June 2013 - Board Minutes

Owatonna Public Library Board Minutes for June 18, 2013

Owatonna Public Library (OPL) Board of Directors convened their monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Owatonna Public Library. The meeting was called to order by President Russ Dunn-Foster at 4:35 pm. In attendance were: Dunn-Foster, Vice President Eric Mattison, Don Overlie, Library Director Mary Kay Feltes, Assistant Director RenĂ©e Lowery, Children’s Librarian Darla Lager, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Sorensen. Absent were: Secretary Angela Sager, and John Pfeifer.

Dunn-Foster made a motion to add into the agenda under New Business a spot for approval of a Owatonna Public Library Foundation by-law resolution. Mattison seconded. All aye.

Mattison moved to accept the May 2013 Board minutes. Overlie seconded. All aye.

Feltes presented the May 2013 financial report, stating that all was on track for the year.

Lowery presented the Children’s Report during the brief absence of Lager. Children’s Services hosted several class visits during the month of May 2013. St. Isidore’s preschool class, McKinley Kindergarteners, and Kid’s Korner preschoolers all visited for Storytime and a tour in May. The Washington Jumpers, coached by Joanne Stolpa and Russ Dunn-Foster, performed at the library on May 30th. The program was enjoyed by 141 people. During the last two weeks of school, Darla, Joan Rasmussen, Lisa Boutelle, and Sarah Rehborg visited every elementary school in Owatonna for the annual “Summer Reading Program Shout-Out.” A “shout-out” is a presentation to get kids excited about reading and summer programs at the library.

Feltes presented the library use report. Circulation was down 6% at OPL, and up 4% at Blooming Prairie Branch Library (BPBL) for the month of May 2013 compared to May 2012. The people count at OPL was at 18,400 for the month of May 2013, and BPBL had 1,560 people come through the doors. This was a slight increase for BPBL compared to numbers from last year. Inter-library loans (ILLs) showed a decrease in numbers of material both borrowed and lent from OPL and BPBL for the month of May. The number of items lent to customers at other libraries continues to be greater than the number of items borrowed. It is likely a result of a change in Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) ILL system.

Lowery presented the electronic usage report for the month of May. Zinio, the library’s new magazine database, is in its third month and numbers are down slightly as compared to the previous month. FREEGAL use showed 148 customers downloading 866 songs. Lowery mentioned working toward more promotion. OverDrive usage continues to grow.

Feltes reported that the project “Opportunities @ your library®,” the project funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation, is responsible for the renovations in the Reading Room. John Blaha, carpenter for the City of Owatonna, is removing old shelving and constructing high counters at the south end of the room. Painting, carpet, and window treatments are ordered. Furniture for the Reading Room, Teen Room, and Gainey Room has been ordered.

OPL and BPBL have hosted several “Health info @ your library®” programs supported by a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation (BCBS) this year. Every month, OPL hosts a program in English, and one in Spanish. BPBL hosts one program at their location every month. Print materials have been purchased with funds from the grant, as well as eBooks.

In new business, Eric Mattison was elected as OPL Board representative to the Owatonna Public Library Foundation (OPLF) Board of Directors. The OPLF board voted at their annual meeting on June 4, 2013. Mattison will serve a three-year term.

The OPL board reviewed changes to OPLF by-laws. Feltes read a letter from attorney Steve Smith in regards to the mission of the Owatonna Public Library Foundation. Overlie motioned to approve the resolution supporting a change in OPLF by-laws, and Mattison seconded. All aye.

Dunn-Foster adjourned the meeting at 5:17 pm. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Owatonna Public Library.

Respectfully submitted,

Dawn Sorensen