San Francisco Public Library

Notice of Meeting - March 05, 2002

A regular meeting of the San Francisco Public Library Commission will be held as follows: Date: Tuesday, March 05, 2002
Time: 4:00 PM
Place: Koret Auditorium, Main Library, lower level The meeting will be called to order. 1. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES - ACTION Presentation of, discussion of, and possible action to approve the minutes of the regular Commission meeting of February 5, 2002. Explanatory document: draft Minutes 2. CITY LIBRARIAN’S REPORT - DISCUSSION by City Librarian Susan Hildreth (This item is to allow the City Librarian to report on recent Library activities and make announcements) This report will consist of reports on: public meetings at Bernal Branch and Richmond Branch, acquisition of Arion Bible, implementation of time-out software and WebFeat searching software, a usability study of SFPL website, LSTA Grant for homework help, the Board of Supervisors Resolution regarding Richmond Branch naming, and a March 6 meeting at Portola branch on site selection. 3. BRANCH LIBRARY NAMING POLICY - ACTION Presentation and discussion of and possible action to adopt a revision of the Library’s Branch Library naming policy. Explanatory document: draft Branch Library Naming Policy revision 4. STRATEGIC PLAN - DISCUSSION Presentation and discussion of the status of a current draft plan. Explanatory documents: draft strategic plan goals and objectives, a memo on a proposed process. 5. FRIENDS AND FOUNDATION REPORT - DISCUSSION (This item is to allow the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library to inform the Commission of their current and proposed activities.) 6. LABOR UNION REPORT (This item is to allow members of library labor organizations to report on employee matters within the Commission’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Library Commission’s consideration.) 7. NEW BUSINESS (This item is to allow Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for consideration.) 8. PUBLIC COMMENT (This item is to allow members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Library Commission’s consideration.) 9. ADJOURNMENT - ACTION (requires motion and public comment) Commission, Main Library, 6th Floor and also, to the extent possible, will be available on the Library’s website at 02/27/02 - M.Housh, Commission Secretary -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- San Francisco Public Library Commission Policy Manual Branch Naming Policy Policy #601 Section: Facilities Adopted: June ‘96 Revised: _______ (changes in text shown in bold type) It is the policy of the San Francisco Public Library to name libraries according to geographic location and to identify the facility with the neighborhood where it is located or the neighborhood it primarily serves. >This Policy enables anyone interested in finding a branch library to easily ascertain its location by its geographic or neighborhood name. It shall be the policy of the San Francisco Public Library not to name any library for specific individuals or entities. However, there may be reasons so compelling that adding a name of a person or other entity to the geographical name of a specific library may be appropriate. To be so honored, a person or entity must have performed a myriad of services and dedicated a substantial amount of energy, time, resources, leadership and volunteer service to improve and benefit the library in substantial ways. The depth and breadth of the contributions shall be obvious and compelling, and shall reflect a dedication and beneficence to the library over a great span of time. There shall be a strong consensus among that branch library's users and the surrounding neighborhood to name the library for the proposed individual or group. It is our intention that naming a library for a person or entity is a rarity and that the dedication and service to the library is recognized as rare, unique and of the highest quality. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PROCEDURES FOR ADDING NAME TO A BRANCH LIBRARY 1. Any members of the Library Commission or a member of the public may submit a proposed name to be added to the geographical name of a library in writing to the Library Commission or during public open time at any noticed, public meeting of the Library Commission. The proposal shall include extensive and rigorous research to demonstrate that the individual or entity suggested meets the stringent criteria of dedicated service and benefit to the library and all other criteria for naming set forth in this policy statement. 2. The President of the Library Commission, in his or her sole discretion, shall determine whether the proposal is sufficiently documented to warrant further consideration by the Library Commission. The President shall agendize proposals that appear to meet policy criteria for Commission consideration at a future duly noticed, public meeting. The Commission may hold a special meeting at the branch to be affected to solicit testimony from members of the public living in the neighborhood should the Commission decide that such a special meeting would be helpful. 3. Members of the public shall have a minimum of 90 days from the date of the meeting at which the Library Commission first considered the proposed name change to submit written comments in favor or opposed to the proposal. 4. After the expiration of the 90 day comment period, the Commission shall act on the proposal at a future duly noticed, public meeting. The Commission shall take public comment on the matter, and shall discuss, and vote on, whether the proposed name change satisfies the criteria set forth in this policy and would be in the public interest to implement. At its discretion, the Commission may refer the proposal to staff for research and analysis prior to voting on the matter. The name change shall be approved or rejected by majority vote of the Commission. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CRITERIA FOR ADDING A NAME TO THE GEOGRAPHICAL NAME OF A BRANCH LIBRARY 1. There should be a broad base of agreement on the desire for a name change within the neighborhood or community that is served by the branch. 2. The name change should reflect the San Francisco Public Library's mission of free and equal access to information for all. 3. The name change should honor an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the branch library, the San Francisco Public Library system, the City and County of San Francisco or to the nation. 4. In all cases the geographic name shall precede any honorific name. 5. The new name should reflect the tradition and stability of the library as an institution. The new name should avoid controversy and not promote a transitory cause, however worthy. 6. All costs associated with the name change, including staff time and material expense, should be borne by the parties desiring the change, unless the Commission finds such reimbursement, on the facts of a particular case, to be contrary to the public interest. 7. In all cases, the Library Commission shall find that it is in the public interest to adopt the name change. M. Housh 2/27/02