The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, September 24, 1997 at the Maple Plain Community Library.

PRESENT: Jack Cole, Vice President
Patti Baskin
Richard Mueller
Carol Walsh
Louise Wyly
J.L. Zaragoza

LIBRARY STAFF ATTENDING: C.Brown, S.Charles, D.Cramer, L.Engberg, J.Kinney, C. Muchow, M.McConnell, K.Edson, D.Lane, B.Erickson, R.Byrne, P.Chisenhall, V.Matanic, M.Turner, E.Feinberg, J.Friedrich, S.Smith, C. Ahrens, B. Berg.

GUESTS: Ruth Mary Nowak Mary White (Office of Budget and Finance/Henn. County)

Vice President Cole called the meeting to order and welcomed all guests.

Motion was made by P. Baskin & L. Wyly to approve the August 6, 1997 meeting minutes; seconded by D. Mueller; motion passed.

Maple Plain Library: Ginny Matanic welcomed everyone to the Maple Plain Library, partially built in 1905 and recently renovated. Her report included review of technology equipment that is available due to Friends efforts.


P. Baskin reported on the September 10 meeting. Topics included: 1998 budget; Revenue Generation Team (Library Board support for a new team); Commissioner briefing report; the Library disaster plan; 20-Capital Plan Team update; undesignated gift fund discussion; and new statistics form overview.

Jack Cole reviewed the Per Diem Payments Policy with a slight revision recommended by the County Attorney's Office. D.Mueller moved approval of the revised policy; L. Wyly seconded; motion passed.

Internet Policy presentations by:
M. McConnell
J. Kinney
D. Lane
J. Friedrich
K. Edson
J. Kinney

Motion to accept the revised policy was made by D. Mueller, seconded by P. Baskin; motion passed unanimously. Library Board expressed thank to all members of the committee for their work on the revised policy.


D. Cramer reviewed a budget document distributed at the meeting. The 1998 collection budget is listed at $4,010,590. The additional cost of re-opening Ridgedale building in 1999 will be at least $1 million--that will need to be included in that year budget.


C. Brown has had discussions with President Marilyn Jackson regarding board training. The following questions were posed:
1) Is the Board interested?
2) If so, hold in one 4-hour session or two shorter sessions?
3) Need to identify dates.

Preference of the majority is they would like some training; prefer one 4-hour session; date is scheduled for December 10 (instead of a Ways & Means Committee), time is 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., location is Rockford Road Library.

President: J. Cole relayed a message from M. Jackson (who fell and broke her ankle)--she had made Board member assignments for the October 28 breakfast with Commissioners.
Technical & Job Centers - B. Zaragoza
Library Role in Economic Development & Use of Libraries by Business - D. Mueller
Revenue Generation - M. Jackson
Internet Policy - J. Cole
Ridgedale Expansion & Children's Area - L. Wyly
Future of the Library - P. Baskin
Plan for 20-Year Capital Development - C. Walsh

A suggestion was made to add "circulation" as a topic.
C. Brown will check on the "dress rehearsal" date and list of participants and will relay to the Library Board.

Events: Bob Zaragoza reviewed the events calendar.

MELSA/Metronet: Jack Cole reported on Metronet items: a ULC video on the internet, Library site technology grants from the state are processed through Metronet or LDS; and Jack Cole was re-elected as President of the Metronet board.

Art Initiative: P. Baskin reported no update.

Readmobile: L. Wyly reported that service has started to Interfaith Outreach in Wayzata thanks to a Foundation grant.

20-Year Capital Plan: C.Walsh reported on the first meeting held 9/17; next meeting has been scheduled for 10/13 with Jan Feye-Stukas of Library Development Services, to review legislation and any restrictions. By January 1998 plan to have a draft plan for review. At the next Ways & Means Committee will have a presentation by staff from the County Office of Planning and Development reviewing the area demographics. C. Walsh also reminded everyone of the trustee workshop of Saturday, September 27.

Technology Center Team: D. Mueller had nothing to report at this time; he called on Sharon Charles for an update.

C. Brown reported on various library activities: the successful closing of Ridgedale, the move to Golden Valley, and start of construction; his speaking engagements at Branch Out, with a Mankato State Library class, at the Minneapolis Club; the Novelist contract staff meeting with HCL to look at expansion; four commissioner meetings; the Adult Services Librarians and Library Assistant meeting; Capital Budget Task Force presentation with M. Jackson; visit to site of Pen Pals author lecture series; Brookdale Library meeting with Commissioner Opat; continued staff visits; and a meeting with Susan DeVogel, the strategic realignment consultant.

