MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF MARCH 22, 2000


The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at the Brooklyn Park Community Library.

PRESENT: Carol Walsh, President
Jack Cole
John Gibbs
Patricia Izek
Marilyn Jackson
Bob Zaragoza
LIBRARY STAFF ATTENDING: C.Brown, N.Perron, C. DeGraff, M. Gillespie, C. Muchow, J. Morgan, J. Frankena, J. Ranisate & B. Berg.
GUESTS: J. Harris (OBF)


WELCOME & PUBLIC COMMENT
President Walsh called the meeting to order following a tour of the renovated Brooklyn Park Library.

Brooklyn Park Library: J. Frankena welcomed everyone to the Brooklyn Park Library and drew attention to some historic photos of the building when opened in 1976 and changes over the years. She reviewed community demographic changes, service changes -- especially computers, collaboratives


APPROVAL
The minutes of the Feb. 23, 2000, meeting had been mailed to Library Board members. Motion to approve the minutes was made by M. Jackson; seconded by P. Izek; motion passed.


COMMITTEE REPORTS
Ways & Means Committee: J. Cole reported on action items from the March 8 meeting: Conference & Travel Budget Allocations for Library Board in amount of $10,000. J. Cole moved adoption of the recommendation of the Ways & Means Committee C&T Budget Allocations for 2000; seconded by J. Gibbs; motion passed.

Policy Committee: C. Walsh has a couple of appointments to make to the Committee.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Building Updates: C. Brown updated on variety of active library projects: Wayzata, Hopkins, Edina, and Brookdale.

2000 Budget Update: The 2000 budget is topic for discussion at April 19 Library Advisory Council meeting; D. Cramer will have a full report at the May 10 Ways & Means Committee.


NEW BUSINESS
Resolution: Library Board members have a resolution of congratulations for Dick Mueller, but he was unable to attend the meeting until April 26. Agenda item will be held over.


DIRECTOR'S REPORT
C. Brown reported on a few additional items: e-mail to staff regarding appointment of Janet Leick effective May 1; mobility assignment of Kathleen Hartmann to Community Relations to work on special assignments; Summary of Incident/Accident Reports for 1999 (very minor and low numbers). Inquiry was made from a Library Board member for summary of comments/suggestions submitted via the library web page; C. Brown will supply information to Board. Strategic Planning process update was given by J. Morgan, including scenarios. Library Leadership Council is planning a management retreat this week.


BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
C. Walsh: Reminded everyone to bring in notebooks for updating. Requested input from Library Board for Program suggestions for remainder of 2000, and if there is interest in a Library Board retreat. C. DeGraff updated Board on Foundation activities. Melsa Marketing workshop -- Board members encouraged to sign up.

J. Cole: Attended the two meetings sponsored by HCL on Internet; urged Library Board members to attend the Staff Recognition Events; new statistical categories were highlighted.

M. Jackson: emphasized Urban Libraries Council activities.

J. Gibbs: encouraged fellow Board members to attend the State of the County Address--invitations were mailed to Library Board.



OTHER
Grants: No grants to report.

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

$270.00 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for the purchase of MELSA 2000 Summer Reading program materials.
150.00 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for one performance of Schiffelly Puppets "Snoring Boring Beauty" on 2/21/00.
88.25 Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for picture hangers for Art Council Display rods.
596.76 Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for newspaper display rack..



ADJOURNMENT   Motion to adjourn was made by P. Izek, seconded by B. Zaragoza; motion passed.






John Gibbs, Secretary


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