Library Board meeting minutes - June 21, 2023

The public is welcome at all library board meetings

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at Brookdale Library, ABC Meeting Room.  


Present: Jane Brissett, Erin Carney, Amal Karim, Lynn Stetler, Gordy Aune, Jr., Ashley Krohn, Randy Klauk, Mike Hogan, and Briana Eicheldinger.

Hennepin County Staff: Dan Rogan, J.R. Genett, Amy McNally, Ali Turner, Patti Hetrick, Josh Yetman, Jeannette Lewis, Bethany Wagenaar and Kelsey Shay-Flores.

Call to Order

President Jane Brissett called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of June 21, 2023, to order at 5:33 p.m. and welcomed all in attendance.

Attendance of Library Board Members

Library Board Clerk Jeannette Lewis took the roll call. The board met the quorum with 10 members present.

Approval of Agenda

Motion: Randy Klauk
Second: Gordy Aune, Jr.
Motion passed.

Approval of Consent Items

Motion: Gordy Aune, Jr.
Second: Ashley Krohn

Motion passed to amend May 17, 2023, meeting minutes. Amendments include adding more detail about the public comment and about the change to library board bylaws. Amended minutes will be voted upon next board meeting. Discussion on the level of detail to be provided in meeting minutes will be revisited.

Public Comment

No public comments were made.

Welcome from Brookdale Staff

Patron Experience Supervisors Bethany Wagenaar, and Kelsey Shay-Flores provided a welcome to the Brookdale Library community along with highlights about current programming.

President’s Report

President Jane Brissett referenced the Hennepin County Library events document featured in the packet as a part of the announcements Also:

  • Ashley Krohn was appointed to the Executive Committee.
  • Amal Karim, Secretary, will be taking board meeting minutes.
  • Two additional full board meetings are planned for July, and August (to interview Library Director finalists).
  • Reminder to raise topics with Executive Committee members at least 10 days before a full meeting or during the scheduled Executive Committee meetings.
  • Reminder to follow Robert’s Rules of Order and attempt to limit comments to one per board member during discussion (until every member has had a chance to speak).

2023 – 2025 Meeting Schedule

The board reviewed and discussed the meeting cadence for the 2023 – 2025 board meeting schedule.

  • Executive Committee meetings moved to Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Ridgedale Library.
  • Amendment proposed to add Executive Committee meetings before every board meeting.

The new meeting schedule approval was tabled to the next board meeting.

Motion: Ashley Krohn
Second: Erin Carney
Motion passed.

Interim Director’s Report

Interim Library Director Dan Rogan discussed Library, Community, and County updates.

Library Staff Dialogue

The Youth Advisory Committee presented at the Brookdale Library StarDome.

J.R. Genett presented on, "Shelving Adult and Children’s Non-Fiction Together."

Committee Reports

The next Executive Committee meeting is on Thursday, August 10, 2023, 5:30 p.m. at Ridgedale Library.

Friends of the Hennepin County Library (FHCL) ex officio Jane Brissett provided an update.

The Budget and Long-Term Planning Committee met June 21, 2023, at Brookdale Library and plan to bring information to the full board meeting to be scheduled in July 2023.

The Nominating Committee had no new updates.

The Policy Committee conducted a 1st Read for the Code of Conduct for HCL Board Members Policy. The committee recommends a change to make more explicit board members’ ability to bring breaches of the code of conduct to the President’s attention.

The amendment to the Code of Conduct for HCL Board Members Policy was passed.

Motion: Gordy Aune, Jr.
Second: Erin Carney
Motion passed.

Unfinished Business

No unfinished business.

New Business

No new business.


There being no further business, Ashley Krohn made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m.; seconded by Amal Karim. Motion passed. The next scheduled meeting of the Hennepin County Library Board will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room.