MINUTES OF
HENNEPIN COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
OF JANUARY 26, 2000


The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, January 26, 2000, at the Hennepin County Government Center, C23 Conference Room.
PRESENT: Jack Cole, President
John Gibbs
Marilyn Jackson
Dick Mueller
Carol Walsh
Bob Zaragoza
LIBRARY STAFF ATTENDING: C.Brown, D.Cramer, N.Perron, C. DeGraff, J.Morgan, M. Gillespie, C.Ahrens, & B. Berg.
GUESTS: D. Peterson (Lib Bd applicant)


WELCOME & PUBLIC COMMENT
President Cole called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.

Public Comment: None.

Agenda: B. Zaragoza requested that "2001 & Beyond Strategic Plan" move up to follow the Nominations Committee report because he had to leave the meeting early. Change was agreeable to the Board.

APPROVAL
The minutes of the Dec. 1, 1999 meeting had been mailed to Library Board members. Motion to approve the minutes was made by M. Jackson; seconded by D. Mueller; motion passed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Nominations Committee: Chair B. Zaragoza reported that in December he had requested input from all Library Board members. Committee presented the following slate of officers for 2000:
President: Carol Walsh
Vice President: Bob Zaragoza
Secretary: John Gibbs
B. Zaragoza moved acceptance of the recommended slate of officers; D. Mueller seconded; following no discussion, the motion passed and the new officers were elected.

2001 & Beyond Stratetic Plan: B. Zaragoza reported on the scenario planning session held on Jan. 11 with approximately 50 attendees; Zaragoza and C. Walsh were Library Board representatives. An update on the current Strategic Directions was made. C. Walsh also reported on the scenario planning session.

Policy Committee: C. Walsh reported that the February 23 Library Board meeting will include a review of the Internet Public Use Policy. She has also been soliciting informal input regarding the make-up of the Ways & Means Committee--possibly recommending changing the Committee back to an ad hoc committee--this will be a future discussion topic.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Resolution: J. Cole read a Library Board resolution thanking Peggy Kelly for her service on the Library Board. M. Jackson moved passing the resolution; D. Mueller seconded; motion passed unanimously.

Building Updates: C. Brown updated on various library projects at Wayzata, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, St. Louis Park, Hopkins, and Augsburg Park renovation.

2000 Budget Update: D. Cramer distributed a budget update.

Wheelchairs in the Library: D. Cramer reported on recent wheelchair purchases (approx. $432 each): 2-Ridgedale, 2-Brookdale, 2-Southdale, 1-Oxboro. County decided to not get electric chairs due to liability and storage/re-charging issues. Staff will evaluate the use and needs.

NEW BUSINESS
Deputy County Administrator: C. Brown introduced Richard Johnson, his new boss. Mr. Johnson has been impressed with the libraries--especially with a recent tour of Ridgedale.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT
C. Brown reported that HCL & MELSA are partnering to offer a weekend bus trip to Chicago ALA this July; attention drawn to the Library Board Events list with future dates of interest to the Library Board. Reminder of Legislative Day on Feb. 16; J. Cole and D. Mueller have registered.

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
D. Mueller: Reported on his ALTA meetings at ALA Mid-winter; the legislative committee commitment to hold an "advocacy" seminar at the ALA annual meeting; the campaign "you can make a difference," the national library advocate "thank you" day in April, and a free copyright program offered online from ALA at <copyright.ala>. National Library Legislative Day is scheduled for May 1 & 2; there is the potential of having a White House meeting in Nov/Dec. this year. He met with Mr. Richard Akroyd, Gates Foundation, who will be in MN later this year; D. Mueller will track his visit for possible funding options. D. Mueller is working on the planning committee for a pre-conference on marketing to be held in Chicago.

J. Cole: Gave an ALA advocacy update; requested that library get copies of the "Library and the Internet Tool Kit" from ALA (N. Perron has requested copies of the kit for staff); he also worked on a unit for fundraising. Nov. 30 there will be a report to Congress, "Online Child Safety Studies" about the Internet.

Library Foundation and Commissioners had a breakfast meeting today. Comm. McLaughlin mentioned difficulty of keeping everything juggling in the library--staff, collection and technology.

OTHER
Grants: C. Brown reported that Julia Morgan has completed HCL application for E-rates through Project InterConnect; suburban Hennepin County only has a 44% discount (discount is based on school district free & reduced lunch program).

Gift Acceptance: Motion to accept the gifts was made by C. Walsh; seconded by D. Mueller; motion passed.
$ 15.95  Trudi Dufresne to the Excelsior Library for the book Mother Goose On The Loose, Flannel Board Set.
1473.59  Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for the purchase of adult print materials selected from Bookmen, Inc.
260.00   Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for aquarium maintenance, September - December.
136.31   Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for coffee pot.
75.00     Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for Booktalk program - presenter fee.
535.09   Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for 52 childrens puppets.
58.00     Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for prizes during KidLinks training (pencils & erasers).
879.91   Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library for purchase of compact discs and computer software.
73.95     Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library for the purchase of "Dewey Easy for Windows" software.
76.00     Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for posters and bookmarks.
27.91     Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for colored paper and construction paper.
25.82     Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for Black History Month posters and bookmarks.
338.37   Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for literature holders and shelf displays.
946.05   Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for Ellison Die machine and dies.
60.00     Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for dies for Ellison Machine.
234.30   Friends of the Westonka Library to the Westonka Library for big book storage unit/easel.


ADJOURNMENT
Meeting was adjourned.




Marilyn Jackson, Secretary

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