Activities/Programs: L. Engberg distributed a new Library Board statistical summary page for review; announced that Juli Bratvold and HCL won 5 NACIO awards; the very successful Westonka Library art exhibit of youth State Fair entries; that Library Automation News has ceased publication and a new experimental "annotations" listing that will be tried for 3 months; the Library has ceased providing deposit collections for three senior citizen community centers due to redirecting resources; and the Library Foundation received $1,000 grant for Brookdale Library programs for Black History Month and the library has applied for similar funding in the Ridgedale area.

It was moved by L. Wyly and seconded by P. Baskin & B. Zaragoza to accept recent gifts to the Library; motion passed.
$500.00 Bloomington Eagles to the Augsburg Park Library for large print fiction and audio fiction.
47.60 Friends of the Augsburg Park Library to the Augsburg Park Library for ice cream bars for summer party.
800.00 Friends of the Brookdale Library to the Brookdale Library to purchase paperbacks, browsing materials and puppets.
100.00 Friends of the Brooklyn Park Library to the Brooklyn Park Library for performance of the Splatter Sisters.
50.00 Friends of the Long Lake Library to the Children's Readmobile for use or Readmobile at Long Lake Corn Days.
908.72 Friends of the Eden Prairie Library to the Eden Prairie Library for a picnic table and a newspaper stand.
12.00 Barb Kaerwer to the Eden Prairie Library for a one year subscription to International Wolf magazine.
1135.00 Friends of the Eden Prairie Library to the Eden Prairie Library for label machine, literature holders, plants, treats, stickers, and buttons.
345.93 Friends of the Edina Library to the Edina Library to purchase personalized bags to sell.
500.00 Friends of the Edina Library to the Edina Library to match funds for French language materials.
570.25 Friends of the Edina Library to the Edina Library for stamps, summer performer, food for summer programs and browsing materials.
10.00 Ruth Henrich to the Edina Library as a thanks for great service.
500.00 EPS French Immersion Parent Organization to the Edina Library for French Language books.
224.93 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for bookmarks, stickers, storytelling kits and storytelling apron.
450.00 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for six folding tables.
471.00 Friends of the Hopkins Library to the Hopkins Library for flowers, face painters, and Schiffelly Puppets for summer party.
107.55 Friends of the Osseo Library to the Osseo Library for supplies for booksale and birthday celebration.
185.00 Friends of the Osseo Library to the Osseo Library for Teddy Bear Band program.
10.00 James S. Nolan to the Outreach Gift Fund.
25.00 Bloomington Federation of Women to the Oxboro Library for a book on Bridge.
20.00 Roger Stock to the Penn Lake Library Vi Ogren Memorial Gift Fund.
10.00 Verna Sherman to the Penn Lake Library Vi Ogren Memorial Gift Fund.
25.00 Agnes Kotaula to the Penn Lake Library Vi Ogren Memorial Gift Fund.
10.00 Shana Kay Waters to the Penn Lake Library Agency Gift Fund.
1462.77 Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for Kristi Seager program, overhead projector, two children's bookreturns, and treats.
100.00 Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for books for Family Read-to-Me programs.
25.00 Ken Potts and Heather Beal to the Rockford Road Library for two children's books in memory of Carol Dale.
20.00 L. G. Stewart to the Rockford Road Library Agency Gift Fund to welcome staff back after remodeling.
600.00 St. Louis Park Lions Club and the Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library for general purposes.
50.00 Carol Walsh to the St. Louis Park Library Agency Gift Fund to be used for collection materials.
400.00 Lyn-Lake Lions Club and the Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library Agency Gift Fund to be used for general purposes for children.
500.00 EPS French Immersion Language Program to the Southdale Library for French children's materials.
250.00 Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for Super Readers books and miscellaneous Friends purchases.
1 title - Champlin on The Mississippi by D.C. Chandler donated to the Champlin Library by Ruth Stephens.
3 copies - Lake Minnetonka Historic Hotels donated to the Excelsior Library by the Friends of the Excelsior Library.
52 titles - 52 new juvenile hardcover and paperback books donated the Excelsior Library by an anonymous donor.
bear - Three feet tall stuffed bear donated to the Excelsior Library by Rick Meyer.
1 title - The All New Blue Ribbon Cookbook donated to the Hopkins Library by the author Catherine Hanley.
1 title - My Little Friend Goes to a Baseball Game by Evelyn Finnegan donated to the St. Louis Park Library by Carol Walsh.

Meeting was adjourned.

J. L. Zaragoza, Secretary

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