Call to Order:President Bogue called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. On a motion by Katz, seconded by Markert, the agenda was approved.
Members Present: Sister Edith Bogue, Jane Brissett, Dan
D'Allaird, Liz Benson Johnson, Virginia Katz, Printha Markert,
Also Present: Roshanda Smiley, Carla Powers
Excused: Frank Jewell, Peter Spooner
Approval of Minutes
On a motion by D'Allaird, seconded by Katz, the library board minutes of the regular meeting of October 23 were approved as drafted.
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library - Markert
The Barnes & Noble Book Fair will take place this Saturday, December 1. The annual holiday book sale at Main is scheduled for December 5 and 6. The Friends' next author event, which will feature Brian Freeman, will take place in September of 2013. It had been tentatively scheduled for May; however, the publication for Freeman's latest book has been delayed.
B. Duluth Library Foundation - Katz/D'Allaird
The Foundation's "Libations in the Library" event is scheduled for this evening. A fundraising mailing went out last week.
C. Stability in Funding Committee - D'Allaird
No update at this time.
D. One Book, One Community - Brissett
After originally choosing three books for young people, the committee decided to scale back and continue the tradition of highlighting just one youth title. It will be "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliett. Brissett approached Balliett about making a visit to Duluth, but the author declined. Susan Vreeland, the author of the adult selection, will be making an appearance in the region April 16 through 18, 2013. Renee Zurn is working on securing funding for a Minnesota Book Award author to come to Duluth and speak in conjunction with One Book. Several other programs already have been set up.
Talking points. No update at this time.
Update on potential building
project. Powers showed
board members a draft of a survey designed to gather information
about what areas of the city library visitors are coming from,
how they get to the library, and what else they do in conjunction
with their library visit. The survey will be conducted by an AmeriCorps
worker at Main and the branches during specified hours the week
of December 3. In January Powers will schedule another meeting
with Dave Montgomery, Roshanda Smiley and Tari Rayala.
Appearance at city council meeting. Bogue described plans to thank the city council in January, one year after the expansion of branch hours. D'Allaird said that the Vote Yes committee has some money left and is planning to donate it to the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund. He offered to coordinate a joint appearance with Vote Yes members, perhaps for the January 28 city council meeting. Powers will compile year-end library usage statistics that can be shared at this meeting.
New library board member. There was further discussion about the process of getting a new member appointed once Johnson's term expires in March. Powers will contact the city clerk's office to find out whether anyone is on a waiting list.
The meeting adjourned at 5:40
The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 22.
Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802