President Andrew Slade called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, and reviewed the agenda.
Present: E. Bogue, J. Brissett, D. D'Allaird, L. Benson Johnson,
V. Katz, P. Markert, A. Slade, P. Spooner, C. Powers,
Excused: M. Watson
Approval of Minutes
The Library Board minutes of the May 26, 2009, meeting were approved as distributed.
Communications were reviewed and discussed.
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library - Markert
Plans for the Sidewalk Days sale July 8 through 10 are proceeding well. There is still a need for volunteers for the annual book sale in August. On August 22, Barnes & Noble will hold a special event to benefit the Friends of the Library. The Friends will hand out vouchers for the event. Customers who present a voucher will have a portion of the proceeds from their purchases donated to the Friends. Wendy Grethen, the new PR person for the Friends, has designed a poster listing "25 Things You Can Do at Duluth Public Library."
There was a suggestion to expand upon this idea and create a poster listing things that people can do to help the library.
B. Manager's Report - Powers
The Manager's Report, which was distributed with board packets, was reviewed, and the Board Briefing was discussed.
C. Board Briefing - Powers
Business Plan 2010 - 2014: Based on feedback from Lisa Potswald, the library's business plan has been revised somewhat. Lisa's comments on the revision were positive. She has indicated that the next step in the process will be to establish performance measures. D'Allaird asked whether the emphasis on staff efficiency will eventually lead to burnout. Powers said that efficiency was brought up in the context of finding different ways of accomplishing tasks or identifying tasks that can be eliminated without having a negative impact on services. However, it's clear that if/when the library gets to a point where no further efficiencies can be found, any cut in funding would result in a decrease in core services. Bogue said that it would be helpful to include more details about library home delivery service, such as what the service encompassed and who is no longer receiving it. There was consensus that it would be helpful to give as much information as possible about how library services impact specific user populations. Slade asked whether the Library Board needs to approve the business plan. Powers said she would check with Potswald and let board members know.
ALS Governing Board Representative: The board approved the nomination of Brissett to serve a three-year term on the ALS Board of Trustees. Powers will draft a letter to this effect, to be signed by Slade and sent to the library system.
Hours at Mt. Royal Branch: Brissett mentioned that a book club has expressed an interest in raising money in order to add an additional day of service at this branch. There was consensus that it's not possible to cover staffing costs with fundraising dollars. However, it would be good to harness this kind of community enthusiasm. Slade will contact Adele Krusz to explore partnership opportunities with the Friends and the Foundation.
The meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. in the Library's Conference Room.