Lindenbusch made a presentation on what is happening at the state portal, Access Indiana. She noted that many of the activities revolve around bringing many non-similar projects together. Some of the projects they are currently working on and the resources that are available via Access Indiana.

Some of the proposed projects include J-TAC, a technology for searching judicial records over the Internet, connecting health departments from all counties, making it possible to pay traffic tickets at a central location. She discussed these and other proposed ideas with the board and invited us to share our viewpoint from the local perspective. She also handed out brochures that they are using to market services that are currently available.

Discussion included ideas on how to tap Access Indiana to help the community nets market services, how to better include county officials in the process, thus insuring "buy in" to the proposed services. Also discussed were services that some counties may need help from the state with implementation, such as GIS.

Ms. Lindenbush had to leave early for another appointment. After her departure, the board continued discussion over lunch regarding the current activities of our individual organizations, including sharing ideas on calendering, discussion and logging software, budget and sustainability issues, and how our varying localities determine the depth and breath of our individual organizations.

After lunch, we discussed the future of ICNA and possible ideas for improving the organization. Lack of members was seen as the most important issue. This was addressed by rescinding the dues requirement for all not-for-profit community networks. For-profit organizations will continue to be required to pay dues, but at the lower rate of $25/per year.

By consensus, the Secretary, Jane Holman, will compose a letter to invite other community networks to join us to meet to share ideas, which ICNA will endeavor to share with all the libraries in the state of Indiana via the library listserv.

We will assess our success at the next meeting and decided at that time whether there is enough interest to continue the organization, if we need to disband, or if we need to reinstate a dues schedule.

Meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Secretary, ICNA