SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMISSION
(as approved May 20, 2004)
Minutes of the regular meeting of Thursday, April 15, 2004.
The San Francisco Public Library Commission held a regular meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2004, in the Koret Auditorium, Main Library.
The meeting was called to order at 4:08 pm.
The following members were present: Bautista, Coulter, Higueras, and Steiman,
Commissioners Streets and Strobin were reported excused.
An anonymous member of the public commented on discussion of a library citizen advisory committee at the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee.
Mr. Peter Warfield noted a lack of explanatory documents and commented on the Rules Committee meeting.
Mr. David Pilpel, member–elect, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, offered suggestions for improvements to the meeting minutes modeled on those used by the Ethics Commission.
Ms. Rhoda Meer urged retention and reuse of the original chairs in the renovation of the West Portal Branch Library.
(Presented by Library Chief of Automation Vivian Pisano and Chief of the Main Library Kathy Lawhun with additional information by Mr. Tim Pozar, BARWN (Bay Area Wireless Network)
Presentation and discussion of a wireless internet network demonstration for the Library.
Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #2 WIRELESS NETWORK DEMONSTRATION
An anonymous member of the public found no need for such a demonstration, questioned how it would be assessed, and asked what trade-off of other library services would be necessary to provide it.
Mr. Peter Warfield decried that lack of explanatory documents available prior to the meeting and criticized what he found to be a lack of detail about the proposed wireless demonstration.
Ms. Traci Hughes expressed concern with the possible health effects of use of the technology; noted potential lawsuits; and urged the Commissioners to consider the Board of Supervisors’ Precautionary Principle concerning use of new technologies.
Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #2 WIRELESS NETWORK DEMONSTRATION
In response to a query by President Higueras, library staff reported that the proposed demonstration project was in response to many library users’ requests for wireless access availability at the Main Library and in branch libraries. The Deputy City Librarian confirmed that only minimal cost would be incurred by making the proposed wireless access available. Mr. Underwood additionally noted potential for a great many users that in turn could result in freeing more of the Library's wired computers for other users. It was a consensus of the Commission that there was significant value in providing the proposed wireless access. Vice President Steiman and Commissioner Coulter suggested that staff report back to the Commission at a future date concerning the results of the demonstration and levels of use of the new wireless access.
Due to the delayed arrival of a member of the Peer Review Panel, President Higueras took up Agenda Item #4 Approval of the Minutes and Agenda Item #5 the BLIP Manager’s Report next.
Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #4 APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF FEB. 19, 2004
An anonymous member of the public found that the brevity of detail in these Minutes inhibited understanding of the real meaning of public comments offered, citing as example reported comments by Mr. Warfield.
Peter Warfield found the Minutes reporting too brief to reflect accurately comment offered, citing as example comments he had made about online catalog problems. .
Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #4 APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF FEB. 19, 2004
Commissioner Coulter suggested that in future complete sentences be used to describe reported public comments.
MOTION: Commissioner Bautista, 2nd Commissioner Coulter for approval of the Minutes of the regular Commission meeting of February 19, 2004.
Adopted by the following vote:
AYE 4-0 (Bautista, Coulter, Higueras, and Steiman)
(Presented by Branch Library Improvement Program Manager Marilyn Thompson)
(This is a discussion item to allow the Branch Library Bond Program Manager to report on recent bond program related activities and make announcements.)
This report will consist of an informational presentation: none regular reports: program budget and schedule; active projects; and community outreach; and special reports; none.
Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #5 BOND PROGRAM MANAGER’S REPORT
An anonymous member of the public noted that copies of the BLIP Budget and Schedule Reports that this person received were poor black and white reproductions of the larger colored copies made available to the Commissioners and were unreadable.
Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #5 BOND PROGRAM MANAGER’S REPORT
President Higueras recommended use of charts that could be easily read in black and white reproduction. He then noted that Library staff should continue to go forward with plans for renovation of the North Beach Branch Library should a community consensus did not soon develop in the wake of the neighborhood controversy concerning expansion of the North Beach Playground. There followed a brief discussion use of the original wooden chairs and preservation of period detail in the planned renovation of the West Portal Branch Library.
President Higueras called a brief recess at 5:51pm.
The Commission reconvened at 5:59pm.
(The Peer Review Panel presentation consisted of an introduction by BLIP Manager Marilyn Thompson., the architects’ presentation by Kacey Jurgens, Principle, Thomas Hacker Architects Inc, and Karin Payson, Principle, Karin Payson architecture + design, a Library response to the proposed design by Deputy City Librarian Paul Underwood, and concluded with the expert Peer Panel discussion evaluation and critique by Montgomery Anderson, Cody, Anderson, Wasney, Commissioner Tim Kelly, San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, and Sylvia Kwan, Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning)
Presentation of and discussion of a peer review of proposed designs for the West Portal Branch Library.
Public comment on AGENDA ITEM #3 WEST PORTAL BRANCH PEER REVIEW
An anonymous member of the public expressed concern with the proposed accessible side entry and the front garden areas, and suggested that careful work would be necessary with the interiors to preserve the original woodwork and furnishings.
Mr. Peter Warfield expressed happiness with the proposed preservation based renovation; questioned how original furnishings might be adapted; and decried that there was no gain over the original space for books.
Mr. John Burket, a lifelong West Portal Branch user, applauded the sensitive renovation making the branch accessible to his elderly parents; and inquired about the designs for the proposed garden at the Ulloa Street corner, calling attention to its windy nature.
Commission discussion of AGENDA ITEM #3 WEST PORTAL BRANCH PEER REVIEW
The Commission’s discussion found the proposed renovation design much to their liking. Commissioners’ questions elicited additional details concerning how the new accessibility and staff work areas would unify and better organize functionality and services, while preserving existing charm and attractive ambience of the historic WPA (Works Progress Administration) building. President Higueras concluded by expressing the Commission’s thanks and appreciation to the Peer Review panelists Mr. Montgomery Anderson, Cody, Anderson, Wasney, Commissioner Tim Kelly, San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, and Ms. Sylvia Kwan, Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning for their services to the Library.
Commissioner Steiman left the meeting at 7:20pm
The meeting ended with the loss of its quorum at 7:20pm.
Michael Housh, Commission Secretary 5/20/04
Please note: Minutes are subject to change by the Library Commission. Copies of Commission Minutes and handouts are available in the Office of the Commission Secretary, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Proposed West Portal Branch Library renovation floor plans
West Portal Branch Library FAQs (PDF 110K)
Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) Manager’s Report notes
Minutes of the Library Commission Meeting April 15, 2004
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.
The number of members of the public who spoke anonymously at this meeting. 1
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 Web site.
Additional materials not listed as explanatory documents, 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).