OF FEBRUARY 23, 2000

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at the Ridgedale Area Library

PRESENT: Carol Walsh, President
Jack Cole
John Gibbs
Patricia Izek
Marilyn Jackson
Bob Zaragoza
LIBRARY STAFF ATTENDING: C.Brown, S.Charles, S.Louis, N.Perron, C. DeGraff, M. Gillespie, P.Chisenhall, J.Friedrich, W.Woodfill, N.Walstrom, J.Heit, M.Lustig, M.Bell, E.Feinberg, D.Lane, G.Peterson, C.Ahrens, & B. Berg.
GUESTS: D. Peterson, D. Smith, R. Johnson (Deputy Co. Administrator)

President Walsh called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.

The minutes of the Jan. 26, 2000, meeting had been mailed to Library Board members. Motion to approve the minutes was made by J. Cole; seconded by B. Zaragoza; motion passed.

Policy Committee: C. Walsh reviewed the meeting agenda and highlighted the 6:00 p.m. Internet Public Use Policy annual review. Staff member Maureen Bell will present staff recommendation on the policy; public comment will be taken (3 min. each); followed by open discussion.

Building Updates: C. Brown updated on various library projects at Long Lake relocation, Wayzata building, Ridgedale coffee shop construction has started, Southdale--Service Center has moved temporarily into the library, St. Louis Park renovation, Hopkins renovation, Brookdale (library and entire complex), and Golden Valley project is completed. County staff, including Richard Johnson, Deputy County Administrator, and library staff visited Johnson County, Kansas, to visit the central library and administrative space, a renovated retail space.

2000 Budget Update: C. Brown reported that D. Cramer will provide the Library Board with a 1999 wrap up and 2000 status at the 3/8/00 Ways & Means Committee meeting.

Library Board Welcome & Introduction: C. Walsh welcomed and introduced new Library Board member Patricia Izek from Plymouth.

Queens Borough Library Site Visit Presentation by Wendy Woodfill, Marilyn Lustig, Julaine Heit, Chris DeGraff, and Nancy Walstrom. At May or June meeting, Library Board would like to follow up with a status report on the Queens recommendations.

C. Brown reported on a recent meeting with Evan Mauer, Minneapolis Institute of Art, to discuss possibility of exhibiting museum artwork in libraries. Meeting with Commissioner Tambornino was a review of plans for the Hopkins Library. N. Perron is handling any follow-up on the recent Internet access articles in the newspapers. HCL does provide the option of a filtered search engine for those who request filtering.

J. Cole: 1) Foundation Board report: a) working to establish a speakers bureau, Foundation Board members would be glad to team with Library Board and staff to make presentations to groups, b) Foundation Board is still interested in meeting with the Library Board in a social setting. 2) Attended the Golden Valley re-opening; GV has commissioned an art piece. 3) Attended Library Legislative Day where Talking Points were available on a variety of issues. 4) Attended the centennial celebration of Library Development Services/Children, Families & Learning Department, following Legislative Day activities. 5) Report on items/articles from LIBRARY JOURNAL.

M. Jackson: ULC report: 1) Libraries as urban assets workshop is now scheduled for fall in Chicago; 2) planning retreat for early in June to review documents.

Grants: No grants to report.

Gift Acceptance: Motion to accept the gifts was made by M. Jackson; seconded by P. Izek; motion passed.

$274.00 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for the purchase of 25 circulating puppets from Folkmanis.
602.70   Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for the purchase of Juvenile paperback books.
208.05   Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for bookmarks, Halloween treats, feltboard, and storyteller kits.
1448.55 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for the purchase of new juvenile paperback books.
165.00   Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for aquarium maintenance, January - March.
801.32   Friends of the Osseo Library to the Osseo Library for paperbacks, summer program materials, drink dispenser, CD baskets, program treats, HC Parks programs, pencils, posters & bookmarks, and puppets.
160.00   Friends of the Oxboro Library to the Oxboro Library for Fall 1999 Travel Series at Ox
100.00   Friends of the Oxboro Library to the Oxboro Library for Holiday Open House with presenter Son del Sur.
81.13     Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for seed for bird feeder and recycling bins.

The Library Board meeting was recessed for 5 minutes before beginning the Internet Policy presentation.

Staff presentation by Maureen Bell. A staff committee has reviewed and discussed the policy and recommends there is no need to make any changes to the policy at this time.

HCL does offer access to filtered search engines; offer Kid Links search engines in three libraries with a plan to roll out to more libraries; and offers "guided access" throughout the library. Filtering does not offer 100% protection; staff monitors filtering software regularly.

1) Develop a staff training program and develop materials for staff to use.
2) Install at least one Kid Links workstation in each library.
3) Continue to invest in training for communities and users on the Internet.

Public Comment:
1) Desyl Peterson: Maple Plain resident, supports the library's current policy of not censoring materials, including the Internet. Library Board and staff should not be placed in the position to censor materials.
2) Debbie Smith: Robbinsdale resident, relayed an incident at the Rockford Road library last fall with a screen facing the Information Desk. She had asked about the Internet policy and received misleading information from staff.

Library Board Discussion:
Believe that staff training may address Ms. Smith's concerns. Need to look at issue of location of monitors in each library.

M. Jackson moved to re-affirm the policy with the addition of "legal guardian" clause; J. Gibbs seconded; motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT Meeting was adjourned.

John Gibbs, Secretary