MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF JULY 24, 2002


The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at the Brooklyn Park Community Library.

Present: Gerda Haas, Dawn Harris, Patricia Izek, David Pratt, Cynthia Steinke, Carol Walsh.
Library Staff Attending: C.Brown, D.Cramer, C.DeGraff, J.Leick, J.Morgan, N.Perron, M.Gillespie, L.Larsen, D.Lane, M.Bell, J.Frankena, C.Ahrens, & B.Berg.
Guests: Richard Johnson (County Administration), Dawn Currier (OBF), Peggy Watson (Library Foundation Board), Sally Lederer and John Sugimura (two new Community Relations staff members), and 2 St. Catherine's library students.

Call to Order/Welcome/Public Comment
The meeting was called to order by President David Pratt with a welcome to guests and staff. Nancy Perron introduced the new library communications manager Sally Lederer and John Sugimura, new program coordinator.

Public Comment: Laurie Larsen (Sd) announced to the Board that Maria Menendez de Moschel (Sd) has been selected as recipient of the 2002 Sandy Berman Social Responsibility Award.

Library Greetings: JoAnn Frankena reported on the very popular Brooklyn Park Library and many library activities: teen intern program, patron reserve self-pickup, increased computer use (especially since Brookdale closing). Staff works closely with a variety of community groups. Since Brookdale closed, Brooklyn Park circulation has increased 42%, information contacts have increased 35%; and, interestingly, 75% of circulation is to Brooklyn Park residents. One of the largest changes is in the ethnicity of the population since 1990.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
A motion to approve the minutes of the June 26, 2002, meeting was made by G. Haas, seconded by C. Walsh; motion passed.

PROGRAM: Internet Survival Kits were distributed and reviewed by David Lane.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Policy Committee: Nothing to report at this time. David Pratt inquired about the Meeting Room Policy--he heard from a friend about the lack of library parking, and he personally had a problem finding parking at Ridgedale recently, all due to the Hopkins School District using the meeting room for 2 full-day workshops. C. Brown reported that this was a new collaboration with the school district, one of the library's partners in several programs, but he agreed to follow up with Sandy Louis on possible options for future meeting room bookings.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Library Board/Foundation Board Breakfast: Date is set for Oct. 15, 2002, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Lutheran Brotherhood. C. DeGraff and Peggy Watson were present to represent the Foundation. All Commissioner's offices have been notified of the date and time. Attendees will include the 27 Foundation Board members, 7 Library Board, Charles Brown, Foundation Executive Director, Richard Johnson, Sandy Vargas, Cindy Ahrens & Jane McGovern. Program is scheduled for 8-9:00 a.m.; David Pratt to welcome; Jeff Scherer for closing remarks.
Dawn Harris & Cynthia Steinke volunteered to work with the Foundation committee on breakfast plans/agenda.

Economic Impact by Libraries Studies: Julia Morgan gave a verbal summary; ULC Summary had been sent to Library Board previously; St. Louis Public Library has done a survey and determined that the library relates to quality of life issue.
Julia Morgan will send Library Board the referenced websites--St. Louis Public Library and Miami Dade.
Cynthia Steinke asked for simple information/points on economic impact without staff spending a great deal of time researching.
Separate issue: population increase compared to circulation.

2002 Budget Update: D. Cramer reviewed the 2nd quarter Revenue & Expenditures Report.

Commissioner Candidate Meetings: Will not schedule one-on-one meetings (including Foundation Board member) until after the primary election. David Pratt will attend the Aug. 7 Foundation Executive Board meeting to coordinate efforts.

NEW BUSINESS

Hopkins Art Project: Gerda Haas presented her report and moved approval of the selected art; Particia Izek seconded and motion was passed.

Maple Grove Library Expansion/Operational Impact: John Gibbs was not available to attend the meeting for this discussion. Some background information had been supplied to the Library Board. C. Brown responded to some Board questions. This will be part of the Library budget discussions with County Administration.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
In addition to his written report, Charles Brown briefly reviewed construction status for Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, and Hopkins. Capital Budget Task Force presentation went well.
Copies of the National Building Standards will be included in Sept. Board packets.

MEMBER REPORTS
D. Pratt: Reported on his activities.
P. Izek: Attended the Library Foundation Board meeting.
C. Walsh: Attended ALA/Atlanta and she shared trustee conference information.

OTHER
Due to the limited number of gifts for July, gifts will be approved at the September 18, 2002 meeting.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion to adjourn made by P. Izek, seconded by D. Harris; meeting was adjourned.

 

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Dawn Harris, Secretary

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