SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMISSION

Minutes of the regular meeting of Thursday, August 17, 2006.

(As approved September 21, 2006)

The San Francisco Public Library Commission held a regular meeting on Thursday, August 17, 2006 in the Koret Auditorium, Main Library.

 

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Coulter at 4:09pm.

 

Commissioners present: Chin, Coulter, Gomez, and Munson.

President Higueras and Commissioners Bautista and Kane were reported excused attendance. A quorum was present.

 

 

Vice President Coulter announced that Agenda Item #7 Library Commission Recognition Policy would be continued to a future meeting.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #1 PUBLIC COMMENT

 

 

An anonymous member of the public discussed: their opposition to the Friend’s of the Library; described their concept of a “verandah factor”; and concerning distractions and the Commissioners’ priorities.

 

Ms. Ellie Aramburu, Friend’s Board member and former farm worker spoke about: not understanding the application of the “verandah factor” to the Library; the August 19th closing party for the Western Addition Branch Library; and upcoming Friend’s sponsored “Poet’s Eleven” and annual “Big Book Sale” activities.

 

Ms. Joan Notochalco, a member of “Save the Bernal Preschool”, spoke about: disappointment at the approval of the Library’s Budget without funds for the Preschool; about the importance of the Preschool to her community; and the community social interaction value of retaining the Preschool in or adjacent to the Branch Library.

 

Ms. Lurilla Harris reported on the Public Utilities Commission’s plans to provide $250,000 to fund solar power installations at branch library projects this year and next year.

 

Mr. Peter Warfield commented:  suggesting the “verandah factor” related to their management rather than to the libraries; and expressed concerns about the potential impact of proposed Library of Congress cataloging changes.

 

AGENDA ITEM #2 APPROVAL OF THE JULY 20, 2006 LIBRARY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

 

 

Public Comment on AGENDA ITEM #2 APPROVAL OF THE JULY 20, 2006 LIBRARY COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

 

An anonymous member of the public noted: the June 1st minutes were not yet approved; that these minutes were bizarre, corrupt, disinformation; that the heading of Agenda

Item #6 the first matter taken up was incorrectly identified as Agenda Item #5 in subsequent headings; and concerning an imbalance in the reporting of the details Mr. Crossman’s comments.

 

Mr. Peter Warfield commented; that he wanted more details reported, requested deletion of word “attributed” characterizing one of his comments; and said that some details of his other comments had not been reported.

 

Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #2 APPROVAL OF THE JULY 20, 2006 LIBRARY COMMISSION MEETING

 

The Commission Secretary concurred with the anonymous member of the public’s observation that some agenda item headings were inconsistently numbered and proposed to correct them. Commissioner Gomez expressed preference for brevity in reporting the minutes and observed that the Commission spent far too much time on the approval of minutes instead of focusing on important matters. Commissioner Chin heartily concurred with this view. Commissioner Munson noted that as a new Commissioner he was dismayed at the amount of time expended during Commission meetings hearing repetitive and unconstructive public comment which he found detracted from meeting time available to address issues.

 

MOTION: by Commissioner Gomez, 2nd by Commissioner Munson for approval of the Library Commission Meeting Minutes of July 20, 2006 as corrected.

 

ACTION:  4-0 AYE (Chin, Coulter, Gomez, and Munson)

 

AGENDA ITEM #3 FRIEND’S OF THE LIBRARY REPORT

 

 Friend’s Executive Director Donna Bero devoted her report to presentations focusing on successful partnerships sponsored by the Friend’s of the Library. Ms. Bero began with an update on the very successful “One City, One Book” citywide reading program, this year featuring the Luis Alberto Urrea novel The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

 

The Friend’s Executive Director then discussed ongoing Capital Campaign for Neighborhood Libraries activities highlighting the August 19th closing party for the Western Addition Branch Library.

 

Ms Bero then described initial stages of the Friend’s sponsored city wide poetry completion “Poet’s Eleven” in collaboration with San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman.

 

Ms. Bero next presented a brief update on the Friend’s recent July 7, 2006 “Forum on the Future of Libraries”; noting a report would be forthcoming. Ms. Bero then presented the Commissioners with copies of “Long Overdue” a report prepared by Public Agenda in cooperation with Americans’ for Libraries Council (alc) supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on public and leadership attitudes about our public libraries, and discussing some of its findings.

 

Ms. Bero concluded her Report by providing the Commissioner’s with a copy of a newsletter sent to his constituents by Assemblyman Mark Leno that called attention to the importance of and value of our public libraries and the important supportive role played by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

 

 

Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #3 FRIEND’S OF THE LIBRARY REPORT

 

An anonymous member of the public commented: about their opposition to the Friends of the Library; the insidious effects of privatization, concerning Ms. Bero’s descriptive phrase “libraries are too library centric”; and the risks of any diminishment of libraries distinctive public role.

 

Mr. Kimo Crossman commented more public service hours should be a priority of the Friends of the Library; suggesting longer evening and weekend hours benefit working people.

 

Mr. Peter Warfield requested copies of the materials provided; spoke of the value of independent libraries; found partnerships inherently risky; and lauded libraries traditional role and the cited the importance of defending equal access.

 

Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #3 FRIEND’S OF THE LIBRARY REPORT

 

Ms. Bero identified where the materials she provided to the Commissioners might be found.

 

AGENDA ITEM #4 RICHMOND & INGLESIDE BRANCH LIBRARIES

 

City Librarian Luis Herrera presented a brief recap of the previous discussions concerning the planned allocation of funds from the transfer of $4 million from the Library’s in the Library’s 2006-07 Budget to the Bond Program.

 

Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) Manager Marilyn Thompson then described the three previous presentations before the Library Commission concerning how these funds were to be allocated among four branch library projects noting the Commission’s July 20th approval of the transfer of funds fro the Bond Program Budget Reserve to increase the project budgets at the Western Addition and Glen Park Branch Libraries. The BLIP Manager then noting final approval of the transfer of the $4 million by the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor presented her recommendations for an increase of $2,582, 358 for the Richmond Branch Library Renovation Project; discussing the role of the State Prop. 14 grant funding and related obligations of these projects. 

 

The BLIP Manager next presented her recommendation for an increase of $597,200 for the new Ingleside Branch Library Construction Project. Ms. Thompson noted that after the budget increase the Bond Program Budget Reserve would be $1.59 million.

The City Librarian concluded this presentation noting that the funding was now available with the Board of Supervisor’s approval and the Mayor’s signing the 2006-07 City Budget which had included the $4 Million transfer to the Bond Program, and concurred in the recommendation to increase each of these project’s budgets.

 

 

 

Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #4 RICHMOND & INGLESIDE BRANCH LIBRARIES

 

An anonymous member of the public commented that as previously discussed, the die appeared to be cast; and expressed concern about the availability of sufficient funding for the remaining branch library renovation projects given the ongoing pattern of cost escalations.

 

Mr. Ron Miguel, Planning Alliance of the Richmond (PAR) Board member, urged the Commissioners to approve the proposed budget increase for the Richmond Branch Library Renovation Project, noting that this popular and heavily used neighborhood library deserved and warranted the additional funding.

 

Ms. Donna Bero, Executive Director of the Friend’s of the San Francisco Public Library urged the Commissioner to approve the proposed budget increases for the Richmond and Ingleside Branch Library Projects.

 

Mr. Peter Warfield noted he was not opposed to the budget increases; expressed concern about future transfers of funding to the Bond program; and urged the Commissioners safeguard funding for the Library’s core functions.

 

Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #4 RICHMOND & INGLESIDE BRANCH LIBRARIES

 

In response to a query by Commissioner Gomez, the City Librarian confirmed as previously discussed, these budget increases completed the planned allocation of the $4 million transferred to the Bond Program in this year’s Library Budget. Commissioner Chin urged that careful attention be paid to equitable distribution of Bond Program funding throughout the neighborhoods. In response to concerns about the availability of funds to complete the remaining Bond Program projects voiced by Commissioner Gomez, City Librarian Herrera reported that Library staff was focused on and fully committed to gathering the necessary resources to complete commitments made in the Bond Program.

 

MOTION: by Commissioner Chin, 2nd by Commissioner Munson for approval as proposed of the increases in the Project Budgets for the Richmond and Ingleside Branch Library renovation and construction projects.

 

ACTION:  4-0 AYE (Chin, Coulter, Gomez, and Munson)

 

AGENDA ITEM #5 BLIP MANAGER’S REPORT

 

                       

Branch Library Improvement Program Manager Marilyn Thompson gave her regular monthly reports (copies attached) on Budget, Schedule, Active Projects, and Community

Outreach Reports, (there were no informational or special reports).  The Bond Program Manager noted that there had been $43,368.662 in expenditures and encumbrances to July 30, 2006.

 

The Branch Library Improvement Program Manager presented an overview of the ongoing active projects presenting slides showing details of new construction and renovation projects. The BLIP Manager concluded her August 2006m BLIP Manager’s Report presenting the Bond Program’s upcoming community outreach activities.

 

Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #5 BLIP MANAGER’S REPORT

 

An anonymous member of the public commented on: designs for several branch library renovation and construction projects such as the Ingleside and Potrero Branches that had not been brought back to the Commission for review; and inquired about how many branches were currently closed.

 

Mr. Peter Warfield suggested that a chart of which branches were closed would be useful Mr. Warfield called attention to the recent renovation of the stairs at the Park Branch Library asking if this was a BLIP related project.  

