Also in attendance were Melissa Carr, Director; Angela Mustard, Recording Secretary; Nancy Belcher, Linda Hodgkins, Greg Reeves, Connie Bush, Pat Kopp, Candace Gowan, Karen Neely, Elinor Barrett, Todd Kielkopf, Bill Fisher, Marilyn McLeod, DBRL Staff; Lee Fritz, Callaway County Commissioner; Robert Sterner, Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney; Kim Bartels, the Missourian; Glen Ehrhardt, DBRL's attorney; Gail Underwood, neighbor; Paul Craghead and Michael McCray.
, Callaway County
Prosecutor, addressed the Board regarding the current confidentiality policy (ADMIN 2-672).Sterner
stated that the current policy did not let the staff cooperate with law enforcement to help prosecute potential crimes.He
noted a case in 1987 where the library gave patron information to recover stolen property from the library.The state statute does not say that the library cannot disclose patron information, but it states that "...disclosure of library records is not required...". Sterner
stated that in order to get a court order, one must prove to the judge that it would be a concern of public safety.He
said that the Board has the power to change the policy.Sterner
, in support of his
proposal for policy revision, cited lurid scenes from the movie Seven and also asked a Board members to imagine a 12-year old girl, after an assault, found clutching a book checked out from the Daniel Boone Regional Library
mentioned that he
sent a letter to a few Board members on the premise of his
had also talked with Glen Ehrhardt regarding the confidentiality policy.Sterner
stated that if something happened later, it could be too late to bring it before the Board to be changed.
mentioned that she
is pro-law enforcement and that the Library's policy was the only thing that was protecting a crime.She
talked about her
professional experience with child sexual abuse cases and the importance of protecting children.Sterner
continued by saying that she
did not want to be a part of a public supported entity that was not going to be cooperative with law enforcement.
asked if the policy were modified, and it allowed for a judgement call to be made, would the library likely to be at risk for releasing information at certain circumstances.
Galenes asked Mr. Sterner
how difficult it was to get a judge to act on a case like this one.
replied that he
had to prove by preponderance of evidence that the information is necessary for prosecution.
thanked the Board for their time and understanding of his