The meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board was called to order by President Dean Casperson at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2008.
Present: D. Casperson, D. D'Allaird, V. Katz, M. Lynch, P.
Markert, A. Slade, D. Ouse
Excused: L. Benson Johnson, M.A. Korsch
Approval of Minutes from Library Board meeting
The Library Board minutes from the February 26, 2008 meeting were approved as distributed.
Library remodeling bookmark
Library remodeling fact sheet
Article-"Library's Updates to Limit Access," DNT, Feb. 28, 2008
Article-"No Browsing for Books Allowed," Duluth Budgeteer News, Mar. 16, 2008
Article-"Patrons Startled by Library Upheaval," DNT, Mar. 18, 2008
Information on three donors of trust funds used for library remodeling-Robert N. Brownlee, Mary V. Fulton, and Lillian Naslund
Article-"Message of Peace Through Education Inspires Community," DNT, Mar. 16, 2008
Article-"Paying his Respects," DNT, Mar. 16, 2008
Notice on Data Classification-City of Duluth Boards and Commissions
Arrowhead Library System Governing Board-Information
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library
Mystery Night in the Stacks will be held at the Mt. Royal Branch Library this year (because of remodeling at the Main Library) on Friday, April 18, 2008, starting at 6:00 p.m. Author Erin Hart will be the guest speaker.
The Friends Board is in need of someone to volunteer for the position of Treasurer.
B. Director's Report
The West Duluth Branch remained open during remodeling. There has been a delay in the delivery of some shelving, but otherwise the work is completed.
The remodeling of the Main Library is proceeding. Work on the Computer Lab began March 7, and the carpeting project started March 17. The whole project seems to be progressing pretty quickly.
Starting March 17, the top two floors of the Main Library, with the exception of the Superior Street lobby and the Circulation Desk, were closed to the public. The Green Room is open for Reference services, Internet computers, current newspapers and magazines, OPACs, reference databases, photocopier, and microfilm reader/printers. Staff are available to retrieve materials for people from both the Green Room and the Superior Street lobby.
Greg Mortenson's appearance on March 19 for the One Book, One Community program was a great success. The DECC Auditorium was mostly full, and Greg received several standing ovations from the crowd. Mayor Ness participated by introducing students who had collected money for Greg.
The resolution appointing Printha Markert to the Library Board, replacing Jim Berg, passed the Duluth City Council on March 24.
According to an email from the City Attorney, the Minnesota Commissioner of Administration has classified home addresses, private telephone numbers, and private email addresses of members of city boards and commissions as classified. D. Ouse will investigate this.
There is an opening for a Duluth Public Library Board member on the Arrowhead Library System Governing Board, on which B. Kelly is an at-large member. Please contact D. Ouse if you are interested in this position.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 4:30 p.m.