MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF MARCH 23, 2005


The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at the Plymouth Community Library.

Present: John Gibbs, Holly Guncheon, Patricia Izek, and Cynthia Steinke
Library Staff Attending: Amy Ryan, Janet Leick, Nancy Perron, Cathy Fischer, Gretchen Wronka, Lynn Stetler, Jan DeSirey, Solveig Nilsen, Linnea Christensen, Lois Lenroot-Ernt, Jane Johnson, students representing Teens Online Advisory Board, Nancy Jia, and Daisy Jing were also in attendance, Bill Berg, and other HCL Staff.

CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Cynthia Steinke, President called the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting of March 23, 2005 to order at 4:36 p.m. with a welcome to all. There were no public comments.
  • Cathy Fischer, Principal Librarian @ Plymouth Library
    - Special welcome to Board Members who are actually Plymouth Residents
    - Plymouth Library is well used/well worn, looking forward to renovations
    - Senior Housing is being built in area
    - In 2003 Staff begin work on Roles and Services Project
    - Partnership with Adult Correction Facilities
    - Dedicated Volunteers
    - Diverse group of Teens
MINUTES
  • January 26, 2005
  • February 23, 2005
John Gibbs moved approval of both sets of minutes, seconded by Patricia Izek and approved unanimously - 4 YEAS 3 ABSENT (Lunde, Miller, Pratt) APPROVED

LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Holly Guncheon:
  • Visit and tour of Eden Prairie Library with Cynthia Steinke and Gerda Haas
  • Recent trip to Manhattan, visited New York Public Library
Patricia Izek:
  • Recent trip to Chicago and observed their libraries moving in the direction of Minnesota libraries
  • Attended Native American Dancer's Event at Ridgedale
  • Continued work with the Ridgedale Art Project - meetings scheduled for 2-weekends in April
John Gibbs
  • Recent visit to Philadelphia notice a reduction in library hours due to reduced budget
Cynthia Steinke
  • Tour of Eden Prairie Library with Holly Guncheon and Gerda Haas
  • Reminder of Annual Meeting in April-John Gibbs is Chair of Nominating Committee
PROGRAM
Dignity and Respect Initiative Team - L. Stetler/J. DeSirey/S. Nilsen
  • Gave overview of the newly developed Dignity and Respect Initiative Team
Presentation of Childcare Provider Workshop - Linnea Christenson, YS Librarian
  • Presented a PowerPoint Presentation of two workshops developed by Early Literacy Implementation Team to be held in April
OLD BUSINESS
  • Janet Leick
    - Update on the Long Lake Library pending Lease Agreement
    - Excelsior Library - In discussion with City of Excelsior re possible renovation/expansion or building of a new structure which would accommodate the Fire Department/City Hall and the Library of the Excelsior Library
    - Capital Plan - Comprehensive look at all 26-Buildings and put together a methodology for changes or enhancements to buildings
NEW BUSINESS
  • Jane Johnson, Library Foundation
    - Gave overview of dedication at Brookdale Library for Annette Toft Langdon, Faith Community Nursing Collection
    - Best Buy Proposal - HCL Foundation was invited to apply for a Best Buy Grant: Kids Technology Fund - Submitted Grant Request for $96,000 - Will know outcome of request in Mid-May 2005
    - Foundation Overview - Members of the Foundation would like a closer connection with the Library Board; Possible joint meeting of the two groups; Both groups have a shared vision of HCL - 3-Half days for tours, weekend preferred; Begin tours in May 2005
DIRECTOR'S REPORT - AMY RYAN
  • Strategic Plan
  • State of the County Address on April 1, 2005
  • ALA National Advocacy Award - Have the Library Board nominate the County Board of Commissioners
  • Library Board Orientation: Invite Roberta Jones, Assistant County Attorney address the Board
OTHER
  • Gifts
Patricia Izek moved to accept gifts, seconded by Holly Guncheon and approved unanimously - 4 YEAS 3 ABSENT (Lunde, Miller, Pratt) APPROVED
    GRAND TOTALS:
    $6,697.59 Augsburg Park
    $ 329.00 Golden Valley
    $ 235.70 Wayzata
    $7,262.29 TOTAL GIFTS
Being no further business, Holly Guncheon moved to adjourn Library Board Meeting for March 23, 2005, seconded by John Gibbs and approved unanimously. Meeting was declared adjourned at 6:10 p.m.

 

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Peter M. Miller, Secretary
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