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Call to Order: President Bogue called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. The agenda was discussed. Under “New Business” Bogue requested discussion of some information that she sent earlier in the day. On a motion by Markert, seconded by Katz, the agenda was approved as amended.
Members Present: Sister Edith Bogue, Jane Brissett, Dan D’Allaird, Frank Jewell, Virginia Katz, Printha Markert, Megan Oswald, Peter SpoonerAlso Present: City Councilor Emily Larson, Carla PowersAbsent: Andrew Slade
Minutes: On a motion by Spooner, seconded by Brissett, the library board minutes of the regular meeting of May 28 were approved as drafted.
Duluth Library Foundation – KatzFoundation development director Patra Sevastiades organized an excellent news conference to publicize the purchase of Loll furniture with grant funds from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. The foundation board has decided to direct more of its endowment earnings toward specific initiatives dealing with children and teens. At the last meeting the library’s youth services coordinator made a presentation about programs the library would like to do. The board voted to target a portion of its disbursement toward these initiatives. The next Libations at the Library will take place on December 3, and planning is underway.
ALS Board – BrissettBrissett shared a list of Legacy programs through the end of fiscal year 2013 and into fiscal year 2014. The ALS bookmobile is out of service for the second time in two years due to a problem with exhaust fumes. A new bookmobile would be very expensive to purchase. An independent consultant has been hired to look into the problem. A digital magazine serviced called Zinio will be offered to ALS and DPL library patrons beginning July 1. All ALS libraries will share the same Zinio titles. There was a suggestion to publicize the service in the fall, once the kinks are worked out. The ALS board has approved $30,000 for a lean library management consultant to come in and help streamline their systems for delivery and other services. This initiative came out of the strategic planning process.
Library Manager’s Report – PowersThere was discussion about the state attorney general’s recent hearing on synthetic drugs and a reminder that we need to also talk about the positive things going on downtown. Powers provided details about the library’s IT project proposals and the new process for getting them approved. The 2014 city budget process is beginning, and at this point Powers does not expect any major cuts. Katz praised the Friends of the Library’s book sale, which netted approximately $26,400. She said the level of organization for this event was amazing. An example of how Friends money is used is the purchase of Zinio.
Update on potential building project. Larson expressed interest in contacting Mayor Ness and Dave Montgomery to express the library board’s wish to get a planning process started.
New library website. Board members expressed approval for the new site. Powers said that the web team is still deciding on content for the lower half of the homepage. There was a suggestion to use this area for staff reading recommendations. Bogue mentioned that she was easily able to find a purchase suggestion form on the new site.
Future board meeting at West Duluth Branch. August doesn’t work well for Bogue. Powers will check on September or October to see if the meeting room in the senior center is available. There was a suggestion to schedule future meeting at the Mt. Royal Branch. Jewell suggested asking staff what they would like to have the board see, and use these suggestions to plan future tours. Board members want to be knowledgeable about what they need to know as advocates.
Library Information. The Pew Research Fund has section specifically focusing on libraries, and a report was released today. Bogue follows the Twitter feed for “@ Your Library” from ALA, which tweeted last week about the library portion of the immigration bill. She will share interesting information with the rest of the board. It helps to know about how libraries are being used as the board advocates for a new building and enhancements in library services.
Jewell shared that St. Louis County measures library usage but does not compare it year to year or to other areas. It shows up on a survey as one of the metrics that measures the quality of life in St. Louis County. The survey is based on a set of questions developed by State Auditor.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.