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.

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
  • 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

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
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gifts
Patricia Izek moved to accept gifts, seconded by Holly Guncheon and approved unanimously - 4 YEAS 3 ABSENT (Lunde, Miller, Pratt) APPROVED
    $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.


Peter M. Miller, Secretary