The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at the Ridgedale Resource Library.

Present: John Gibbs, Gerda Haas, Dawn Harris, Patricia Izek, David Pratt, and Cynthia Steinke.
Library Staff Attending: C.Brown, D.Cramer, K.Kimerer, J.Morgan, N.Perron, E.Feinberg, L.Taylor, M.McConnell, C.Fischer, T.Hanus, C.Ahrens, & B.Berg.
Guests: Yolanda McCrary.

The meeting was called to order by President David Pratt with a welcome to all. There was no public comment.

Loren Taylor, Acting Ridgedale Librarian, welcomed the Board to Ridgedale again.

A motion was made to approve the minutes of the October 22, 2003 meeting by G.Haas, seconded by P.Izek; motion passed.

Library Foundation update was presented by Karla Kimerer, Executive Director. Highlighting the 3rd newsletter (copies were distributed to those who had not received), newsletter is also available on the Foundation website . She distributed Year-End Projects for Foundation revenues and giving. Currently, the Foundation has about 25 board members and a newly-elected President, David Graddick.

Policy Committee: Collection Management Policy was reviewed by E.Feinberg. Motion to approve the revised policy was made by C.Steinke, seconded by D.Harris; motion passed.

Strategic Plan Task Force: J. Gibbs noted that the minutes from the past three Task Force meetings had been included in Board mail packets. Plans are to make a formal report at the April 2004 Library Board meeting. Three areas of focus: vision, cost to maintain operations, relationship with Foundation.


2004 Budget: C.Brown had sent e-mail about the additional funding from the County Board (not final until vote on Dec. 16); 9 libraries will not have reduced hours in 2004 due to this funding.

CIPA Briefing to County Board: C.Brown reported on the Briefing. The County Board was fully supportive of the current Library Board Internet Use Policy; however, if financial situation should change drastically, the County Board would expect to review this issue.

2004 Meeting Schedule: The May 26 date was changed to May 19 due to a Jewish holiday. Motion to approve the schedule was made by G.Haas, seconded by P.Izek. motion passed.

2004 Library Board Travel Plans: The only definite travel plan for 2004 is for Gerda Haas to participate in the National Library Legislative Day in Washington DC. Other Board members may consider ALA Annual in Orlando in June, and MLA in Duluth in the fall.

Brookdale Art: Dawn Harris called on Michael McConnell to review the proposed art for the Brookdale atrium. Motion to approve the art was made by D.Harris, seconded by C.Steinke, motion passed.

Wayzata Art Gift: Because the Berneking art donation to the Wayzata Library (the glass relief piece in children's area) initially was not formally accepted or acknowledged, a resolution for Library Board action was prepared.

WHEREAS, William and Nancy Berneking contributed the art-relief piece entitled Go to Your Room created by Dick Brewer and Al Wadzinski to the Wayzata Community Library

WHEREAS, this piece contributes to the enjoyment of the Wayzata Community Library's children's area and adds to the aesthetic pleasure visitors find in the library; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Hennepin County Library Board accepts this gift with appreciation and gratitude to the Bernekings for their contribution to the Hennepin County Library

Motion to approve the resolution was made by P.Izek, seconded by J.Gibbs, motion passed.

Construction update: Oxboro renovation is under way. Eden Prairie work is progressing. Brookdale is on schedule. Charles reported on his recent trip to China and tour of 4 libraries there.

David Pratt: Architecture Minnesota, Nov/Dec issue includes articles on the new Wayzata Library and renovated Hopkins Library. David inquired about the cordless microphones approved at the Oct. meeting -- Bill Berg reported that they were on order and he hoped to have them for the January meeting.
Cynthia Steinke: Participated in Library Board Task Force meetings.
Gerda Haas; Dawn Harris, David Pratt, and Cynthia Steinke attended the CIPA briefing.

Gifts to the Library: No gift memo; action delayed until the January 2004 meeting.

Meeting Room Policy: Question was raised about the Meeting Room Policy as relates to use of the rooms and parking lot problems. The policy is scheduled for review in 2004.

Motion to adjourn was made by P.Izek, seconded by C.Steinke; meeting adjourned.


Dawn Harris, Secretary