Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 2, 2015
June 2, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #5

The Library Foundation Donation


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Cheri Coryea, Neighborhood Services Department Director, x3468

Ava Ehde, Manatee County Library Services Manager, x6301

Jane Plitt, The Library Foundation, President

Action Requested
Acceptance of $100,000 donation from the Library Foundation to assist with the purchase of a new Integrated Library System (ILS) for the countywide Manatee Public Library system. 

Enabling/Regulating Authority
11.1.4 Efficiency in Service Delivery

Background Discussion

Presentation of $100,000 donation by Jane Plitt, President of the Library Foundation, to Chairman Betsy Benac and to Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager.

On January 29, 2015, a fundraiser featuring author Stephen King was held at the Manatee Players. Over $100,000 was realized for the event, and over 350 people purchased tickets. The event was held to assist with the purchase of a new Integrated Library System for the Manatee Public Library system. 

The new System can be customized to the needs of the County, with regularly upgraded software and functionalities that will support new trends in library service.

Among other improvements, the new System provides an interface for mobile devices to provide access to library services on phones or I-pads.  A Discovery feature will allow for more results by simultaneously searching catalogs and other library databases.

The implementation timeline for the System is approximately 17 weeks. This includes planning, set-up, data mapping and testing, and training. 

The Board will formally accept the $100,000 donation., presented by members of the Library Foundation.

This donation will be combined with the Manatee County funds of $150,000 towards the purchase of the System.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records


Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$100,000 1600000000 Contribute Cult/Rec PvtSrc Opr

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs