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Aug. 26, 2019

August 2019 Director's Report original pdf

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HighlightsCity of Austin Budget Calendar Upcoming Dates• August 20, 29 & September 4 - Council Budget Work Sessions• August 22 & 28 - Budget and tax public hearings• September 10 - Budget readingsFrontburner Issues• Drag Queen Storytime• Austin History Center air conditioningPrograms• Come Tell It Like It Is is a National Issues Forum discussion series taking place at various APL locations. Coming up: A Discussion on the Opioid Epidemic, Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 PM, Central Library; Immigration, Monday, September 23, 6-8 PM, Old Quarry Branch.• Library Live with Ricardo Parra. Ricardo Parra is a Chilean singer-songwriter and guitarist. His repertoire ranges from folk, bossa nova, classical guitar and blues. Wednesday, September 18, 6-8:30 PM, Carver Branch.• Luis Guerra is a painter, sculptor and writer who divides this time between Austin and the mountains of San Luis Potosí. He will tell stories about village and country life in Mexico that bring the transcendence of everyday events into relief. Stories de la Sierra and the City. Saturday, September 21, 2-3 PM, St. John Branch.• Check Out the Vote. Saturday, September 28, is voter registration day here at the Austin Public Library. From 10 AM to 2 PM, volunteers from the Travis County Voter Registrar Outreach Program will be available at all Library locations to assist interested citizens in registering to vote. So come check out some books and check out the vote!Exhibits• Entre Líneas, curated by Coka Treviño features the work of artists María Fernanda Barrero, Luisa Duarte, and Jenelle Esparza, celebrating women in Latin American and Hispanic communities. Historically, much of this group’s contributions have fallen in between the lines. This exhibition explores displacement, labor, boundaries, and fragility, in hopes to evoke pride and empower Latinas to claim their space and realize their important role in our society. plant life and vivid colors, revealing how water – Central Library Gallery, August 29 - September 28. Opening Reception, Thursday, August 29, 7-9 PM.To see the complete up to date listing of events visithttp://library.austintexas.gov/eventsFacilities ServicesCity of Austin 2012 Bond ProgramProposition 18: Library, Museums and Cultural Facilities $13.4 millionCepeda BranchScope of Work • Site Drainage Remediation and Interior Renovation of 8,110sf FacilityStatus• Bid / Award Phase 50% Complete. • Facilities Services anticipates a fully executed construction contract by mid-August and can move as swiftly as Launch Team procedures allow.• It is further anticipated that the Construction Period will take 90 Calendar DaysBudget / Cost …

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Aug. 26, 2019

draft minutes July 22, 2019 regular meeting original pdf

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Library Commission Meeting Minutes 22 July, 2019 THE LIBRARY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES 22 July, 2019 The Library Commission convened in a Regular Meeting on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr., in Austin, Texas. Chair Hanna called the Board Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Commission Members JC Dwyer, Aimee Finney, Catherine Hanna, Daniella Ramos, Beth Smyer, and Chad Williams Board Members Absent: Commission Members Patricia Dabbert, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, and Steven Self. Staff in Attendance: Rachel Nguyen, Communications Manager, John Daniels, Facilities Planning Manager, Sharon Herfurth, Division Manager, Office of Programs & Partnerships, Emi Johnson, Business Process Consultant, Patti Fowler, Division Manager, Central Library; Wendy Harrison, Financial Manager; and Pamela Bowles, Division Manager, Branch Services. 1. Citizen Communication: Karen Sironi, Chip Harris, and Steve Neel spoke about Recycled Reads Bookstore. Carlos Leon spoke about the North Village Branch Library. 2. Approval of Minutes from the June 24, 2019 Regular Meeting: The minutes of the regular meeting were approved on Commission Member Williams’ motion and Vice Chair Finney’s second on a 6-0 vote. Commission members Dabbert, Pardo-Kaplan, and Self absent. 3. Introductions and Welcome: Ann Minner, Old Quarry Branch Manager, gave an update about branch activities. 4. Old Business: a. Discussion and possible action on FY20 budget recommendations. Library Commission Recommendation 20190722-4a1: Support for Austin Library FY20 Budget was approved on Commission Member Williams’ motion and Vice Chair Finney’s second on a 6-0 vote. Commission members Dabbert, Pardo-Kaplan, and Self absent. Library Commission Recommendation 20190722-4a2: Support for Addition of 6 FTEs Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library FY20 Budget was approved on Vice Chair Finney’s motion and Commission Member Williams’ second on a 6-0 vote. Commission members Dabbert, Pardo-Kaplan, and Self absent. Library Commission Meeting Minutes 22 July, 2019 5. New Business: a. Discussion of Annual Internal Review and Report Chair Hanna presented the Library Commission Annual Internal Review and Report. 6. Discussion of Director’s Monthly Report for July 2019 covering programming highlights, volunteer services, revenue, and policy updates: Questions were asked about the status of the Hampton and Little Walnut Creek Branch renovation projects. Commission Members Smyer and Dwyer are doing research on what other libraries are doing re civic engagement. They plan to do a presentation for the commission. 7. Discussion of commissioner visits to branch libraries: Commission Member Ramos went to Fix It Clinics …

