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Library Board Meeting Minutes: May 27, 2014

Call to Order:  President Brissett called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.  Spooner requested to add an item about a policy on art and local artifacts under “new business.” On a motion by D’Allaird, seconded by Katz, the agenda was approved as amended.

Members Present:  Sister Edith Bogue, Jane Brissett, Dan D’Allaird, Virginia Katz, Printha Markert, Megan Oswald, Peter Spooner
Also Present: Carla Powers
Absent: Frank Jewell

Minutes: On a motion by D’Allaird, the library board minutes of the regular meeting of April 22 were approved as drafted. 


Friends of the Duluth Public Library – Powers
The written report was reviewed. Markert mentioned that Milissa Brooks-Ojibway was nominated by the Friends for a seat as the foundation board liaison.  he annual book sale will take place June 10 through 13, and yard signs are available for pickup after the meeting.

Duluth Library Foundation – D’Allaird
Katz mentioned that on Monday, June 2 at 5 p.m. there will be a ceremony to honor a donor who has given more than $10,000 to the foundation. Katharine Coventry will place her plaque in the Andrew Carnegie section of the donor wall, and this will be followed by a brief reception with cake and lemonade. Council President Linda Krug will speak, and Councilor Emily Larson will also be in attendance. Katz extended an invitation to the board. Brissett asked about unfilled seats on the foundation board.  A representative from Maurices is still being sought.


Old Business:    

Main library needs assessment - Powers provided a written update, which was reviewed. Brissett noted that having Whitney Crettol at the table was helpful. There was discussion of the size of the citizen steering committee and membership. The facility planning team has in mind a group of nine to 12.

Collection development policy and process for challenging material - D’Allaird shared the documents that he drafted and asked for feedback. The revised documents are shorter and easier for a patron to complete. There was discussion of the section that asks whether the patron has read the entire work. This could be off-putting, but is intended to ensure that the person understands the entire context of the work. Bogue suggested asking “How much of the book did you read?” and providing a continuum to check off the appropriate amount. The board will look at policy one more time before voting on it in June.

Fine amnesty - There was discussion of how the program will be assessed and suggestions for how to publicize it.

New Business:

Art and local artifacts - Spooner mentioned that many libraries have art exhibit spaces. He will talk to David Ouse next week about the status of library art, contents of the art collection, etc. Space will need to be built into any new building, which will be something for facilities committee to decide. This item will be placed on next month’s agenda. 

Review of chapter 2 of “From Awareness to Funding” - Bogue shared her certificate from the Library Advocacy Unshushed online program. She said that one of the most important concepts that came out of the course was that the people who use the library and the people who go to the polls to ensure the library is funded adequately are often not the same group. This information will be important as the building project moves forward, no matter whether the project turns out to be a renovation or new construction. Bogue added another point that came up later in course: that the emphasis should be on showing how the library helps people meet their goals, rather than on highlighting the library’s goals. Powers noted that the strategic plan took this approach. Katz mentioned that there were people at Libations last year who had never been in the library before, but are supporters for the community good.

The next section is “Elected Officials and Library Support,” which will be discussed in June. The contents of the online course are still available to anyone who would like to register for it.   


Powers shared an email received by Youth Services Coordinator Sue Schumacher about a Families in Transition event at the library. The children who participated in this program enjoyed the library more than any other site they visited.

Manager’s report: There was discussion about One Book, One Community and awareness in the community about library projects in general. There was a reminder about an upcoming workshop for library trustees that will take place in Cloquet.



Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the West Duluth Branch Library.

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