MINUTES OFThe Hennepin County Library Board met Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at Minneapolis Central Library.
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF MARCH 19, 2008
CALL TO ORDER
Library Board President John Gibbs called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of March 19, 2008 to order at 5 p.m. and welcomed all attendees.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Cynthia Steinke made a motion to approve the agenda which was seconded by Therese VanBlarcom. Motion was approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Claudia Kelly made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 27, 2008 Library Board meeting which was seconded by Patricia Izek. Motion was approved.
Steve Campagnola thanked the Board, Commissioners and all for reopening Webber Park Library and is enthused about plans for a new building. Cheryl Luger supports Board meetings in Minneapolis and suggested televising them. She is also interested in the Planetarium and expanded open hours.
John Gibbs introduced Commissioner Mark Stenglein who thanked Board members for their service and expressed the importance of their role on behalf of the County Board. Mr. Gibbs welcomed Athenaeum Board members Pierce McNally and Susan Mackert and mentioned the Board looks forward to working with them.
Overview of Hennepin County - Hennepin County Administrator Richard P. Johnson
Richard Johnson expressed his appreciation to the Board for their commitment to County residents. It is an exciting time to serve, with the birth of a new organization and many opportunities to shape what Hennepin County Library will be in the future. He also acknowledged the admirable job staff are doing to implement the merger, noted libraries are clearly a priority for the County Board, and are critical public institutions that provide free services in high demand.
Carolyn Bacon, Organizational Consultant provided an overview of the modified Mission and Vision process. Pre-work that includes research done in the last year on trends, best practices, challenges and opportunities, users' expectations, along with staff input, will be provided in a retreat setting between May 5-23. A small group will then craft the mission and vision for full Board discussion and approval. The Library Board's recommended Mission and Vision will be presented to the County Board for their approval. Board members will be contacted to determine availability in May.
Director's Report - Amy Ryan
Proposed Visual Identity: Art Director Juli Bratvold
The design was shared and the process for gathering input from staff, the values, personality and goals for the identity were explained. Board members discussed the proposed design and Ms. Ryan explained the implementation plan is under development. Therese VanBlarcom made a motion to give concept approval to the visual identity presentation which was seconded by Cynthia Steinke; after discussion, the motion passed unanimously.
Nominating Committee Announced
The April Annual Meeting includes the election of Library Board officers. Mr. Gibbs announced the members of the Nominating Committee: David Pratt will continue to Chair with Cynthia Steinke, Patricia Izek and John Pacheco. The Nominating Committee will report to the Board on April 16, 2008.
ITEMS PREVIOUSLY ADDRESSED
"Ballpark Fund" Library Hours Expansion
Lois Thompson reviewed steps taken to expand library hours and next steps for final approval. Libraries that may be open 12-5 Sundays are: Augsburg Park, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, East Lake, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Hosmer, Minneapolis Central, North Regional, Oxboro, Rockford Road, St. Louis Park, and Westonka. C. Steinke made a motion to endorse the staff and County Board Committee's recommendation regarding Sunday hours resolution on Ballpark Fund Library Hours (06-8-467) that was adopted by County Board Committee at their meeting Tuesday, March 18, 2008; motion was seconded by Roger Hale. After discussion, the motion passed unanimously.
Revisions to Library Board Bylaws
The revisions presented to the Hennepin County Library Board Bylaws January 23, 2008 included a change to the number of members from seven to eleven and removal of the statement, "Terms have been staggered so that no more than three appointments expire on December 31 of any given year" from Article I, subsection one. John Pacheco made a motion to approve the Bylaws with two additional amendments to Article 5, subsection one: changing number three to four in the parenthetical, and the final sentence to "at least one month before the annual meeting." Motion was seconded by Therese VanBlarcom; following discussion, the motion passed.
There being no further business, the Library Board meeting of March 19, 2008 adjourned at 6:28 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for April 16, 2008 at Brookdale Library, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN.