Huron Valley Community Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes
April 14, 1996

Board Members Present:
Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Keith Stanger (Secretary), Mary Udoji, Steve Weiss (Chair, HVCN Technical Committee)
Community Members Present:
Richard Birk, Madeline Faith, Ann Harris, Valerie Mates (HVCN Technical Committee

The meeting was held at the Washtenaw County Library and was called to order at 1:10 p.m. by Mr. Barr, who distributed an agenda. The Board waived notice of time, place and subject of the meeting.

The minutes of the March 10, 1996 HVCN Board meeting were approved and will be posted on the HVCN web site (http://hvcn.org/minutes/hvcnidx.htm).

The HVCN financial report prepared by Mr. Hayes for the period ending March 31, 1996 was approved by the Board. Mr. Weiss was asked to place the report on the HVCN web site (http://hvcn.org/treas/treasidx.html).

Mr. Weiss announced that the World Wide Web conferencing system he wrote with Jan Wolter--Backtalk--was made available to the public on the HVCN web page on April 13, 1996. He said he hoped to create a conference for the HVCN Library InfoCenter within two days. Mr. Weiss reported that he recently reorganized the Library InfoCenter--the public libraries were now "up front." Mr. Weiss said he hoped someone would volunteer to coordinate the Human Services InfoCenter. Mr. Weiss mentioned that he had started talking to Mr. Hayes about the advisability of starting a Service Organization InfoCenter, e.g., Kiwanis, and whether this might be too narrow a focus for an InfoCenter. Mr. Weiss said he received e-mail about the People's Food Co-op web site, and said that at this time HVCN did not have an appropriate InfoCenter under which to point to it. Mr. Weiss observed that people who volunteer to write html for an organization are only going part way to meeting the organization's needs--useful information must be collected and organized first. Mr. Weiss said he asked Valerie Mates to work on the proper configuration of HVCN's dial-in interface.

Mr. Barr reported that Mr. Hayes was developing web pages for the Ypsilanti District Library and that Dan Romanchik had developed a home page for the Milan Public Library. Mr. Barr said that Mr. Hayes scanned in the League of Women Voters of the United States Issue Book--the national organization's positions on a number of issues developed at their 1994 convention and intended to serve them through their 1996 convention. Mr. Barr said he was "cleaning up" the scanned in pages so that they could be converted to html and added to the pages of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. Mr. Barr reported that Susan Dils, a librarian at the Detroit Public Library, was interested in putting on the HVCN web site a guide to local polling place information for the Government InfoCenter. Mr. Stanger reported the existence of a web site that can draw a map of a neighborhood or larger region if one inputs a street address (http://www.mapquest.com). Mr. Weiss noted that it might be possible to have a menu of polling place addresses and when a user selected one, a request would be sent to the Mapquest site, which would draw the appropriate map. Mr. Stanger reported that he hoped to update the home page of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area by April 16, 1996.

Mr. Barr reported that Dan Romanchik had been developing prototype web pages for the Neighborhood Watch crime prevention project. Mr. Barr said he was working to get the Ypsilanti Police Department's Crime Prevention office a new computer.

Mr. Barr distributed materials to be available at the Log On @ the Library day at the Ann Arbor District Library on April 16, 1996. Mr. Barr reported that Sue Davidsen, of the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL), agreed to let HVCN use her computer and lcd panel after her MEL demonstration for a live HVCN demonstration. Mr. Barr will narrate and Mr. Weiss will assist with the computer. Mr. Hayes and Ms. Udoji agreed to monitor the HVCN/GREX information table for HVCN. Mr. Barr will also develop and bring HVCN handouts.

Mr. Barr reported that he had a volunteer to help with the fund raising mailing list. He said he would need money for postage.

Ann Harris, of the Child & Family Service, presented background information on the formation of the ICAN (Interactive Community Access Network of Washtenaw County) collaborative project. The goal of ICAN is to assist community members in maximizing their potential through rapid and easy access to community resources which will support them in the achievement of their individual goals. Ms. Harris's vision was that no matter what service door a community member started with--transportation, human services, education--there would be easy access to other community services that might provide help. Information and information systems are key to ensuring citizen accessibility to community resources and services.

Mr. Barr reported that Joan Durrance, of the University of Michigan School of Information, would like to make available a School of Information graduate student to work with HVCN during the next term. Mr. Weiss said he could use some help developing a Human Services InfoCenter. Ms. Udoji said that Dr. Durrance had mentioned the possibility of developing Housing, Environment, or Children's Services InfoCenters. It was mentioned that Washtenaw Comnet has a human services directory on its web site (http://comnet.org).

Mr. Barr said the Board needed to discuss again the boundaries of the HVCN service area. Requests had been coming in for HVCN to host web sites of organizations outside of Washtenaw County or a local telephone call into Ann Arbor.

The next Board meeting was scheduled for Sunday, May 6, 1996 at 1:00 p.m. at the Washtenaw County Library.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Stanger, Secretary