Hennepin County Library Board Meeting Minutes
June 16, 2004


Cynthia Steinke, President called the meeting of Hennepin County Library Board Meeting of June 16, 2004 to order at 4:09 p.m. All members were present except Dawn Harris. Staff attending: D. Cramer, D. Currier, M. Telfer, M. McConnell, J. Morgan, N. Perron, D. Deutsch, J. Gillespie, J. Brandwein, R. Navvab, and B. Berg.

Margaret Telfer, Interim Executive Director for the Library Foundation gave update on Foundation:
  • New job description for Executive Director.
  • The new Director will report to the Foundation Board instead of the Library Director
  • Establishing a search committee for Executive Director - Would like a member from the Library Board to serve on committee
  • Board Retreat on Thursday, June 24, 2004, David Pratt will attend retreat
  • Renewing Pen Pal subscriptions
  • Raising dollars for Eden Prairie Library, and working with Eden Prairie Friends
  • Commissioner's Breakfast was well attended and successful
David Pratt moved approval of the minutes, seconded by Patricia Izek and approved unanimously - 4 YEAS 3 ABSENT (Harris, Gibbs, & Haas)   APPROVED

Policy Revisions - Julia Morgan
  • Gift Policy
Patricia Izek moved approval of the Gift Policy, seconded by Peter Miller and approved unanimously - 4 YEAS 3 ABSENT (Haas, Gibbs & Harris)   APPROVED
  • Volunteer Services Policy
Peter Miller moved approval of the Volunteer Services Policy, seconded by David Pratt and approved unanimously - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Harris)   APPROVED
  • Public Library/School Library Media Center Relationship
David Pratt moved to delete policy, seconded by Peter Miller. Patricia Izek opposed the deletion of this policy. After further discussion David Pratt withdrew motion to delete policy, seconded by Peter Miller and approved. John Gibbs moved approval of Public Library/School Library Media Center Relationship Policy, seconded by Peter Miller and approved unanimously - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Harris)   APPROVED
  • Data Privacy of Library Records
Patricia Izek moved approval of the Data Privacy of Library Records, seconded by Gerda Haas and approved unanimously - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Harris)   APPROVED

New Business
  • Ridgedale Library Art Committee Reformed, by request of Commissioner Koblick
Patricia Izek will serve on this committee

Director's Update - David Cramer
2005 Operating Budget
  • David recapped 2005 Operating Budget
  • Merit increases
  • Health insurance increases
  • Operating costs for Brookdale $400M, and Eden Prairie $170M for a full year
  • Increases in utilities: Natural Gas up 9%; Electric up 5%; Water up 3%
  • Possibility of reducing hours at 6 Libraries (Rockford Road, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, Edina, Champlin, and Penn Lake)
  • IT identified $50M to shave off there budget
Rogers Library
Rogers Library will be closing on July 16, 2004 for renovation to increase efficiencies within library.

Library Board Member Reports
  • Cynthia - Eden Prairie Library Grand Opening - August 12, 2004 @ 4:30 p.m. and a Community Day Opening on Saturday, August 14, 2004
  • Patricia and Gerda - Will Co-Chair the Policy Committee
  • Peter - Visited the St. Anthony Library and found it impressive and very busy
  • Patricia - Gave kudos to the Commissioner's Breakfast
  • Cynthia - Patricia has agreed to be the liaison for the Library Board for the Library Friends Groups
  • John - Staff presentations at Commissioner's Breakfast were excellent
  • David - Interviewed the 4-Library Director candidates
  • David - Janet to remain as Interim Director until new director starts in January 2005
  • Cynthia - CBTF Meeting on June 28, 2004 - Gerda will attend on behalf of the Library Board
Gifts
David Pratt moved approval to accept non-monetary gift, seconded by Patricia Izek and approved unanimously - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Harris)   APPROVED

There being no further business, the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting for June 16, 2004 was declared adjourned at 5:18 p.m.

Remarks - Michael McConnell
Michael McConnell, Coordinating Librarian for the Northeast Resource Group gave comments on the following:
  • Integration of resources for maximization for all libraries within group
  • Effective utilization of Youth Services Librarians
  • Monitoring Collection to maximize distribution
  • Impact of hour reductions
  • Public Learning and Training Program - David Lane/Penny Johnson
Brookdale
  • Unique building
  • Wiped the slate clean - New way in how service is delivered
  • Technology and technology learning - 144 access computers
  • Services to kids - Expanded Youth Services Staff
  • Fiber Optic Network, forthcoming
  • Technology Boulevard - Public Training Room/Computer Lab/Job & Career Information Center
  • Languages in Learning Neighborhood
  • Major Corridor - Main Street
      -Human Services
      -Courts
      -Service Center
      -Corrections Offices
      -Corridor ends in the Children's Area
  • "Ask a Librarian" Phone, forthcoming
  • Teen Area - Cyber CafĂ© - Modeled after a Public Teen Area in Los Angeles
  • Children's Area - Largest in Metro Area
  • Art in Rotunda - Installed, Fall 2004
Michael conducted a tour of Brookdale Resource Library.

 

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Peter Miller, Secretary
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