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Library Board Program Policy Committee
August 12, 2010

Meeting Summary
Library Board Members
Therese VanBlarcom, President
Claudia Kelly, Vice President
John Pacheco, Secretary
Brandi Brown
Caitlin Cahill
John Gibbs
Holly Guncheon
Sandy Johnson
Jill Joseph
Kathleen Lamb
Gary Thaden

Library Director
Lois Langer Thompson

 

Attendees: Library Board Committee Members: Committee Chair Claudia Kelly, Sandy Johnson; Library Board Member Caitlin Cahill Staff Judith Friedrich, Kelli Koob, Michael McConnell, Marcelyn Sletten, Wendy Woodfill, and Marilyn Zastrow

Welcome and Approvals
Ms. Kelly opened the meeting for discussion at 3:10 p.m. and welcomed attendees. This meeting is for discussion purposes only. No formal Library Board Committee action will be taken.

Documents distributed for discussion
Ms Friedrich distributed a Hennepin County Library Collection Overview document and Collections: Minneapolis Central Library and Hennepin County Library document.

Topic for discussion: Hennepin County Library Collection - facilitated discussion and brainstorming workshop

How does the library's collection advance the library's mission to "nourish minds, transform lives, and build community together"-now and into the future?

A total of 6 people participated. Working together for 1 ½ hours, the group developed the following response:

The collection supports the library's mission because it:
  • Encourages well-being and life/work balance
  • Supports life long learning through access to resources
  • Expands our horizons through new experiences
  • Cultivates community through diverse viewpoints
  • Prepares citizens for the future
  • Provides an archive and cornerstone of our culture and heritage.

Each bullet point above was derived from the individual ideas created by each participant and clustered together by the group.

Encourages well-being and life/work balance
  • Escape reality
  • Leisure, pleasure, stress release (music, magazines, fiction)
  • Materials to feed the soul and grow the mind
  • Safety
  • Spur creativity

Supports life long learning through access to resources
  • Preparation (New Americans, Testing, Citizenship)
  • Early literacy; foundation for school success leads to job success
  • Access to resources beyond ones means
  • Language learning
  • Non judgmental place to ask questions
  • Sensitive topics (sexuality, medical); others with same experience
  • Business-jobs, careers
  • Become literate (technology and traditional)

Expands our horizons through new experiences
  • Life long exploration
  • Cultural expansion
  • Satisfy curiosity
  • Expand horizons
  • Exposure to new ideas
  • Life long learning

Cultivates community through diverse viewpoints
  • Provide commonality
  • Support democracy
  • Material with multiple viewpoints-Democracy
  • Learn about others
  • Diverse and welcoming

Prepares citizens for the future
  • Emerging trends
  • Technology information and assistance
  • Survival workshops

Provides an archive and cornerstone of our culture and heritage
  • History-Foundation for future

Adjourn
The committee meeting discussion concluded at 5:00 p.m.