The meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board was called to order by President Andrew Slade at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.
Present: D. Casperson, D. D'Allaird, V. Katz, A. Slade, M.
Watson, D. Ouse
Excused: L. Benson Johnson
Absent: P. Markert
Approval of Minutes from Library Board meeting
The Library Board minutes from the May 27, 2008, meeting were approved as distributed.
Library Fines and Fees (proposed)
List of Library Fees and Fines 2008
Duluth Public Library--Statistics
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library
At their June meeting, the Friends Board voted to give $7,500 to the Library to purchase signage and make other improvements. The Friends Board also is giving the Library money to fund the 10th anniversary celebration at Mt. Royal in July.
B. Director's Report
Main Library remodeling is practically finished. The Michigan Street level reopened to the public on Monday, June 23.
The city is trying to solve a $4.4 million deficit for 2008. The Library's contribution to the solution is: combine the Library and Parks & Recreation director position; eliminate one vacant Librarian II position; do not fill other vacancies this year; and increase fines and fees by $20,000 a year.
The cost saving measures above will leave us with seven vacant positions out of our total budgeted staff of 57.3 FTE. It will be difficult for us to open branches six days a week in the fall.
Martha Watson's appointment to the Library Board was approved by the City Council at the 6/9/08 meeting. She is replacing Mavis Whiteman. Mary Anne Korsch resigned from the Board on 6/9/08 because of a meeting time conflict with work.
On June 16, David attended a meeting at the Cloquet Public Library to discuss reimbursement to Minnesota public libraries for services to non-residents of their communities. Rep. Mary Murphy and Sen. Tony Lourey, along with others, attended.
The 10th anniversary of the Mt. Royal Branch Library will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 16, at 3:00 p.m.
Fine and fee increases: The following increases have been proposed-
Billing service charge: $2.00 increased to $3.00
Card Replacement: $2.00 to $3.00
Extended use fines (per day) Adult items: $.25 to $.30
Computer lab rental (4 hours or less): $110.00 to $150.00
Dean Casperson moved the changes be approved. Virginia Katz seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
Combined Parks and Libraries department: Andrew Slade offered to write a letter to Mayor Ness to get some clarification on the city's reorganization plan.
The meeting adjourned at 5:25 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 4:30