The meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board was called to order by President Dean Casperson at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
Present: L. Benson Johnson, D. Casperson, V. Katz, A. Slade
Excused: D. D'Allaird, M. Lynch
Absent: M.A. Korsch, P. Markert
Approval of Minutes from Library Board meeting
There was not a quorum, so approval of the minutes is delayed until the May meeting.
Duluth Public Library Board Bylaws
Resolution Honoring City of Duluth Library Employees
Library "bullet points" for the mayor's 100-day assessment
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library
The Friends Board voted in their April meeting to donate money to the Library to purchase equipment to fix up the building after the remodeling
project is completed. Library staff will submit ideas for the next Board meeting.
B. Director's Report
Main Library Remodeling: The remodeling project is going well. We will close the Library to the public starting April 23, and we plan to open the top two floors on May 1. At that time, the Michigan Street level will be closed to the public and work will commence there.
David's Meeting with Lisa Potswald: I met with Lisa on April 15 to discuss Library issues and show her the remodeling. Lisa wants to have individual meetings with department directors monthly.
ALS Annual Dinner: The Arrowhead Library System Annual Dinner is Tuesday evening, May 13. Three DPL staff members will attend.
National Library Workers Day: April 15 was National Library Workers Day. City Councilor Jeff Anderson wrote a resolution honoring Duluth Public Library employees, and Mayor Ness visited the Library on April 15 with a proclamation recognizing the Library staff.
Budget: The city administration is working on solutions to an approximately $5.4 million budget shortfall for 2008. D. Casperson suggested using trust fund money to supplement the Library's budget.
Election of Board Officers: Nominations for officers were opened. Andrew Slade was nominated to serve President; Dan D'Allaird was nominated for Vice President. Due to the lack of a quorum, the election will be held at the May meeting.
L. Benson Johnson suggested that minutes and other Board documents be posted on the Library's web page, eliminating the need for Board members to keep loose-leaf notebooks of Board documents. D. Ouse will investigate setting that up.
The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at 4:30