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Aug. 26, 2019

draft proposed Library Use Rules changes original pdf

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Aug. 26, 2019

draft recommendation re Recycled Reads Bookstore original pdf

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1 of 2 Austin Public Library Commission: Recycled Reads Working Group: RECOMMENDATION 20190826-5a: The Future of Recycled Reads Date: August 26, 2019 Subject: The Future of Recycled Reads Motioned By: Seconded By: Recommendation Support for a collaboration between Recycled Reads and Austin Resource Recovery that would reduce overlap of functions and share space. Description of Recommendation to Council The Austin Public Library Commission recommends that the city work with the Austin Public library staff to develop a plan for Recycled Reads to collaborate with Austin Resource Recovery in order to efficiently and effectively recycle books and media. This would include sharing space with Austin Resource Recovery at ARR’s eventual new location. Rationale: For ten years, Recycled Reads at 5335 Burnet Rd. has been operating as a repository for processing and selling materials donated by the public and withdrawn from the Austin Public Library’s collection. For a number of years, sales have been stagnant, donations have increased, and Recycled Reads has been operating at a significant loss ($200,000 annually). Recycled Reads rental lease on Burnet Rd. expires in March 2022. Recycled Reads space is more than 7000 sq. ft., yet it only requires 2500 sq. ft. to process and sell materials. APL staff have expressed a desire for Recycled Reads programming and sellable materials to be distributed to the various APL branches to ensure accessibility to programs and used books/media across the city. From 2012-2017, Recycled Reads received a stipend per tonnage from Austin Resource Recovery (up to $60,000), which it no longer receives. Recycled Reads performs a similar service for the Austin community as Austin Resource Recovery by recycling books and media and has diverted more than 3000 tons of materials from the landfill. Recycled Reads sends 40 percent of public donations and 70 percent of APL’s withdrawals to Goodwill for recycling because Recycled Reads is unable to sell the material due to multiple copies or condition of the material. 2 of 2 Recycled Reads staff spends a considerable amount of time receiving and sorting items that Austin Resource Recovery could receive and process more efficiently. Vote For: Against: Abstain: Absent: Attest: [Staff or board member can sign]

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Aug. 26, 2019

Recycled Reads Comprehensive Financial Results original pdf

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Revenue:Gross Sales105,744.28 134,011.03 137,180.91 154,353.53 Total Revenue from Operations105,744.28 134,011.03 137,180.91 154,353.53 Expenses:Cost of Goods Sold‐ ‐ ‐ ‐ Labor135,725.80 282,654.04 255,798.21 290,891.92 Rent146,440.83 156,338.48 152,862.42 143,503.43 Utilities9,042.13 11,699.63 12,803.35 15,564.49 Advertising1,136.48 1,786.72 5,836.77 4,810.25 Postage125.10 275.13 478.62 283.38 Office Supplies1,218.63 5,328.54 1,461.13 2,759.59 Small tools/minor equipment5,351.72 ‐ ‐ ‐ Inventory Supplies‐ ‐ ‐ ‐ Fees‐ ‐ ‐ 386.78 Mileage‐ ‐ ‐ 140.23 Expense Refunds1(10,396.06) (10,847.68) (59,234.00) (60,819.40) Total Expenses from Operations288,644.63 447,234.86 370,006.50 397,520.67 Net(182,900.35) (313,223.83) (232,825.59) (243,167.14) Footnotes:1Expense Refunds: FY16, $60,819 from ARR for program.FY18FY17FY16Austin Recycled Reads ‐ Book StoreFinancial Results of OperationsYear‐over‐Year Comparison FY19 ‐ FY161Expense Refunds: FY19, $11,000 from Office of Sustainability for tool lending library.1Expense Refunds: FY18, $10,400 from Austin Resource Recovery (ARR) for program.1Expense Refunds: FY17, $59,234 from ARR for program.FY19 as of 7/31/19Page 1 of 1

