Call to Order: President Dan D'Allaird called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, and reviewed the agenda. The agenda was approved as drafted.
Members Present: Dan D'Allaird, Sister Edith Bogue, Jane Brissett,
Liz Benson Johnson, Virginia Katz, Printha Markert, Andrew Slade,
Peter Spooner, Martha Watson
Also Present: Carla Powers
Approval of Minutes
The Library Board minutes of the regular meeting of June 22, 2010 meeting were approved.
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library - Markert
Final numbers aren't in yet, but the book sale was successful again this year. The lawn signs provided good publicity. Laps Around the Library will take place September 25 at 9:30 a.m. Friends participated in the Spirit Valley Days Parade, handing out flyers and coupons for the book sale. The Friends sent flowers to Main and the branches as a thank-you for the additional branch hours that went into effect in June.
B. Arrowhead Library System - Brissett
Whitney Crettol provided an update on strategic planning at the last ALS board meeting, including information about the priorities that different libraries have selected. The board approved additional funding for Legacy Amendment programs and got an update on the statewide return-on-investment study for public libraries that will be done by the UMD business school.
C. School District Partnership Meeting - Bogue, Powers
Bogue and Powers gave a brief summary of a meeting that took place with Mayor Ness, Lisa Potswald, Judy Sheriff, Keith Dixon, Keith Anderson, and the two of them regarding a potential partnership with ISD 709. The school district is interested in opening its new buildings, including school libraries, to the public. As a result of the meeting, Dixon and Anderson have been invited to join the library's strategic planning team. Meeting participants agreed to pursue a pilot project at one of the schools next summer or fall.
Strategic planning - Powers gave an update on the planning process so far. Community and staff focus groups have wrapped up. Whitney Crettol is compiling a summary of the focus group sessions, as well as library statistics and information about the community. This information will be passed along to the planning team after Labor Day.
Summer Reading Wrap-up - Powers shared statistics on the summer reading program for children, teens and adults.
2011 Budget Update - A status quo budget has been submitted
for next year. The mayor will present the administration's 2011
budget proposal to the city council on August 30. This will be
followed by departmental presentations in September.
The meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.
The next meeting will take place Tuesday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the library's conference room.
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