The meeting was called to
order by President David Pratt with a welcome to all.There was no public comment.
Cathy Fischer, Plymouth
Principal Librarian, reported that the Plymouth Library was opened 8 years ago
today, and remarked on the development of the area around library, known as PlymouthCityCenter.Development includes retail shops, Lunds, large community center, 5 banks, theater, medical
offices, plus new senior apartment complex just opened nearby.Using the Library Strategic Directions/Critical
Success Factors, Ms. Fischer reported on Plymouth progress.1) Customer-driven service: Technology
training, web training and 3-library; just began Roles & Services process;
staff have defined excellent customer service.2) Lifelong Learning: meeting room becomes a literacy center when not in
use, 31 workstations w/Internet access.3) Diversity: large global village reflecting population of Plymouth; 14
teen volunteers for summer program; hosting Libros 'y Mas program with
community on 9/20/03.4) Relationships
& Resources: Lots of volunteers that help library run smoothly; very active
Friends group; mural in children's area; and review of other community
information and tour was provided for Board members.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made to approve
the minutes of the July 23, 2003 meeting by G.Haas, seconded by D.Harris;
No Policy Committee report.
Collection Update:Gail Mueller-Schultz presented background on
the Faxon contract; Faxon filed bankruptcy in December 2002; some publishers
"graced" for a period of time and some of the subscriptions are
available online; gaps in periodical runs will not be filled, but will be available
through interlibrary loan.County has
filed a claim for damages; taking direction from CountyPurchasing and CountyAttorney's Office.Working on a new periodicals contract, vendor may be EBSCO.
2004 Budget:C.Brown reported that last week the CountyBoard approved a lower tax levy limit than that recommended
by the CountyAdministrator--this will definitely impact the library.October 13, , is scheduled for the Library budget presentation
before the CountyBoard; Library Board members planning to attend: J.Gibbs, G.Haas, D.Pratt, and P.Miller.
CountyBoard Briefing on
CIPA:Scheduled for November 13, ,
at the GovernmentCenter.C.Brown will lay
out all the information available on Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
and the financial impact of not filtering.LSTA and e-rate funding -- filtering should be linked to funding streams
and amounts.A more formal presentation
will be made to the Library Board at the Oct. 22 meeting.
Construction update:Nothing to report on Eden Prairie and Maple Grove.Commissioner Opat
toured the Brookdale site and would like a May 2004 opening.Southdale renovations are
on track and is re-opening on Monday, Sept. 22.
David Pratt:In August, David & John
Gibbs met with Commissioner Mike Opat.David has asked John to set up a Task Force
with Cynthia and Dawn to look at long range plans and building proposals [see
the July 23, 2003 minutes].Proposed that the December
meeting include a light supper to be paid by Board members, with dinner at , meeting at at Ridgedale.
Patricia Izek:Will be at PlymouthCityCenter this weekend to assist with
the Libros 'y Mas program; she plans to ride with the Readmobile to Richfield area sites.
Cynthia Steinke: She and Gerda toured the Brookdale Library
site with M. McConnell.
Gerda Haas: Visited the Readmobile; Brookdale Library tour;
represented the Board at three staff retirements.
Dawn Harris:Brookdale Art Committee meeting
was held on Oct. 17; she will probably have art for review and approval at the
December 3 Library Board meeting.
Peter Miller: Looked at the Eden Prairie building site and was
concerned about the condition to the building as it sits exposed to the
elements.Charles Brown responded to his
John Gibbs:Also concerned about the Eden Prairie site and the reflection of
the library on the community.
Gifts to the Library:
of the Brooklyn Park Library for balloons and helium, children's programs, and
copies of THE PACT by Wally Roer to EP Library,
from local Barnes & Noble
506.35Eden Prairie MOMS Club donated seven
puzzles, three magnetic numbers and letters sets, children's blocks, ABC carpet
squares, and realia for pretend play.
115.00Friends of the Eden Prairie Library
for large scheffelara for front window.
700.00Friends of the Eden Prairie Library
for gift certificates for Summer 2003 Read to Win
74.32Lee Schubert donated flowers for the front
planters at Eden Prairie Library.
409.70Friends of Golden Valley Library for slatwall merchandising supplies and merchandising easels.
470.10Friends of Maple Grove Library
support of summer activities, author and writing contest, and aquarium maintenance.
250.00PennLake staff member donated a painting for the Children's
750.00Friends of the Penn Lake Library
donated 4,000 Penn Lake Library address/phone/hours information magnets as
8,478.07Friends of the Plymouth Library:Mural Extension, wire baskets, winter storytimes, valentine workshop, Hot Read program prizes,
bookshelves for teen area, inspirational fiction, staff lounge supplies, Read
to Win prizes, plans for outdoor planters, Early Literacy Center supplies, summer
program supplies from MELSA, display shelves for videos, Lorna Landvik appearance, and summer program performer fee.
182.50Friends of the Plymouth Library:
summer program supplies from MELSA.
598.66Friends of Westonka Library: Barnes
& Noble Gift certificates for summer weekly drawing, puppets, Barnes &
Noble gift certificates for kite decorating contest, ALA posters, bead workshop, Mehndi
workshop, express reserves pickup signage.
Motion to adjourn was made by
P.Izek, and seconded; meeting adjourned.