March 2014 - Board Minutes

Owatonna Public Library Board Minutes of March 18, 2014

The Owatonna Public Library (OPL) board of directors held the monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. In attendance were: President Russ Dunn-Foster, Vice President Eric Mattison, John Pfeifer, Library Director Mary Kay Feltes, Children’s Librarian Darla Lager, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Sorensen. Don Overlie was present via SKYPE. Secretary Angela Sager was absent.

Dunn-Foster called the meeting to order at 4:32 pm. Dunn-Foster adjusted the agenda to move the Children’s Services report ahead of the February board minute reviewal.

Lager presented the Children’s Services report for February 2014. February is “I Love to Read!” month. Storytime was held twelve times during the month with an attendance of 320 people. This total includes the 93 people that attended “Dr. Seuss on the Loose,” the Family Fun Night for February 2014. Junior Achievement was held three times during the month with a total attendance of 22 people. Adventure Club, a program held in partnership with Steele County 4-H, had 13 people learning about snow and winter survival. The children packed survival kits to donate, and learned about what should go in each kit and why. Trinity Preschool visited three times with 29 children, parents, and teacher enjoying a tour, storytime, and checking out books. Headstart visited the library for a storytime for fathers and their children. A group of 22 fathers and their children listened to stories. St. Mary’s Kindergarten visited with 48 students and teachers enjoying a tour, storytime, and checking out books.

Pfeifer made a motion to approve the February board minutes, and Mattison seconded. All aye.

Feltes presented the financial report and the use report for February 2014. Circulation numbers for OPL in February 2014 were 19,404 a decrease of 4.4% compared to February 2013. At the Blooming Prairie Branch Library (BPBL), circulation was 2,257, an increase of 15.6% compared to February 2013. Overall, circulation at both locations is down 3% compared to February 2013. OPL had 162 new borrowers for the month of February 2014, and BPBL had 3. Inter-library loans (ILLs) decreased in both lending materials out and borrowing materials into OPL and BPBL for the month of February 2014. OPL had 1,516 items lent out to other libraries, and 1,208 items borrowed in for the month of February 2014. BPBL had 395 items lent out and borrowed in 243 items for February 2014. Both locations lent more materials than borrowed. At OPL, 18,358 people walked through the doors in February 2014, and BPBL had 1,011. Both locations showed similar numbers from February 2013.

Feltes reported that eBooks continued to have high check-outs at OPL for the southeastern region of Minnesota. Patrons downloaded 1,063 eBooks and 141 eAudio songs for the month of February 2014. Freegal, the music database, had 94 patrons downloading 596 songs in 34 genres for February 2014. Zinio, the magazine database had 206 digital magazine downloads for the month of February 2014. 10 movies were streamed via IndieFlix, the independent movie database for the month of February 2014.

Feltes gave the final report for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant project. She noted that the Owatonna Public Library Foundation also donated funds to the project. Feltes is in the process of completing the final report for the Otto Bremer Foundation grant project.

Dunn-Foster noted that Mattison and Sager would be ending their term on the board in April 2014. On May 14, 2014 at the City Council meeting, Mayor Tom Kuntz will acknowledge exiting board members. Dunn-Foster also noted a correction to the information on the minutes from April 2013. Don Overlie was elected to a third term by Mayor Kuntz in May 2013. Overlie’s term as Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) representative ended July 2013. Pfeifer was elected SELCO representative in May 2013. Feltes thanked Mattison for his many years of service to the board.

Feltes reported on the strategic plan for the City of Owatonna for 2014-16. Kris Busse, City Administrator, identified key issues that would benefit from collaboration with other government organizations:

  • Technology to improve effectiveness
  • Beautify key entrances to the City to foster economic growth

The four key focus area goals were: Infrastructure, Economic Vitality, Quality of Life, and Residential Redevelopment for strategic planning. The library addition is included as quality of life: “Evaluate need for OPL building addition and enhancements.”

Dunn-Foster adjourned the meeting at 5:13 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Sorensen