MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD
JUNE 28, 2006


The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at Augsburg Park Library.

Present: John Gibbs, Holly Guncheon, Patricia Izek, David Pratt, Cynthia Steinke, Therese VanBlarcom
Library Staff Attending: Amy Ryan, Janet Leick, Lois Langer Thompson, Judy Hohmann, Margaret Gillespie, Marilyn Lustig, David Cramer, Lois Lenroot-Ernt, Margie Knoedel, Judith Friedrich, and Bill Berg

CALL TO ORDER
John Gibbs, President called the Hennepin County Library Board Meeting of June 28, 2006 to order at 5:06 p.m. with a welcome to all.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Agenda was unanimously approved.

MINUTES
• May 24, 2006
John Gibbs moved approval of minutes with a minor change, seconded by Holly Guncheon and approved unanimously - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Lunde)     APPROVED

BOARD REPORTS
• Patricia Izek
- Attended the Hennepin County Cultural Diversity celebration, an exhibit that visits 16 libraries and travels around with brief biographies from around the world
- Attended the Creating Your Own Blog, where you learn to make your own blog
- Attended Giant Chess Set and received a book regarding chess and kids played chess
• David Pratt
- Attended two Library Foundation meetings, one with former board members and stakeholders where Amy presented Framework for the Future, showing them the library has a plan for the next ten years. Also joined Holly for the Living Library meeting.
• Holly Guncheon
- Suggested to join now to be a Living Library charter member with the Foundation.
- Attended the Library Foundation Strategic Planning Effort, where stakeholders, volunteers, library board, and library staff came together with opportunities and challenges for what the library could be which is an exciting process.
- Attended St. Paul Library Directors' reception for the new director and was very well attended.
- Attended Community Conversation at the Brooklyn Park Library Task Force meeting.
• Therese VanBlarcom
- Attended Volunteer Recognition Breakfast at Golden Valley Country Club
- Attended Community Conversation at the Brooklyn Park Library Task Force meeting.
• Cynthia Steinke
- Visited France and left 13 books at a library located in a castle of a small town which only had 7 books.
PROGRAM
• Augsburg Park Library - Lois Lenroot-Ernt
Lois welcomed the Library Board to Augsburg Park (AP) Library. Providing excellent customer service is a goal that Augsburg Park Library strives for. Richfield's population is projected to grow 31% by 2030 to approximately 45,000 residents; 16% are over 65 years of age, 23% under age 20, 11% are foreign born, and 14% speak a language other than English at home. Responding to a changing and growing suburban population, this year two Spanish speaking interns worked at Augsburg Park and one has been hired to work part-time beginning in July. Two are certified as interpreters, one in Spanish and the other Vietnamese.

Augsburg Park leads the library system in attendance at multicultural programs from January through May 2006. Through collaborations with the Library Foundation, Gente de Minnesota, MIRA Latino Resource Center, Church of the Assumption, Richfield Park and Rec. and Target Bloomington resulted in a wonderful celebration of the Day of the Child/Day of the Book. Other events of participation are Asian New Year, Lotus Festival, Conversation Circles and Travel Asia at Brookdale.

Leading the way in technology Augsburg Park Library sometimes reaches Internet network capacity before 11:00 a.m. Residents use the computers for job searching, crafting resumes, applying for citizenship, filing tax forms, gaming, and checking e-mail. The Best Buy Technology Grant is a good example of collaboration between a private entity, the Library Foundation, Urban 4-H, and Hennepin County Library to bridge the technology gap for early teens. The money has been used for teens to work with digital photography, laptops and digital cameras. Other sessions will focus on filming. The Urban 4-H coordinator talks to kids and teens to select students to participate. They are having a wonderful time and getting lots of attention.

Valuing partnerships, Augsburg Park Library's other examples of collaborations that help reach the community and positively impact the library's mission include: Richfield schools, both private and public, Youth at Risk, Shoulder to Shoulder book discussion group for Latino parents of teens, Libraries Plus You, Urban Library Program mentor, and Target Teen Arts Grant.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT - Amy E. Ryan
• New Central Minneapolis Public Library Tour
Amy reviewed the tour of the New Central Minneapolis Public Library which is scheduled for July 21st at 9:00 a.m. This will be a tour only and not a meeting. The Library Foundation Board, County Commissioners and President of Friends are invited to attend.
• Update: Hennepin County Library Technology Task Force
The resolution called for a July 1, 2006 presentation from the task force to the County Commissioners. Commissioner Opat has approved an August 1, 2006 deadline for a presentation at a Hennepin County Board Committee meeting. Everyone is invited to attend. The Task Force has received input from a community conversation meeting and 5 focus groups to further ideas for libraries such as high technology vision and interactive children learning center space. The building program will also accommodate the Framework for the Future Principles. A draft presentation is being developed. After receiving the Commissioners' comments the next step is to develop a scope and budget and site selection process. Target has set aside land on their site for a new library location in Brooklyn Park. John Gibbs suggested visiting "The Works" in Edina Community Center which is an interactive science place for children.
• Plymouth Library Update
Amy summarized the County Commissioners Committee meeting. The County and HCL staff teamed up to do a feasibility study of adding on to the existing library or starting over and building new. The conclusion HCL drew from the information is it would be better for public services and operational efficiency to start over. The County Commissioners at the committee meeting yesterday did approve the start over option.

OLD BUSINESS
• LB6 Freedom to Read Policy - Lois Langer Thompson
Lois Langer Thompson asked the Board to approve LB6 for another three years, the Freedom to Read policy with changes made by the American Library Association. John Gibbs motioned for approval; Patricia Izek moved approval, seconded by Cynthia Steinke. - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Lunde)     APPROVED
• Capital Planning Discussion Document - Janet Leick
Janet discussed the long range Capital Planning Discussion document and HCL is approaching the time where we will receive input from the Library Board, the County Commissioners and library staff. The date set for meeting with the County Commissioners is July 20, 2006, 9:30 a.m. The Library Board discussion with this document is to possibly move the board meeting to July 12th in place of the regular July 26th meeting. In August Amy will be meeting with staff and revise the plan accordingly to end with the final document in the fall. John Gibbs motioned for approval to move the regular meeting date of July 26th to July 12th at Ridgedale Library in the RHR Room to discuss this document, seconded by Holly Guncheon and unanimously approved - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Lunde)     APPROVED
• 2007 Operating Budget - Janet Leick
Amy Ryan and the Division Managers will present the 2007 Operating Budget to County Administration and the County Budget Office on July 24, 2006. Instructions for the 2007 budget were HCL could request 102% of the property tax, which is a 2% increase. The increase amounts to $759,000. The necessary additional expenditures are salaries, health care costs, building maintenance costs and increased energy costs which amounts to $1,777,000, with a revenue shortfall of $1,018,000. Identified reductions impact library services, Outreach, and online customer service. A prioritized add-back list includes $1,000,000 increase in collection, retain all library service cuts, and increase public access computers amount to a total increase of $2,066,000.

ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS
David Pratt moved to accept gifts, and approved unanimously by the Board - 6 YEAS 1 ABSENT (Lunde)     APPROVED

$ 981.85 - Plymouth
$ 464.91 - Westonka
$1,446.76 - TOTAL GIFTS

There being no further business, the Library Board Meeting for June 28, 2006 was declared adjourned at 6:30 p.m. Next meeting is scheduled Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 5:15 p.m., Ridgedale Library, RHR Room, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka.

 

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Holly Guncheon, Secretary