Library Board of Trustees Agenda – March 1, 2023


March 1, 2023 4:45pm
East Lansing Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Library Large Meeting Room
East Lansing Public Library
950 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
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The East Lansing Public Library occupies the ancestral, traditional and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

1) Call to Order

2) Roll Call

3) Opening

3.1 Approval of Current Meeting Agenda
3.2 Approval of January 18, 2023 Meeting Minutes

4) Communications

5) Audience

5.1 Public Comment - limited to two minutes per person

6) Reports

6.1 City Council Liaison Report
6.2 Friends of the East Lansing Public Library Report

7) Old Business

7.1 Resolution 05-23 to approve proposed changes to Board Bylaws Addenda A Audience Participation Section A stating The Board follows Robert's Rules of Order, and increasing the public comment time limit to five minutes per speaker, with an additional five minutes granted with board approval -- Action
7.2  Report from Elaine Hardy, City of East Lansing Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to Board
7.3  Report from subcommittee formed to investigate the incident involving police called to library on January 11 on a student patron, community concerns expressed at January board meeting, and the library environment for teens; and to make recommendations to Board moving forward
7.3.a  Subcommittee work to date: contacted and discussed issues and ideas with city council members, City DEI Director, library staff, community members, possible resources for reviews
7.3.b  Launching community survey to gather input and ideas regarding library and teen services and to inform proposals to Board
7.3.c  Gathering input and research on examples of other library policies 

8) New Business

8.1  Subcommittee request for authority from Board to explore options and/or seek funding in the future for identified needs, including but not limited to:
8.1.a  Requests for Proposals for independent program review of Library programs and policies and their impact on BIPOC members of our community, children, and all members of the community
8.1.b  Possible costs for meeting rooms and/or meeting facilitation costs, as needed to respond to community needs
8.1.c  Possible costs and options for paid surveys or other methods to elicit engagement and support from library stakeholders
8.2  Review of Library code of conduct, exclusion policy and other relevant policies, and discussion of incident reporting 

9) Library Reports

9.1  Financial Report
9.2  Director's Report
9.3  President's Report
9.4  Executive Session for performance review of Library Director 

10) Adjournment

Board of Trustees
Polly Synk, President
Amy Zaagman, Vice President
Pamela Smith, Secretary
Ameenah Asante
Diane Goddeeris

City Council Liaison
George Brookover

Staff Liaison
Kristin Shelley