Hennepin County Library Board - Strategic Plan Task Force
Oct. 22, 2003 Meeting Minutes

Present: John Gibbs, Cynthia Steinke, Dawn Harris, Charles Brown, Janet Leick, Julia Morgan, Cindy Ahrens.

John Gibbs called the meeting to order.
  1. Review of Background Materials:
    Surveys - 1998 & 2001 -- Julia Morgan reviewed the summaries and results.
    Summary of Roles & Services -- Janet Leick distributed material.
    Discussion of research vs. reference vs. popular library collection.
    Discussion of library service trends, impact of changing technology.
    What is future "need" of library, why use the library, types of use.
    Discussion of future survey options, focus groups, etc.
    Strategic Information Services Design Team was mentioned; Lois Langer is leading this ongoing team.

  2. Charge of Task Force:
    To identify what the library outcomes or mission differs from current mission? Do we need to change? Can we identify imperatives for change? Impact of budget limitations on change. Does economic environment make change imperative? Also, further assessment of patrons' demands/needs/interests. Look at needs of youth, 12-18 year olds.

    Suggested Charge: Assess changing needs and demands, particular attention to 12-18, 18-30-year-olds, and technology imperatives. Determine whether economic climate and technology are imperatives for change. Can we identify those imperatives for change and structure consideration of specific changes?

  3. Outcomes: Report/Recommendations to Library Board and County Board.

  4. Timeline: 4-6 months for the report.

  5. Assignments:
    Look at suggestions/ideas for assessment process.
    Look at budget possibilities.

  6. Next Meeting: Friday, November 21, 2003, 3:00 p.m. at Ridgedale Library.