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Aug. 26, 2019

Youth Engagement Presentation original pdf

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Youth Policy Task ForceAugust 15, 2019 A Team ApproachTrainingLibrary Policy & Procedures A Team Approach •Positive youth engagement team•Partnerships•Paid Internships•Youth council•Library commission Training •Mandatory training•Optional training Library Policy & Procedures Policy & ProceduresPolicyProcedureFor the customerFor staffStatements of what (rule)Statements of how (process)Change infrequentlyContinuousimprovement •Positive behavior expectations•Policy recommendations

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July 22, 2019

Agenda original pdf

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LIBRARY COMMISSION July 22, 2019 – 6:30 PM Old Quarry Branch 7051 Village Center Dr. AUSTIN, TEXAS The Library Commission shall make recommendations to the city council on matters relating to the establishment, maintenance, and operation of the public libraries. Section 2-1-150 of the City Code. Patricia Dabbert, JC Dwyer, Aimee Finney, Catherine Hanna, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, Daniella Ramos, Steven Self, Beth Smyer, and Chad Williams AGENDA CALL TO ORDER 1. Citizen Communication: General The first 5 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 2. Approval of Minutes from the June 24, 2019 Regular Meeting 3. Welcome and Introduction of Old Quarry Branch Manager, Ann Minner 4. Old Business: a. Discussion and possible action on FY20 budget recommendations 5. New Business: a. Discussion of Annual Internal Review and Report 6. Discussion of Director’s Monthly Report for July 2019 covering programming highlights, facilities, policies, and APL Priorities. 7. Discussion of commissioner visits to branch libraries 8. Future Agenda Items ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days before the meeting date. Please call Sharon Herfurth at the Library Department, at 512- 974-7420 for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Library Commission, please contact Sharon Herfurth at 512- 974-7420 or sharon.herfurth@austintexas.gov

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July 22, 2019

Approved Minutes original pdf

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Library Commission Meeting Minutes 22 July, 2019 THE LIBRARY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES 22 July, 2019 The Library Commission convened in a Regular Meeting on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Dr., in Austin, Texas. Chair Hanna called the Board Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Commission Members JC Dwyer, Aimee Finney, Catherine Hanna, Daniella Ramos, Beth Smyer, and Chad Williams Board Members Absent: Commission Members Patricia Dabbert, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, and Steven Self. Staff in Attendance: Roosevelt Weeks, Director of Libraries; Rachel Nguyen, Communications Manager, John Daniels, Facilities Planning Manager, Sharon Herfurth, Division Manager, Office of Programs & Partnerships, Emi Johnson, Business Process Consultant, Patti Fowler, Division Manager, Central Library; Wendy Harrison, Financial Manager; and Pamela Bowles, Division Manager, Branch Services. 1. Citizen Communication: Karen Sironi, Chip Harris, and Steve Neel spoke about Recycled Reads Bookstore. Carlos Leon spoke about the North Village Branch Library. 2. Approval of Minutes from the June 24, 2019 Regular Meeting: The minutes of the regular meeting were approved on Commission Member Williams’ motion and Vice Chair Finney’s second on a 6-0 vote. Commission members Dabbert, Pardo-Kaplan, and Self absent. 3. Introductions and Welcome: Ann Minner, Old Quarry Branch Manager, gave an update about branch activities. 4. Old Business: a. Discussion and possible action on FY20 budget recommendations. Library Commission Recommendation 20190722-4a1: Support for Austin Library FY20 Budget was approved on Commission Member Williams’ motion and Vice Chair Finney’s second on a 6-0 vote. Commission members Dabbert, Pardo-Kaplan, and Self absent. Library Commission Recommendation 20190722-4a2: Support for Addition of 6 FTEs Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library FY20 Budget was approved on Vice Chair Library Commission Meeting Minutes 22 July, 2019 Finney’s motion and Commission Member Williams’ second on a 6-0 vote. Commission members Dabbert, Pardo-Kaplan, and Self absent. 5. New Business: a. Discussion of Annual Internal Review and Report Chair Hanna presented the Library Commission Annual Internal Review and Report. 6. Discussion of Director’s Monthly Report for July 2019 covering programming highlights, volunteer services, revenue, and policy updates: Questions were asked about the status of the Hampton and Little Walnut Creek Branch renovation projects. Commission Members Smyer and Dwyer are doing research on what other libraries are doing re civic engagement. They plan to do a presentation for the commission. 7. Discussion of commissioner visits to branch libraries: Commission Member Ramos …

