Director Selection Process Committee meeting summary - October 16, 2019

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The Library Board Director Selection Process Committee met Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Ridgedale Library, LadySlipper meeting room.


Committee members: Chair Katherine Blauvelt, Tim Dolan, Jonathan Gaw, Sheila Letscher, Samuel Neisen, Christopher Damsgard and Erin Vrieze Daniels

Library Board members: N/A

Staff: Michael Rossman, Deborah Johnson, Carrie Brunsberg, and Jeannette Lewis

Welcome and Call to Order

President Katherine Blauvelt called the meeting to order at 5:01 p.m. and welcomed attendees.

Approval of agenda and meeting summary

Chair Katherine Blauvelt made a motion to approve the agenda.
Motion by: Samuel Neisen
Seconded by: Erin Vrieze Daniels
Motion passed.

Chair Katherine Blauvelt made a motion to table the September 18th meeting minutes summary.
Motion by: Katherine Blauvelt
Seconded by: Jonathan Gaw
Motion passed.

Public Comment


Director Search and Timeline Update

Michael Rossman, Hennepin County Chief Human Resources Officer gave an update on the Director Selection process. Hennepin County has received about 45 applicants. DDA provided a list of qualified applicants ranked from highest to lowest and or not qualified. The job posting received around 2700 hits on the Hennepin job posting on our website. DDA focused on Library, Non-Profit and Public Sector Executive Leadership candidates for the position. There will be a Screening Committee that will review the applicants. The position will remain open until filled.

Discussion of Finalist Process, External Engagement

The HCL Board discussed the draft Engagement Plan for the HCL Director finalist. The different communication methods on ways to connect with the public and community groups on engagement with the finalist. The Library Board considered the need to do outreach to Library Leadership, on their feedback on the Library Boards plan. After the County reviews the plan, a Board member will send out a letter to head Librarians to reach out to their local community groups. The next steps include reserving meeting rooms for January 2020, writing content for the web, flyer, and or email alert. The Board plans to speak with county communications about email addresses and automatic replies. Next is to launch the content, let the content run, and then discuss the feedback at the next Director Selection Process Committee meeting.

Future Meeting Scheduling

HCL Board scheduled the next Director Selection Process Committee meeting for Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., Ridgedale Library, meeting room 174


Katherine Blauvelt made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Motion by: Erin Vrieze Daniels
Seconded by: Jonathan Gaw
Motion passed.