MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD SPECIAL MEETING
OF JUNE 10, 1998

The Hennepin County Library Board called a special meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 1998, preceding the Ways & Means Committee meeting at the Hopkins Community Library.

PRESENT: Patti Baskin, President
Jack Cole
Marilyn Jackson
Peggy Kelly
Richard Mueller
Carol Walsh

LIBRARY STAFF ATTENDING: C.Brown, L.Engberg, D.Cramer, V. DeFord, & C.Ahrens.

GUESTS: Mike Amery (Commissioner Steele's office), Mary White (OBF), Daphne DePorres (consultant).

President Baskin called the meeting to order.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

LIBRARY BOARD PRESENTATION BY DAPHNE DEPORRES, CONSULTANT
Review of Strategic Direction Assessment and Alignment -- documents were distributed to Library Board (copy attached to official file copy of minutes).

Action:
1) Map out strategic intent
2) Select a "test" issue
3) Begin immediately working with staff to implement plans
4) Need 2 hours of time from Library Board for the next step
5) Plan is to work with V. DeFord to implement action steps.

NEW BUSINESS

COUNTY BOARD PROPOSED RESOLUTION ON LIBRARY INTERNET USE
C. Brown reported that Commissioner Opat's major concerns were if the Library Board was aware of:
1) technical options to restricting access to selected sites
2) legal issues related to the provision of Internet to the public.

On June 23, 2:00 p.m. (Government Center), the County Board resolution (mailed to Library Board) will be discussed at the Environment and General Government Committee meeting. D. Mueller requested information about what technology staff is currently doing about filtering. M. Amery from Commissioner Steele's office also participated in the discussion; he noted "pornographic" may be replaced by "obscenity" (which is determined by community standards) and he highlighted the case Miller vs. California 1973. D.Mueller reported on his research on Internet searches on specific topics and his filtering research. M. Jackson recommended including in the policy a statement that the library is monitoring filtering software. C.Walsh expressed concern over "filter" and there must be other approaches--e.g. more recommended sites, signage, parental training, etc. Loudon case will be progressing in court over the summer (Loudon library board implemented filtering and board has been sued). Livermore case also was discussed briefly. P.Kelly asked for a copy of the 9/24/97 Library Board meeting minutes when the Internet policy was revised, and she also requested information on how many home computers are filtered and how filters are installed. If this resolution is passed by the County Board and is discussed at a future Library Board meeting, J. Cole would recommend inviting opposing views to address the Library Board.

ADJOURNMENT
Motion to adjourn was made and seconded; meeting was adjourned.

J. L. Zaragoza, Secretary

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