OF OCTOBER 24, 2001

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, October 24, 2001, at the Champlin Community Library.

Present: President Carol Walsh, John Gibbs, Dawn Harris, Patricia Izek, Marilyn Jackson, David Pratt, Cynthia Steinke.
Library Staff Attending: C.Brown, S. Charles, D.Cramer, C. DeGraff, N.Perron, J.Morgan, M. Gillespie, M. Turner, S. Smith, C.Ahrens, & B.Berg.
Guests: Alanna Tyler (County Administration), Joan Chalmers & Jo Nunn (Champlin Friends).

Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by President Carol Walsh with introduction of guests, and the Pledge of Allegiance.

A motion was made to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2001, meeting was made by C. Steinke, seconded by P. Izek; motion passed.


Policy Committee: Patricia Izek gave a brief update on status of policy reviewal.

Welcome & Public Comment

Champlin Library: Sharyll Smith gave a community update (growth of area, population, statistics), library programs, technology (17 workstations now available), of special interest in smaller libraries is web access to information formerly not available.

Presentation by Marilyn Turner on e-Library status and offerings.


Library Foundation Breakfast Update - Chris DeGraff reported that the breakfast with County Commissioners was very successful, with informative presentations (to be shared at January Library Board meeting), all 7 County Commissioners attended & lingered after the formal presentations (Read Team, StartSmart, Pen Pals and Foundation Board President).

Operating Budgets - David Cramer reported that the 2001 budget was on target. There is nothing new to report yet on the 2002 budget. M. Jackson requested a budget breakdown by print, AV and electronic.

Construction Projects Update - Charles Brown reported on the re-opening date (Jan. 13, 2002) for St. Louis Park, Edina and St. Anthony progress, e-Library re-launch planned for first quarter of 2002, and Brookdale status.


Charles Brown announced that each Board member received a packet from Staff Development Day. Regarding progress with a Mall of America presence, a staff meeting is scheduled with John Wheeler for October 25 and he will report outcome at the next Library Board meeting.

Carol Walsh: Draft of 2002 meeting schedule is presented for review and vote at the December meeting. Annual Library Board meeting is proposed for April at the St. Louis Park Library, may look at a 4:00 start time. She attended the MLA conference and will share her notes; attended the budget hearing at the Government Center; and is active in the St. Louis Park Library art initiative committee meetings.

Cynthia Steinke: Attended an author talk (Monica Ferris, mystery writer) at Eden Prairie Library.

Patricia Izek: She is monitoring and moderating Plymouth ESL conversation groups and finding them very interesting and a good public service.

Marilyn Jackson: Gave a ULC report--increase public and policy makers awareness of libraries. Major story in Governing magazine on libraries, "Libraries Branch Out," and can subscribe online to governingmagazine.com. Library staff will include the article in next mailing.

Motion to approve the gifts was made by M. Jackson & seconded by C. Steinke; motion passed.
$288.32 Friends of the Eden Prairie Library to the Eden Prairie Library for Teen Read Month display materials and treats for volunteers, browsing material, and miscellaneous supplies.
198.23 Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for refreshments during Jim Ogland's author talk, one copy of Picturing Lake Minnetonka: a postcard history, and circulating adult browsing materials.
422.40 Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for a subscription to the St. Paul Pioneer Press and children programs.
30.00 James Bucallo donated 30 CD's to the annual St. Bonifacious Library book sale.
24.27 Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for signs and display materials for teen area.
61.48 Friends of Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for refreshments for the annual student Art Gala.

Motion to adjourn made and seconded; meeting was adjourned.

Patricia Izek, Secretary