HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF MAY 28, 2008
The Hennepin County Library Board met Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at Northeast Library.
CALL TO ORDER
Library Board President Patricia Izek called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of May 28, 2008 to order at 5:05 p.m. and welcomed all attendees.
Patricia Izek introduced Commissioner Mark Stenglein who greeted the Board. He is enthusiastic about the new Library Board, the renovation of Northeast Library and other capital projects. Commissioner Stenglein noted future learning opportunities as we move forward providing services to all Hennepin County residents.
Patricia Izek welcomed Representative Diane Loeffler, District 59A in northeast Minneapolis. Representative Loeffler expressed her support for libraries and is looking forward to a renovated Northeast Library.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
John Pacheco made a motion to approve the agenda which was seconded by Cynthia Steinke. Motion was approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Therese VanBlarcom made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2008 Library Board meeting which was seconded by Cynthia Steinke. Motion was approved.
2009 Operating Budget Request
Amy Ryan summarized issues that impact the 2008 Budget that included a consolidated larger workforce and the transfer of funds related to facilities and security to Hennepin County Property Services Department that are new for 2008. The schedule and process for developing the 2009 Operating Budget request was reviewed and included instructions and themes received from County Administrator Richard Johnson that are followed by all County Departments. Further in-depth discussion will occur at the June 25 and July 23, 2008 Library Board meetings. Library Board discussion followed and questions included the status of the tax bill.
The May 15, 2008 Hennepin County Board Briefing on the Planetarium was summarized. Board discussion followed recognizing this is a difficult, complex situation given the financial issues, expiration of the $22 million from the State in 2010, and the dynamic, educational experience a Planetarium could provide. Next steps include a cost update based on the business plan, which is now two years old. Another meeting is planned mid-June with the Planetarium Society, County Administration, Jane Eastwood and Amy Ryan to review the additional information. The Library Board will continue to receive updates.
BUSINESS PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED
Mission and Vision Discussion: Carolyn Bacon, Bacon and Associates
Ms. Bacon provided an update on the Mission and Vision process to date and reviewed the purpose. The Library Administrative Council, Judith Friedrich and Sheila Matthews crafted options for new Mission and Vision statements based on work that was done at the Library Board retreat. She recognized the Board and staff processes resulted in similar themes. Feedback was provided by Library Board members and Ms. Bacon will take their input and revise the existing options as we work toward completion of a new Mission and Vision for Hennepin County Library.
ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS
Cynthia Steinke made a motion to accept the donations, seconded by Therese VanBlarcom; the motion passed.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Cynthia Steinke attended the Hennepin County Board Briefing on the Planetarium and found the presentations interesting and helpful in understanding the situation.
John Pacheco recognized opportunities and challenges before Library Board members, his role, and suggested a broader committee structure for the Board which he will detail for future discussion.
David Pratt attended the volunteer recognition brunch where approximately 400 volunteers were recognized for their service. It was a great event and they felt appreciated. The event planners were recognized for their efforts.
There being no further business, Therese VanBlarcom made a motion to adjourn the Library Board meeting of May 28, 2008 at 6:50 p.m. The motion was seconded by Cynthia Steinke and the motion passed. The next meeting is scheduled for June 25, 2008 at Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN.