September 2013 - Board Minutes

Owatonna Public Library Board Minutes of Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Owatonna Public Library (OPL) Board of Directors convened the monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Owatonna Public Library. The meeting was called to order by President Russ Dunn-Foster at 4:35 pm. In attendance were: Vice President Eric Mattison, Secretary Angela Sager, Don Overlie, John Pfeifer, Library Director Mary Kay Feltes, Assistant Director Renée Lowery, Children’s Librarian Darla Lager, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Sorensen.

Pfeifer made a motion to approve the August 2013 board minutes, Sager seconded. All aye.

Lager gave the Children’s Services report for August 2013. The last book fair of the summer was held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 with 926 people attending. Lager visited TriValley Headstart twice during the month of August. She read to 65 students and staff. Storytime was held on two Tuesdays in August, with 203 people attending. Two additional programs were held in August as part of the summer reading program activities. “Corrugation” was attended by 63 people, and “Create-A-Craft” was attended by 59 people.

Feltes presented the financial report for OPL. The financial report is on track for the year. OPL is currently without a Tech Assistant and Desk Assistant. Ryan Brown, Tech Coordinator for the City of Owatonna, and Renée Lowery are currently part of the City of Owatonna’s interview team, interviewing for the position. Feltes noted a delay in the comparable worth report for the Desk Assistant position.

Feltes reported that circulation decreased by less than 2% in August 2013 compared to August 2012. The Blooming Prairie Branch Library (BPBL) had circulation increase by over 3% for the month of August 2013 compared to August 2012. OPL added 121 new borrowers for the month, down 12% from August 2012. BPBL added 7 new borrowers. Inter-library loans (ILLs) decreased for both OPL and BPBL in both lending and borrowing materials. The people count for OPL was 22,799, approximately the same as August 2012. BPBL showed a slight increase for August 2013 at 2,145 compared to August 2012.

Lowery presented the usage report for OPL. Digital eBook circulation has increased for August 2013 compared to August 2012. FreeGal, the music streaming database, decreased on downloads compared to August 2012. IndieFlix, a film streaming database, showed a decrease in downloads for August 2013 compared to July 2013. eBook downloads increased for the month of August 2013 compared to August 2012. OPL continues to lead the southeastern region of Minnesota in eBook downloads.

Sorensen reported on upcoming programs for OPL and BPBL. At OPL on September 16, 2013, staff from MNsure presented to a group of 21 attendees. Future programs include a Spanish language presentation by MNsure staff on September 24, 2013. These programs are made possible through the grant from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota (BCBS). In October, staff from the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota will present “Navigating the Health Care System” on October 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at OPL. At BPBL, the film A Place at the Table will be shown on October 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm. A panel discussion will follow the showing.

In grant news, Feltes reported that Tierney Brothers will be installing new technology in the Gainey Room. The City of Owatonna crew is currently finishing electrical work in the Gainey Room to expedite this impending install. Painting in the Gainey Room begins in late September. During renovation of the Gainey Room, from October through December 2013, programs and public meetings will be held in Children’s Services. The project is made possible by a grant awarded to OPL by the Otto Bremer Foundation and funds from the Owatonna Public Library Foundation. Programs, eBooks, and print materials for both OPL and BPBL continue as part of the BCBS grant.

Feltes reported on budget preparation for 2014. On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, Feltes will present the budget to the City Council in a Study Session at 5:30 pm. The board was invited to attend. The 2014 proposed budget as printed was changed from the budget as prepared by Feltes. Expenses for Information personnel, part-time wages, digital materials, and other items were changed. In 2014, Information personnel expenses will be paid 75% from Administration and 25% from the Library budget. The part-time Parks & Recreation janitorial position’s wages were transferred to the library budget from Parks & Recreation for 2014. Feltes stated that carpeting is included for the second floor of the 1993 addition for 2014 as part of the Capital Improvement Project budget.

Dunn-Foster adjourned the meeting at 5:03 pm.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Sorensen