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Call to Order: Vice president Brissett called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. As this was only the second board meeting for new member Megan Oswald, introductions were made. On a motion by D’Allaird, seconded by Katz, the agenda was approved.
Members Present: Jane Brissett, Dan D’Allaird, Frank Jewell, Virginia Katz, Printha Markert, Megan Oswald, Peter Spooner
Also Present: Carla Powers
Excused: Sister Edith Bogue, Andrew Slade
Minutes: On a motion by Katz, seconded by D’Allaird, the library board minutes of the regular meeting of April 23 were approved as drafted.
Friends of the Library – Markert/PowersD’Allaird complimented the Friends of this year’s lawn signs advertising the book sale. The signs are well done and very readable.
Duluth Library Foundation – D’AllairdA news conference is scheduled for tomorrow to unveil the new outdoor furniture on the upper plaza. Speakers at the news conference will include Joan Gardner-Goodno of the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Greg Benson of Loll Designs, and Mayor Ness.
ALS Legacy Committee – BrissettThere was a recent report from the Minnesota Library Association that Legacy funds will make it possible for some small movie theaters in rural parts of the state to convert to digital technology. There was a question whether the governor’s planned veto of some of the environmental appropriations in the Legacy bill will endanger library funding. Because of the governor’s line-item veto authority, chances are it will have no effect. If Powers hears that library Legacy funding is in jeopardy she will notify board members so they can contact legislators.
Library Manager’s Report – PowersKatz asked whether the planned donation from Ann Behling could be passed through the foundation. Powers had brought this up with the Friends member who is coordinating the donation and was told that the donor wants the money to go directly to the library. D’Allaird asked how many people used to receive Home Library Service before it was dropped several years ago. Approximately 100 people were enrolled in HLS when it ended due to budget cuts in 2008.
Update on potential building project. Powers reported that she has obtained two sample RFPs from public libraries for projects to gather community input in advance of a building project. Public Administration Director Roshanda Smiley wants to set up a meeting with Mayor Ness and Dave Montgomery to discuss next steps.
One Book, One Community coordinator. Due to Brissett’s retirement, Powers intends to put together an RFP seeking a new independent contractor for this project.
Library technician hiring. The library is in the process of hiring one full-time technician to fill a position that is vacant due to a promotion, and a part-time technician position that is new. A total of 80 applications have been submitted for the positions, and a written Civil Service exam is scheduled for this Saturday.
Handouts for the summer reading program and winning bookmarks from the recent bookmark contest were passed around.
Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m. and was followed by a brief tour of the library’s computer resources. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 25.