OF APRIL 16, 2008

The Hennepin County Library Board met Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Brookdale Library.
Present: John Gibbs, Roger Hale, Patricia Izek, Jill Joseph, Claudia Kelly, Kathleen Lamb, John Pacheco, David Pratt, Cynthia Steinke and Therese VanBlarcom
Hennepin County Staff: Bill Berg, Ginger Bush, Sharon Charles, Jane Eastwood, Judith Friedrich, Julaine Heit, Margie Knoedel, Barb Kondrick, Mary Kramer, Michael McConnell, Commissioner Mike Opat, Nancy Palmer, Saad Samatar, Char Sohlberg, Lois Thompson, Marilyn Turner and Ardis Wiley
Public: Steve Brandt, Anita Duckor, Sue Halvorsen, Sue Mackert, Adam Olson and Diane Sannes
Library Board President John Gibbs called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of April 16, 2008 to order at 5:05 p.m. and welcomed all attendees.

John Gibbs changed the agenda to include "Board Member Reports" listed as number five on the revised agenda and suggested this occur between number eleven "Acceptance of Donations" and "Adjournment." Patricia Izek made a motion to approve the agenda as revised which was seconded by Jill Joseph. Motion was approved.

Therese VanBlarcom made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2008 Library Board meeting which was seconded by Claudia Kelly. Motion was approved.

Diane Sannes, Brooklyn Center and Friend of Brookdale Library gave some history of Brooklyn Center, presented a copy of Patriots of Brooklyn for Board review, described upcoming events, and requested a meeting with the Library Board and Friends group representatives by May 2, 2008 to explore their future in Hennepin County Library.

John Gibbs introduced Commissioner Mike Opat who greeted the Board and discussed the importance of Hennepin County Library. He also expressed appreciation to Board members and asked them to continue to challenge the County Board, staff, and library industry. Therese VanBlarcom recognized his involvement with the Guys Read session at the Public Library Association Conference. Commissioner Opat is proud of the work the Library has done that is unparalleled in the country.

Job & Career Centers and Workforce Development: Brookdale Librarian Saad Samatar
Mr. Samatar summarized the variety of services provided to customers with many different backgrounds at the Job and Career Information Center. Highlights included: job searching, career planning, community resources, educational resources and personal uses such as banking and shopping. For many this is their only access to technology and many services we use day-to-day provide information online. Collaborations were noted with area businesses, professors, Hennepin North WorkForce Center, and HIRED (a Twin Cities area provider of job-skills and employment training).

Director's Report - Deputy Library Director Lois Thompson
Ballpark hours are set to begin June 1 with celebrations in all 18 libraries open Sundays at 2 p.m. Mission and Vision staff meetings are underway and the information from staff will be gathered for the Library Board Retreat May 10. Budget instructions for 2009 are expected the end of April. Ms. Thompson invited the Board to attend the North High School Student's writing and photography event Friday, May 23. Board discussion highlights included an estimate date of an integrated computer system, estimated to be 2011 and clarification on the Board's role in diversity efforts.

Planetarium Update: External Relations & Partnerships Division Director Jane Eastwood
Ms. Eastwood provided an overview of the history of the Planetarium, background on the impact of a new Central Library, formation of a Planetarium Society in 2003, $22 million in state bond funds to the City of Minneapolis in 2006, the goal and vision to raise $16.5 million in private contributions for the Planetarium to be on the roof of the Central Library once the money was raised. The impact of the merger required further exploration by the County Administrator and Hennepin County Board. Partnership potential included the Science Museum, University of Minnesota, and most recently Augsburg College where preliminary discussions are underway. A County Board briefing is scheduled May 8 at the Government Center at 9 a.m. and it is a public meeting. Board discussion followed with financial inquiries, the length of time bond money is available (2010), and a request to have the Business Plan from the Planetarium Society sent to Library Board members prior to the briefing.

2007 Local Government Innovations Award - Jane Eastwood
Hennepin County Library was awarded a 2007 Local Government Innovations Award from the Humphrey Institute in the category of management process improvement. Commissioner McLaughlin, Anita Duckor, Judith Friedrich, and City Council President Barbara Johnson were acknowledged for their role in the nomination.

Nominating Committee, Election of Officers: David Pratt Chair
On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Chair David Pratt announced the individuals being brought forward as officers of the Library Board. Patricia Izek (president), Therese VanBlarcom (vice president), and John Pacheco (secretary). Mr. Pratt made a motion to approve the nominations, Kathleen Lamb seconded the motion; motion passed. Outgoing officers were recognized by Mr. Pratt and Board colleagues for their service, John Gibbs (president), Patricia Izek (vice president) and Holly Guncheon (secretary).

Mr. Pratt made a motion to accept the donations, seconded by Jill Joseph; motion was unanimously passed.

Cynthia Steinke attended the Public Library Association (PLA) Annual Conference which was a great success and a session she attended on "What if Libraries…" was thought-provoking.
Patricia Izek thanked those who put the conference together and enjoyed touring the Convention Center. She plans to attend the June ALA Conference in Anaheim and asked other Board members to let her know if they are interested. She reminded attendees about Childish Films at the Central Library on Saturday mornings.
Therese VanBlarcom attended a PLA panel discussion about economic development in libraries which recognized what an asset the library is to the community.
Jill Joseph attended Commissioner Johnson's state of the county address. She acknowledged the many things the county does and the reality of the budget which may require prioritizing and the possibility of doing less with less.
John Gibbs appointed a Library Board Athenaeum Committee at the April 16, 2008 meeting that included four members Chair David Pratt, Cynthia Steinke, Roger Hale, Kathleen Lamb and he added Amy Ryan as a committee member. Sharon Charles will staff the committee.

Capital Projects Update: Capital Projects Coordinator Mary Kramer
A report on ongoing capital projects was provided. Ms. Kramer provided a brief summary of each of the nine projects. Drawings of the Plymouth and Maple Grove libraries were shared showcasing a variety of features. Board discussion included suggestions for proposed flat screen monitors, support for steps being taken to integrate facilities into the environment, and a request for a Library Board update on how ideas from neighborhoods are gathered and integrated into building plans.

There being no further business, the Library Board meeting of April 16, 2008 adjourned at 6:38 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for May 28, 2008 at Northeast Library, 2200 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, MN.


John Pacheco, Secretary