Library Board meeting minutes - November 18, 2020

The public is welcome at all library board meetings

Attendees

Present: Jonathan Gaw, Rahfat Hussain, Samuel Neisen, Tim Dolan, Sheila Letscher, Adja Kaba, Labelle Nambangi, Erin Vrieze Daniels, Gordy Aune Jr, Keegan Xavi and Jane Brissett

Hennepin County Staff: Chad Helton, Jeannette Lewis and Janet Mills; FHCL, Kristi Pearson

Public:

Call to Order

Chair Erin Vrieze Daniels called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of November 18, 2020 to order at 5:30 p.m. and welcomed all in attendance.

Approval of Agenda

Motion: Sheila Letscher
Seconded: Adja Kaba
Motion passed.

Approval of Consent Items

Motion: Sheila Letscher
Seconded: Sam Neisen
Motion passed.

Other Motions: Bylaws final approval

Motion: Sheila Letscher
Seconded: Jane Brissett
Motion passed.

Other Motions: Code of Conduct final approval

Motion: Sheila Letscher
Seconded: Jane Brissett
Motion passed.

Public Comment

No public comment.

President’s Report

Commendations are presented to past board members Katherine Blauvelt, Chris Damsgard and Margy Ligon. BE IT RESOLVED that the Hennepin County Library Board by this resolution extends its gratitude to Katherine Blauvelt and acknowledges with respect her generosity, time of service, and commitment on behalf of the residents of Hennepin County and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Hennepin County Library Board by this resolution extends its gratitude to Chris Damsgard and acknowledges with respect his generosity, time of service, and commitment on behalf of the residents of Hennepin County and wishes him all the best in her future endeavors.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Hennepin County Library Board by this resolution extends its gratitude to Margy Ligon and acknowledges with respect her generosity, time of service, and commitment on behalf of the residents of Hennepin County and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.

The board welcomed the 3 newly appointed Library Board members Keegan Xavi, Jane Brissett and Gordy Aune, Jr. Each new board member gave a brief introduction to the board.

The Library Board Executive Committee met on October 21, 2020 and discussed the board plan for 2021.

Director’s Report

Chad Helton gave a library, community and county update. On November 2, Chad alongside other HC Operations Line of Business leaders, presented a proposed 2021 Budget to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. At a follow-up meeting, County Administrator David Hough presented an amendment to the proposed Budget regarding the Library’s use of ballpark funds in 2021. The amendment received unanimous approval by the county board. The County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote to approve a final budget on December 15, 2020.

Friends of Hennepin County Library

Kristi Pearson, Executive Director of the Friends of Hennepin County Library, gave a presentation on FHCL efforts in the past year to grow library appreciation and financial support.

Unfinished Business

The Board discussed the Bylaws and Code of Conduct policies. Amendments were made to both the Bylaws and Code of Conduct policies. The board voted and approved both policies unanimously.

New Business

Electronic book checkout policy was discussed by the board.

Adjourn

There being no further business, Adja Kaba made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:09 p.m.; seconded by Gordy Aune, Jr. Motion passed. The next meeting of the Hennepin County Library Board will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2021, virtually via Microsoft Teams.