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Library Board Meeting Minutes: January 22, 2013

Call to Order: President Bogue called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. On a motion by Jewell, seconded by Katz, the agenda was approved.

Members Present: Sister Edith Bogue, Dan D'Allaird (arrived at 5:05 p.m.), Frank Jewell, Virginia Katz, Printha Markert, Peter Spooner

Also Present: City Councilor Emily Larson, Carla Powers

Excused: Jane Brissett, Liz Benson Johnson, Andrew Slade

Approval of Minutes: On a motion by Katz, seconded by Markert, the library board minutes of the regular meeting of November 27 were approved as drafted.


Friends of the Duluth Public Library - Powers
The Barnes & Noble Book Fair took place on December 1 and raised a record total of 5,366.32. The annual holiday book sale at Main took place on December 5 and 6 and raised $526.25. The next issue of the Friends' newsletter will be published in March. There are plans in the works to organize a lunch with author William Kent Krueger in conjunction with the release of his book "Ordinary Grace" in April.

Duluth Library Foundation - Katz
The Foundation has an intern from the College of St. Scholastica working with Development Director Patra Sevastiades this semester. Recently the Foundation was awarded a pass-through grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation to purchase outdoor furniture from Loll Designs for the upper plaza. The furniture will be ordered soon and installed this spring. The Foundation board is deciding whether to hold a spring event. There was discussion about Libations in the Library, which everyone agreed was a great success.

Old Business:

Talking points. Bogue has been giving some thought to the talking points, which were beginning to become too long and complicated. She proposed condensing them based on the library's 2012 usage statistics. The overall message is that when funding increased for the library usage increased as well, and currently library funding is not secure. These points can be highlighted with some statistics from 2012.
Update on potential building project. Powers reported that there is no update yet, but she has a meeting scheduled with Mayor Ness, Dave Montgomery, Tari Rayala and Roshanda Smiley on Thursday.
New library board member. According to the city clerk's office there are three people who have expressed an interest in being on the library board. Board members reiterated an interest in bringing more diversity to the library board if possible.

Appearance at city council meeting. D'Allaird is working on plans for a presentation by the Vote Yes Committee at the January 28 meeting. Members of Vote Yes will outline how passage of the referendum has helped parks and libraries. Bogue volunteered to say a few words about its impact on libraries specifically.

New Business:

2012 review/2013 preview. Powers shared the 2012 usage statistics, which showed very heavy use of the branches and increased visits to the Main Library. She mentioned that a priority for 2013 will be to increase the number of programs and special events at the libraries. To that end, weekly storytime programs have begun at the branches and will continue through the end of the winter reading program in early March. Special events for adults will also take place at Main during this time.

Library Legislative Day. The Minnesota Library Association is organizing Library Legislative Day in St. Paul on Wednesday, March 6. Powers encouraged anyone who is interested in attending to contact her.


Manager's Report
There was discussion about the library's new logo, and about trying to plan a meeting at the Mt. Royal Branch or in Bixby's. Powers will follow up with the Mt. Royal branch librarian.

The meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 26.

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