DULUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD
Minutes of Meeting: April 28, 2009
President Andrew Slade called the meeting of the Duluth Public
Library Board to order at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2009,
and reviewed the agenda.
Present: J. Brissett, D. D'Allaird, V. Katz, P. Markert, A.
Slade, P. Spooner, M. Watson, C. Powers, J. Sheriff, R. Zurn
Excused: L. Benson Johnson, E. Bogue
Approval of Minutes
The Library Board minutes of the March 24, 2009, meeting were
approved as distributed.
- Director's Report, Library news from March 2009
- Handout re regional library system structure and funding
(plus related links)
- Information from MLA lobbyist re possible MN library study
- PDFs of bibliographies to accompany Population: 485 (One
Book One Community)
- Revised roster of Library Board members
- Flyer: Be Creative at your Library (summer program information
- Flyer: Express Yourself at your Library (summer program
information - teens)
- Invitation: Arrowhead Library System annual dinner
- BookPage (May 2009)
- Article: "Library System Is our Hidden Gem" (Hermantown
Star, April 23-39, 2009)
Communications were reviewed and discussed.
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library - P. Markert
Friends are preparing for involvement in two activities in addition
to the booksale: 1) 5/2 Poet Laureate program in Green Room, 2)
5/17 NEMBA awards at UMD. The group also expects to participate
in Sidewalk Days during the summer. In the survey taken last month
about money raising ideas, developing more of a public presence
and building membership received the most votes. The annual meeting
will be at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 19 in the Green Room. The
Mystery Dinner attracted approximate 50 people. Library staff
enjoyed the leftovers the next day!
B. Directors' Report - J. Sheriff, R. Zurn
- Manager, Library Services update: After the recommendation
of the interview panel and approval from Mark Winson, Carla Powers,
director of the Rice Lake (WI) Public Library was offered the
position of Library Manager for the Duluth Public Library. She
accepted and will begin work on Monday, May 18. [This is a very
small paragraph about a very significant event!]
- Staffing Plan 2009 - a good news update: As reported
last month, laid off employees were offered selected jobs as
part of an agreement with the Union. Library positions were not
on the list of selected jobs, though laid off library employees
were part of the pool being offered other positions. In the process
of working out all the details, an administrative decision was
made to offer vacant librarian positions to our laid off librarians.
As a result, Julie Kapke returned to her full time position in
Reference on Monday, April 20. Mary Vanderwerp returned the
same day to a half time position and will be working in Popular
Library. Susan Schumacher will return to a half time position
in Youth Services on Monday, May 4. Sue and Mary are partners
in a jobshare agreement. Two Library Technicians remain on the
rehire list. Four positions (3.8 FTE) remain unfilled in the
- Wireless access: Customers are beginning to use our
wireless system. When logging in, the Library's Internet policy
page appears and must be accepted before access is complete.
Board members were shown this page on a notebook computer. The
Board approved policy can be found at http://www.duluth.lib.mn.us/Internet/Policy.html
- Gates grant - another good news update: Council has
approved our participation in the Gates hardware grant. The State
Library informed us that we have been allocated one additional
public computer for the Main Library, so we will receive funding
for 40 computers plus software and peripherals during the two-year
grant period. Renee Zurn and MIS jointly determined that we would
be able to make room for all the computers offered to Mt. Royal,
so the full allocation is being accepted. Library staff are working
closely with City MIS on this project.
- Michael Ashcraft replaces Mark Winson: CAO Mark Winson
is returning to his position at Lake Superior College. Mayor
Ness selected Michael Ashcraft, who had previously applied for
the CAO position, to take his place. Ashcraft will start on May
11. The Library provided Ashcraft with Duluth history information,
at his request.
- Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund grant: The $1000 that
was received has been used to provide 44 subscriptions (28 from
grant funds, 16 reimbursed by St. Luke's Hospital) to Babybug
magazine to area agencies (more information in Director's Report)
and to purchase new board books for the collections in all three
libraries. A final report will be sent to the Duluth Superior
Community Foundation this summer.
- Grant via ISD 709 Early Childhood Special Education:
For many years, ISD 709 has had a parent resource library for
early childhood special education. Their committee decided that
the materials would likely be far better used if housed at the
Main Library. Currently held materials are being evaluated; any
that meet current criteria will be transferred to the Library.
Also, we will soon receive $1000 through ISD 709 for the purchase
of new materials. We anticipate that we will also receive $500-$1000
in subsequent years, as this money comes from a long-standing
grant to the District from the State.
- One Book One Community main event: Don't forget that
Michael Perry, author of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors
One Siren at a Time will be appearing on Friday, May 1 at 7:30
p.m. at Lake Superior College.
- Unique Management: The Library's trial period for
this collection agency will begin on May 18. Regular notices
that customers receive indicate that accounts may be referred
to a collection agency. This policy is likely to affect less
than 1% of library customers. This procedure replaces the Library's
use of the Minnesota Revenue Recapture program because that program
now requires social security numbers.
The Board reviewed the handouts and asked questions about
regional library system structure and funding. The Minnesota Library
Association lobbyist reports that the legislature may study this
Spooner reported that discussions regarding an art collection
policy for the library are continuing.
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.
in the Library's Conference Room.