HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
July 23, 2008
The Hennepin County Library Board met Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at North Regional Library.
CALL TO ORDER
Vice President Therese VanBlarcom called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of July 23, 2008 to order at 5:07 p.m. and welcomed attendees.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Cynthia Steinke made a motion to approve the agenda which was seconded by Roger Hale. Motion was approved.
Children's Readmobile Associate Librarian Susan Tracy addressed the Board regarding programs identified to be eliminated in the 2009 Operating Budget Request: At Home Service and Children's Readmobile. Hennepin County resident and former supervisor of Readmobile Service Rebecca Strauchon also expressed concern regarding the Readmobile.
North Regional Senior Librarian Barb Elg provided a tour of the library prior to the meeting for some Board members. She also welcomed the Board and meeting attendees. Ms. Elg provided North Regional Library highlights including information about a McKnight Foundation grant which has enabled the library to employ a youth worker to provide training along with creative and fun opportunities to gather input from and serve youth. Youth leadership opportunities have direct connections with the community. Other collaborations have encouraged residents to learn how to write resumes, complete job applications online, enhance job readiness and interviewing skills, and some job placement. They have also been involved in the county initiative that addresses foreclosures.
Therese VanBlarcom introduced Kari Dziedzic from Commissioner Mark Stenglein's office.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Jill Joseph made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 25, 2008 Library Board meeting which was seconded by Cynthia Steinke. Motion was approved.
ACCEPTANCE OF DONATIONS
Roger Hale made a motion to accept the donations, seconded by Jill Joseph and the motion passed. Therese VanBlarcom thanked the Minneapolis Friends group for the contribution of a quarter million dollars and commitment to support Hennepin County Library services and programs.
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Minneapolis Central Library Parking Ramp: Hennepin County Administrator Richard P. Johnson
Mr. Johnson provided background information on the financial viability of the parking ramp at Minneapolis Central Library. He also provided information about the agreement with Imperial Parking. Alternatives have been identified to shift and reduce costs and these will continue to be explored. Board discussion on the financial arrangements followed.
BUSINESS PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED
2009 Operating Budget Request Proposal: Amy Ryan
An orientation session for Library Board officers and past-President is scheduled Aug. 11, 11-12:30 p.m. at Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room. Suggestions from other Board members may be communicated to the officers before the meeting.
There being no further business, Roger Hale made a motion to adjourn the Library Board meeting of July 23, 2008 at 6:48 p.m. which was seconded by Jill Joseph. The motion passed. The next meeting is scheduled Aug. 27, 2008 at Eden Prairie Library, 565 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie.