FAQ for New Regional System

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

About the Upcoming ELS and NELS Regional Library System Merger
from your Three Rivers Library System planning committee*

WHEN DO THESE CHANGES WE VOTED ON TAKE PLACE?

The current systems will cease to exist Dec. 31, 2014. At that time contracts for all current employees will also end.
Our budget request for Jan-Jun 2015 is due to the NLC by mid-November.

WHO WILL STAFF THE NEW SYSTEM?

Plans are to start advertising for a new executive director by mid-November. Review of applicants begins upon receipt and will continue until the position is filled.
Current employees are eligible to apply for the new position.
We may wait to hire additional staff until the new director is in place.

WHAT’S THE PLAN FOR SERVICE IN THE MEAN TIME?

A transition plan is being developed. We are considering a variety of service models.
The transition plan includes scheduling a summer reading workshop in the northern portion of Three Rivers, planning a school librarian day at UNO, and continuing meetings for DIRECT/TARGET and CLICK.

WHAT ABOUT THE OFFICES?

There is a chance of keeping both offices open into the new year (2015) as the current and new boards deal with the physical assets of the systems.
One or both of the current offices will probably be closed by June 2015, although there will be a physical office located somewhere within the system.

WHAT IF I HAVE IDEAS TO SHARE?

Input from member libraries is welcomed and needed by the Three Rivers System Board has we move forward with plans to provide service to our libraries. Contact anyone on the planning committee (see below).
Three Rivers Library System planning committee members

From the Eastern Library System:

Rose Barcal (La Vista Public Library) rbarcal@cityoflavista.org
Francine Canfield (Baright Public Library—Ralston) fcanfield@cityofralston.com (402-331-7636 or cell 402-630-0773)
Laura England-Biggs (Keene Memorial Library—Fremont) laura.biggs@fremontne.gov

From the Northeast Library System:

Kathy Ageton (Lutheran High Northeast—Norfolk) kageton@lhne.org
Beth Foulks (Ponca Carnegie Library) poncalib@gpcom.net
Lauran Lofgren (Wayne Public Library) llofgren@cityofwayne.org

From Cass County:

Aimee Morlan (Weeping Water Public Library) ww60031@windstream.net

Regional Systems Merger Documents

Please review these documents before the Eastern Library System (ELS) Special Meeting  at 4:30pm, October 9th in South Sioux City during the NLA/NSLA conference.

*Note: You do not have to register for the annual conference to attend the special meeting.

The first document is the Plan of Merger. The ELS board has voted to bring this Plan to a vote of the ELS members; it has been reviewed by an attorney.  At the special meeting, ELS member libraries will vote on this:  Plan of Merger

The second document is the Amended Articles of Incorporation. These Articles will govern the new system, which is identified in the document as the Three Rivers Library System. The current Northeast Library System members will vote on this: Amended Articles of Incorporation

Both documents must be approved in order to bring about the merger.

To clarify:

If these documents are both approved, the two regions will merge into one system with new geographical borders.

A new 7-member board of directors will take office on Jan 1, 2015, and will govern the Three Rivers Library System. They will establish by-laws providing for the ongoing election of board members. Annual meetings will begin in 2015.

The boards of both systems (as well as the seven potential board directors of the new system) see this reorganization as a merger of equals. However, as a practical matter, it is easier legally for one of the Systems to merge into the other, rather than for both to shut down and start over.  So the Eastern System will be absorbed into the Northeast, and the Northeast System will amend its Articles of Incorporation to include the new territory which will have a new name.  This will allow the new system to continue under the Northeast System’s 501(c)(3) status without having to re-apply to the IRS for that designation.

If these documents are not both approved, the two regions will remain as they are currently until Dec 31, 2014, after which they will no longer receive funding from the Nebraska Library Commission unless another plan can be worked out.

If you have any questions, please contact us so we can clarify further, and everyone will understand what they are voting for in October.