- This has a variety of impacts --
- one, we need to go through the process and pay for a lawyer's time (unless any of you out there are married to or know a lawyer who might do this pro bono). This will run us between $1000 and $3000. We've made more than our goal amount, so we can afford this.
- two, the eventual not-for-profit needs a board and a financial person. I don't think this would be at all time consuming, especially since policies will have been written and created prior to the board forming (we should have bylaws and a selection policy soon). This board would need to file a form with the IRS each year. So, we'd need some volunteers or have elections, etc.
- three, it makes the consortium that much more able to apply for grants or seek fundraising from outside our member libraries.
If you have an opinion, vote:
And, as we get our site started with OverDrive, we need to agree upon a few things:
- checkout period -- how long should a book remain "checked out" to a user? One week, or two? The file becomes unusable after the checkout period on a person's computer, but not on their mp3 player or burned cd. New Hampshire chose one week.
- number of items a patron may have out -- how many downloaded audio books should an individual be able to have at a given time? 2? 3? 5? New Hampshire chose 3, and I think we want to choose a small number in order to have the largest amount of our collection available and keep holds lists shorter.
Please vote on the 501(c)3 option by next Monday, the 21st, and email me by Friday the 18th with your thoughts on the circulation questions. Next week, we'll get out a draft selection policy for approval.