LIBRARY BOARD WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE
MEETING MINUTES
June 10, 1998

Library Board members present: B. Zaragoza (chair), P. Baskin, J. Cole, P. Kelly,
D. Mueller, C. Walsh.

Library staff and guests: C. Brown, L. Engberg, D. Cramer, M. White (OBF) and C. Ahrens.


OPENING
Jack Cole opened the meeting at the request of B. Zaragoza who was delayed at work.

MINUTES
Motion to approve the minutes of the 5/13/98 meeting was made, seconded, and passed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

1999 Budget
D. Cramer reviewed the first rough draft of the 1999 library operating budget requests, followed by discussion of various issues.

Bestseller Express - Public Hearing
C. Brown lead the discussion requesting Library Board input. The Board President needs to be prepared to address the issue if called upon; however, feeling is that the County Board wants to basically hear from members of the public.

D. Mueller recommended including on the Fact Sheet information on what other local library systems are currently doing.
*** C. Brown will check with L. Jennings on the public hearing arrangements.

TEAM REPORTS

Revenue Generation Team II
D. Mueller reported that due to the planned length of this meeting, it had been proposed to defer this Final Report to the July Ways & Means Committee meeting. D. Mueller quickly reviewed the highlights of the draft report he had received, and commented that the Committee was outstanding and wanted to commend the staff for an excellent job.



NEW BUSINESS

Edina Library
This item was not on the agenda, but C. Brown reported that he, Mary Swatosh and David Cramer met with the City Manager and received a proposal that the City build a new library at a new location.

[MEETING WAS RECESSED FOR REFRESHMENTS.]

[MEETING WAS RE-CONVENED.]

Internet Issue Discussion
Continuation of discussion from the 6/10/98 Special Library Board meeting (held immediately prior to the Ways & Means Committee meeting).

P. Kelly asked about planned meetings with Commissioners and discussion of the Internet issue during those meetings. C. Brown reported that the Library Board President and he meet with each Commissioner annually -- to get acquainted, answer any questions, and address current issues.


P. Kelly expressed a liability concern on behalf of the Library Board.

If County Board does pass the resolution, the Library could:
--offer Internet training for interested County staff
--filtering & privacy screen demo for County Board
--legal briefing with County Board--constitutionality & liability

Positive: Library has eliminated two basic problems with Internet--e-mail and chat rooms are not accessible.

Janet Kinney Resignation
C. Brown reminded all of Janet Kinney's pending departure and informed that a farewell event is being planned for the morning of July 2 at the Plymouth Library.

ADJOURNMENT
D. Mueller moved adjournment, P. Kelly seconded; passed.







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