MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF MAY 25, 2005


The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at the Brooklyn Park Community Library.

Present: John Gibbs, Holly Guncheon, Patricia Izek, Jeff Lunde, David Pratt, and Cynthia Steinke
Library Staff Attending: Amy Ryan, Sharon Charles, Mary Anderson, Janet Leick, Lois Lenroot-Ernt, Sherry Anderson, and Bill Berg.

CALL TO ORDER/WELCOME
Cynthia Steinke, President called the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting of May 25, 2005 to order at 4:53 p.m. with a welcome to all. There were no public comments.
• Sherry Anderson, Senior Librarian at Brooklyn Park
Highlighting the following events at Brooklyn Park Library:
- New Immigrants
- Issuing approximately 150-250 new library cards a month
- Areas of focus are: Youth Services and Technology
- In 5th year collaborations with Park Center High School - Providing minority students with various opportunities to achieve job experience and learn more about the library
- Conversation Circles for immigrants
- Friends of Library commissioned art and artwork was dedicated last summer
- Many days all the computers are filled
- Noticing a greater demand for small meeting spaces by patrons/community

MINUTES
• April 27, 2005
David Pratt moved approval of the minutes, seconded by Holly Guncheon and approved unanimously - 4 YEAS 3 ABSENT (Gibbs, Izek, Miller) APPROVED

PROGRAM
• Mayor Steve Lampi of Brooklyn Park
- Mayor Lampi discussed the rapidly changing demographics within Brooklyn Park, with growth in immigrants and minority population
- Development opportunities are rising with increases in residential and commercial properties
- Brookdale Library is very nice, but it's questionable if it provides the appropriate service to that community
- Challenge in northern suburbs because public transit system is not very strong - Not always possible for patrons who depend on public transportation to get to Brookdale Library
- Current site of Brooklyn Park Library may be land-locked making it impossible to expand on current site

LIBRARY BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Jeffrey Lunde
• Jeff reiterated Major Lampi's discussion re Brooklyn Park
David Pratt
• Discussed Library Foundation Pen Pals
Holly Guncheon
• Attended Library Foundation Brainstorming meeting
• Visited the Long Lake Library - Great place; Pleasant surprise
Patricia Izek
• Attended the Star Wars event at the Ridgedale Library

OLD BUSINESS
• Meeting Room Policy - Janet Leick
Janet discussed the changes in the Meeting Room Policy. Holly Guncheon moved approval the revised policy, second by Patricia Izek and approved unanimously - 5 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Miller) APPROVED
• Proposed Library Tours - Yolanda McCrary
The Board Members gave approval for the proposed HC Library Tours. It was suggested to add Maple Grove Library to the June 29th tour date. Final schedule will be distributed to Board Members.

NEW BUSINESS
• 2006 Capital Requests - Janet Leick
• 2006 Operating Budget - Janet Leick
Discussed county-wide directive for the 2006 Operating Budget
• Community Conversations @ Plymouth Library - Janet Leick
Invited Board Members to attend one of the Community Conversations at Plymouth Library on - Thursday, June 9th @ 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. or Saturday, June 11th @ 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
• 10-Year Capital Plan - Lois Lenroot-Ernt
Lois discussed the direction

DIRECTOR'S REPORT - Amy E. Ryan
• Amy introduced the Administrative Council
• Activity surrounding the development of a 10-Year Capital Plan and how the Strategic Plan is the driver for the Capital Plan
• Made a request to the Board that the June 22nd meeting currently scheduled to be at the Rogers Library be held at Ridgedale Library and extended an additional hour to begin discussion on Strategic Plan - Box lunches will be provided
• Closing Libraries - Sharon Charles
Sharon informed Library Board of pending closure of libraries to install new Horizon System. She also discussed the RBA that is to go before the County Commissioner Committee Meeting on June 7th asking their approval to move forward with closing the libraries. Elaine Dunn will communicate closure through various mediums: 1) Events and Issues publication, 2) Websites, 3) Suggestion from Library Board, add notice to book check-out receipts

OTHER
• Gifts - Amy E. Ryan
Amy discussed the process in which gifts are to be received by the Library Board and the need to get a better control over the decision of artwork within the libraries.

Patricia Izek moved to accept gifts, seconded by Holly Guncheon and approved unanimously - 7 YEAS APPROVED

GRAND TOTALS:
$ 118.03 Excelsior
$ 9,950.00 Hopkins
$ 1,450.00 Penn Lake
$ 34.00 Plymouth
$ 375.28 Westonka

 
$11,927.31 TOTAL GIFTS


Being no further business Library Board Meeting for May 25, 2005, meeting was declared adjourned at 6:23 p.m.

 

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Peter M. Miller, Secretary