OF FEBRUARY 26, 2003

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at the Ridgedale Area Library.

Present: Gerda Haas, Patricia Izek, David Pratt, and Cynthia Steinke.
Library Staff Attending: C.Brown, D.Cramer, K.Kimerer, J.Leick, J.Morgan, N.Perron, E.Feinberg, S.Louis, P.Fox, C.Benish, C.Ahrens, & B.Berg.
Guests: Dawn Currier (OBF).

Call to Order/Welcome/Public Comment
The meeting was called to order by President David Pratt without a quorum (fourth member joined the meeting later for the required quorum).

Public Comment: None.

Ridgedale Library: Sandy Louis reviewed structure of the West Resource Group. Ridgedale is the busiest public library in the state of MN. AMH is used heavily and Ridgedale continues to have visitors from around the world to see the system. She reviewed variety of upcoming Ridgedale programs, unique services, volunteer and Friends activities.

Resolution: David Pratt moved the following resolution in recognition of Carol Walsh's service on the Library Board; motion was seconded and passed unanimously. WHEREAS, Carol Walsh, having been appointed to the Hennepin County Library Board January 31, 1997, and reappointed February 15, 2000, has contributed significantly to the goals and objectives of the Hennepin County Library System; and
WHEREAS, Ms. Walsh has been a faithful and effective Board member who among her many contributions has held the offices of Vice President in 1999, and President in 2000 and 2001; and
WHEREAS, Carol Walsh was a dedicated library advocate in her attendance and participation at American Library Association and Minnesota Library Association conferences, through her involvement in library legislative activities, and as a sponsor and supporter of the Library Foundation Pen Pals Author Lecture series; and
WHEREAS, Carol Walsh has now become a library volunteer in the Job and Career Information Center and is an active member of the St. Louis Park Friends of the Library; now therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hennepin County Library Board by this resolution extends to Carol Walsh its commendation and the gratitude of the people of Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made to approve the minutes of the January 22, 1003, meeting was made by G. Haas, seconded by C. Steinke; motion passed.


Policy Committee: Cynthia Steinke reported that the Friend Policy will be reviewed at the March meeting; there were no staff recommendations for change.


2003 Budget: C. Brown will be participating in a March 13 Retreat with the County Board to discuss budget. Library will be most affected by HACA reductions from the state.

Legislative Day Activities: Cynthia Steinke found the day very useful, she was tutored by Trudy Hanus and Margaret Gillespie. Gerda Haas went with Jack Cole, a library advocate with exceptional talents. Carol Walsh reported that it was a very productive day, she met with 5 legislators--2 for Charles Brown, 1 from St. Paul, and 2 that were her own in St. Louis Park. During the Debriefing some felt that due to the number of new legislators, MLA should consider doing a library introductory program for the legislators. She also heard some legislators suggest the merging of HCL and MPL.

Library Board 2003 Conference Attendance: David Pratt had hoped to curtail Library Board Conference and Travel due to the budget reductions, but Board members feel it is important that HCL participate and be represented at least by one representative.
Plans for 2003: Gerda Haas--National Library Legislative Day in May; Cynthia Steinke--ALA Annual Conference in June.


March 11 Trustee/Friends Workshop: David Pratt reviewed the agenda for this program, and he plans to attend ($15 registration fee).

Ridgedale Art Project: David Pratt asked Sandy Louis to present the Ridgedale art proposal. D. Pratt moved approval of the proposal, C. Steinke seconded; motion passed.

"Arming America" Discussion: D. Pratt asked E. Feinberg for a staff report on this book title (she has prepared an outline for review by the Library Board). The patron had been invited to attend the Library Board meeting, but was not available. C. Steinke moved that the Library Board support retention of this title (as staff had recommended); G. Haas seconded the motion; motion passed unanimously.

Library Legislative Forum: C. Brown announced that the MLA Legislative Forum is scheduled for June 5 & 6 at St. John's University. This is the time when legislative issues/platform is developed for the next year's session. More information will follow when available.

Charles Brown had nothing to report at this time.

P.Izek: David Pratt congratulated her on her re-appointment to the Library Board. She attended the Tuesday evening Spanish-English conversation group at Ridgedale, run by staff member Steve Valencic, and she was so impressed with the program.
D.Pratt: Reported on the staff diversity training session on Feb. 27 and reminded all that Library Board is invited to attend any of the sessions.

There were no gifts for approval.

Motion to adjourn was made by P.Izek and seconded by G.Haas; meeting was adjourned.


Dawn Harris, Secretary