OF MAY 26, 1999

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, May 26, 1999, at the Westonka Community Library.

PRESENT: Jack Cole, President
John Gibbs
Peggy Kelly
Richard Mueller
Carol Walsh

LIBRARY STAFF ATTENDING: C.Brown, D.Cramer, S.Charles, N.Perron, C.DeGraff, C.Muchow, E.Feinberg, B.Erickson, M.Stelzer, E.Miller, C.Ahrens & B.Berg.

GUESTS: JoAnn Harris (OBF), Peter Pearson (Libraries for the Future)

President Cole called the meeting to order at 4:35 p.m. without a quorum so no action items until quorum was present.

Public Comment: None.

Westonka Community Library - B. Erickson: Westonka Librarian, Bill Erickson, reported on some of the important things staff do, like maintenance of buildings. New projects and initiatives (like Ridgedale and Kidlinks) energize staff, but always come back to basics: job is to serve the public, and that includes the library buildings. He recently received a clipping file which gave an overview of the history of the Westonka Library services and buildings. Westonka's many building activities over the past year were reviewed.

Quorum present.

The minutes of the April 21, 1999 meeting had been mailed to Library Board members. Motion to approve the minutes was made by P. Kelly; seconded by D.Mueller; motion passed.

J. Cole introduced Peter Pearson, "Libraries For the Future" President, and the Executive Director of the Friends of the St. Paul Library. Materials were distributed and Mr. Pearson presented the history and goals of "Libraries For the Future."


Ways & Means Committee: Jack reported that B. Zaragoza was unable to attend today's meeting, so he reported on outcome from the May 12 Committee meeting: meeting schedule changes, conference & travel budget, fine policy discussion.


1999 Library Board Retreat: C. Walsh reported that the June 23 Library Board meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m., at Edina Library; retreat is scheduled for 6-8:00 p.m. One portion of the Retreat will be the Myers-Briggs test (handed out to Lib Bd members to complete and return to V. DeFord). Dinner will be ordered for Retreat participants.

Building Update:
Ridgedale: C. Brown filled in for Sandy Louis. The Capital Budget Task Force recently met at and toured the Ridgedale Library and then went on to St. Louis Park and Hopkins. October 10 is the date for grand re-opening; Thursday, October 7 is scheduled for a preview opening for donors, elected officials, etc.

Budget 2000: D. Cramer reported the Library is in the middle of the budget process, all requests have been assembled. The Leadership Council has started meeting and prioritizing the requests.

Jack Cole drew attention to the Library Legislative Forum, June 17-18, at St. John's and encouraged Library Board attendance/participation.

In addition to the mailed report, C. Brown reported on: 1) the August 10 County Board Briefing with Joey Rodger, ULC, reviewing the political outlook of future for public libraries, Peter Young, Library of Congress/Digitalization, to review technological applications, and Charles Brown will cover technology visions for 2010. An initial meeting with core staff group to begin developing an outline is planned for mid-June. For the June 23 Library Board mailing, C. Brown plans to include some readings and his preliminary outline for the presentation. 2) Dakota County: J. Cole met with Bill Asp about the Dakota County security plan recently initiated. HCL developed a plan 2 years ago, but C. Brown will ask Julia Morgan to follow up and review the security plan. 3) Job Postings: the Library Board received copies of the Deputy Director and Program Coordinator postings. 4) Meeting Schedule review: June 9 is Ways & Means Committee; June 16 is set aside for a tentative Ways & Means Committee if needed; June 23 is Library Board meeting plus Retreat; July 14 has been changed to a full Library Board meeting; the August 4 meeting is cancelled; and October 27 is changed to a 7:00 p.m. meeting at Ridgedale Library. 5) ALA Filtering regarding Arizona legislation.


J.Cole, President: attended National Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. with first day for training and second day for legislative appointments, with a total of 8 from Minnesota, and reported on national ALA legislative issues; gave a Foundation update on a special Foundation Board meeting at which they donated to the Rd Children's Room wall/art project; and hopes that all Library Board members will be contributors to the Library Foundation. The Library Foundation also worked on Mission/Vision/Values, which should be separate from the Library, and developed three Values: 1) literacy and life-long learning, 2) a passion for reading, and 3) advocacy. The Vision draft has been prepared; and a Mission Statement will be created after the Values & Vision are developed. J. Cole read a paragraph from a newspaper quote from David McCullough, the last Pen Pals speaker, about the Internet.

C. Walsh: She and Dick Mueller attended the MELSA Trustee Workshop, with a report on program innovations and technology. Work has begun on a fall workshop.

Motion was made by P. Kelly to accept the gifts; seconded by D. Mueller; motion passed.
$ 10.00 Elizabeth A. Welna to the Brooklyn Park Library for the Agency Gift Fund.
111.50 Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for bookmarks and posters.
100.00 Friends of the Rockford Road Library to the Rockford Road Library for Agency Gift Fund.
500.00 Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library to purchase one-shots and comics for the browsing collection.
213.04 Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for Westonka Library advertising pens.
52.00 Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for 26-issue subscription to In Style magazine.
45.03 Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library to purchase an Animal Train wall hanging for the children's area.
5.00 Daryne Hoffmann to the Outreach Library for Agency Gift Fund.
5.00 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Nida to the Rockford Road Library for the Agency Gift Fund.

Motion to adjourn was made, seconded, and passed.

Marilyn Jackson, Secretary