Call to Order: President Dan D'Allaird called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:35 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2011. The agenda was approved as drafted.
Members Present: Dan D'Allaird,
Jane Brissett, Sister Edith Bogue, Liz Benson Johnson, Printha
Markert, Andrew Slade
Also Present: Carla Powers
Excused: Virginia Katz, Peter Spooner, Martha Watson
Approval of Minutes
The Library Board minutes of the regular meeting of November 23, 2010 meeting were approved.
A. Friends of the Duluth Public Library - Markert
The Friends have not met since the last meeting of the library board. The group held a book fair at Barnes & Noble in December and has planned its annual book sale for June instead of August this year.
B. Arrowhead Library System - Brissett
The ALS board approved a 1% pay increase for staff in 2011. The 2011 budget includes a $76,000 deficit, but the deficit may be erased by an overage in 2010. The ALS budget was impacted by a change in the formula for Regional Library Basic System Support (RLBSS) due to the metro area experiencing a more significant loss in property values than greater Minnesota. The Buhl Library is considering withdrawing from ALS.
C. Duluth Library Foundation - Slade
The Foundation approved a $1700 expenditure to support the One Book, One Community project. Wendy Wennberg, who provides staffing support, will retire when her contract expires on February 7. The Foundation is looking for a replacement.
D. One Book, One Community - Brissett
Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, will make an appearance at the Marshall School auditorium on April 14 at 7 p.m. Earlier in the day he will speak to students at the school. In addition, appearances in Cloquet and Virginia are being scheduled.
Consider request from Bookworm Garden Club to host fundraiser in Green Room - Motion was passed to support offering meeting room space to the Bookworm Garden Club once a year for fundraising purposes, in recognition of their service to the library.
Approve 2011-2015 Strategic Plan - The following changes were suggested:
Discussion about whether timeline for first year's action plan is too ambitious. Powers will relay this concern to Lisa Potswald and make adjustments to timeline if recommended. Motion was passed to approve the plan with the minor changes suggested.
The meeting adjourned at 6:45
The next meeting will take place Tuesday, February 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the library's conference room.
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