To:        Bob Lee, County Administrator

From:    Barbara Severin, Chairman, Library Board of Trustees

Date:     1/14/04

Re:        Travel Approval Request

The Library Board of Trustees requests approval for Library Director Maria Del Rosso to attend the Public Library Association (PLA) Bi-Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington from February 25-28, 2004. The total cost is estimated to be roughly $1,300.  Funds for this expense were approved in the library’s FY ’04 operating budget. 

In November 2003, the Library Board of Trustees adopted a 5-year master plan and an accompanying balanced scorecard that addresses management, resource, and service objectives for the Fauquier County Public Library. Foremost among Board priorities is the need to understand and manage the demands of an expanding library system within county fiscal guidelines. 

The PLA conference, long recognized as the “best conference for public librarians,” includes programs offered by national public library leaders on better use of facilities, management, partnerships, staffing, technology, and youth services.  (See attached program.)  Additionally, nearly 800 vendors will be represented, providing an opportunity to view first-hand new and developing services and products for public libraries.

The Board has encouraged Mrs. Del Rosso to explore methods and means used by other libraries to meet the demands for library service in the twenty-first century.  The PLA conference in Seattle offers an ideal forum to explore emerging trends.  The Board hopes the County Administrator will approve its request.