                       

Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #5 BLIP MANAGER’S REPORT

       

In response to a question by Vice President Coulter, Ms. Thompson confirmed that the Eureka Valley Community meeting would be held at 7pm on August 30th at the Branch Library. The BLIP Manger informed Commissioner Gomez that a date was not yet set to bring plans for Bernal Heights Branch before the Arts Commission for civic design review.  

 

AGENDA ITEM #6 CITY LIBRARIAN’S REPORT

 

 

City Librarian Herrera introduced Mr. Brian Bannion, formerly of the Seattle Public Library, the new Chief of Branches and Mr. Bannion spoke briefly concerning his first week on the job and his happiness to be joining the San Francisco Public Library.

 

The City Librarian again called the Commissioner’s attention to the Western Addition Branch Library closing party scheduled for Saturday, August 19th.

 

Mr. Herrera next discussed the interim services including: scheduled bookmobile services; used of classes at Parent’s Place at Scott and Sutter Streets; relocation of the Japanese, Russian, and Chinese language collections to an International Center to be located in the basement of the Presidio Branch Library; and about cooperative venture with the African American Cultural & Historical Society to open a Western Addition Reading Center at 762 Fulton Street; planned for the Western Addition neighborhood while the Branch Library was undergoing renovation.

 

The City Liberian next reported on the donation of 1200 Chinese language books, worth $12,000 by the Cathy Bank as part of a major donation of Chinese language books to Bay Area libraries.

The City Librarian then introduced the Library’s  Chief of Children and Youth Services Toni Bernardi who gave a colorful presentation repo9rting the details of a new group of three related bibliographic brochures individually developed for babies, toddlers, and preschool children to support the Library’s early childhood literacy “Every Child Ready to Read” Program.

 

Mr. Herrera concluded his August 2006 City Librarian’s Report with highlights of upcoming Adult, Teen and Children’s Exhibitions and Programs.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEM #6 CITY LIBRARIAN’S REPORT

 

An anonymous member of the public welcomed the new Chief of Branches: suggested that the Commission Meeting Minutes were the last place to look for information; discussed relocation of the Japanese language collection and wondered about the donation of Chinese language books recalling that previous donations had been received through the Sister City relationship with Shanghai.

 

Mr. Peter Warfield also welcomed the new Chief of Branches; also suggesting that he not take Commission meeting minutes seriously; and discussed his having previously thanked the Chief of Adult Services and Vice President Coulter for responses they had made during Commission meetings

 

Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #6 CITY LIBRARIAN’S REPORT

 

 Commissioner Chin applauded the development of these early childhood literacy tools to assist parents; noting that children who began school with a foundation for literacy where given literally a millions of words head start on other pupils. Vice President Coulter also commended staff for their creation of these materials.

 

No AGENDA ITEM # 8 LABOR UNION REPORT was presented nor were any AGENDA ITEM #9 NEW BUSINESS  items proposed.

 

AGENDA ITEM #10 ADJOURNMENT

 

MOTION: by Commissioner Munson, 2nd Commissioner Gomez  to adjourn the regular August 17, 2006 Public Library Commission meeting In Memoriam of the late Fred Kilgore, the “Father of OCLC”.

 

Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #10 ADJOURNMENT

 

Mr. Peter Warfield noted that he had read of the recent passing of someone, (subsequently identified by Chief of the Main Library Kathy Lawhun as Fred Kilgore) that had been known as the “Father of the OCLC”, a vital resource for librarians, suggesting the meeting be adjourned in his memory.

 

ACTION: AYE 4-0 (Chin, Coulter, Gomez, and Munson)

 

The Commission meeting adjourned at 5:57pm.

 

Michael Housh, Commission Secretary 8/18/06

 

Please note: Copies of Commission Minutes and handouts are available in the Office of the Commission Secretary, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Explanatory documents: Copies of listed explanatory documents are available as follows: (1) from the Commission Secretary/Custodian of Records, Main Library, 6th Floor, (2) in the rear of the Koret Auditorium immediately before and during the meeting, and (3)to the extent possible, on the Library's website at http://sfpl.org/.

Additional materials not listed as explanatory documents on this agenda, if any, that are distributed to the Library Commissioners prior to or during the meeting in connection with any agenda item will be available to the public for inspection and copying in accordance with Government Code Section 54954.1 and Sunshine Ordinance §§ 67.9, 67.28(b)& 67.28(d).

 

ATTACHMENTS:

BLIP Program Manager’s Report slides

BLIP Program Budget, Schedule, and Construction Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Minutes of the Library Commission Meeting August 17, 2006

                                     Appendix A

 

The Public Comment Summary Statements included in these Minutes are authorized by San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.16.

 

These summary statements are provided by the speaker. Their contents are neither generated by, nor subject to approval or verification of accuracy by, the San Francisco Public Library Commission.