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July 22, 2019

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July 22, 2019

Library Commission Recommendation 20190722-4a1: Support for Austin Public Library FY20 Budget original pdf

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1 of 2 LIBRARY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20190722-4a1: Support for Austin Public Library FY20 Budget Date: July 22, 2019 Subject: Support for Austin Public Library FY20 Budget Motioned By: Commission Member Williams Seconded By: Vice Chair Finney Recommendation Support for Austin Public Library proposed budget for FY2020 Description of Recommendation to Council Requesting that the Austin City Council vote in favor of the proposed Austin Public Library budget of $54,685,661 for FY2020, a 4.8% increase or $2.5 million increase from FY19, including an increase to the materials budget by 3.6% or $162,661. Rationale: The Brookings Institution recently recognized, public libraries perform a “hub role in the community – using partnerships with other institutions to connect people with services and help.” See Cabello, M. and Butler, S., “How public libraries help build healthy communities.” Brookings, March 30, 2017, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2017/03/30/how-public-libraries-help-build-healthy-communities/ The Austin City Council has adopted a strategic direction guiding the City for the next three to five years. Austin Strategic Direction 2023 outlines a shared vision for the City and six priority Strategic outcomes: • Economic Opportunity and Affordability • Mobility • Safety • Health and Environment • Culture and Lifelong Learning • Government that Works for All As a vital public space and community hub, the Austin Public Library supports and advances all six key outcome areas of the City’s Strategic Direction. This proposed budget includes three items recommended by other commissions, including Wi-Fi hotspots, training for staff working with those experiencing homelessness, and programs for seniors. Austin Public Library makes a significant and growing contribution to the City’s commitment to Culture and Lifelong Learning. 2 of 2 Austin Public Library operates and maintains 20 branches, Central Library, Austin History Center, Recycled Reads and a Bookmobile. Austin Public Library provides cardholders access to over 1.5 million items, including conventional and digital format books, magazines, periodicals, music, films and online databases. Library cardholders have increased by 11% since the opening of the new Central Library. The new Central Library, hailed as one of the greatest places in the world by Time Magazine, averages about 100,000 visitors each month. Austin Public Library offers a variety of resources and programs for visitors of all ages from babies (Baby Social Hour) to seniors (Computer Basics for Seniors) and everyone in between. Austin Public Library enhances the reputation of Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World through its Electric Lady Bird digital music streaming …

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July 22, 2019

Library Commission Recommendation 20190722-4a2: Support for Addition of 6 FTE Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library FY20 Budget original pdf

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1 of 2 LIBRARY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20190722-4a2: Support for Addition of 6 FTE Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library FY20 Budget Date: July 22, 2019 Subject: Support for Addition of 6 FTE Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library proposed budget for FY20 Motioned By: Vice Chair Finney Seconded By: Commission Member Williams Recommendation Support for the Addition of 6 FTEs Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library proposed budget for FY2020 Description of Recommendation to Council Requesting that the Austin City Council, in addition to approving the proposed Austin Public Library budget for FY 2020, approve an additional 6 FTEs security and custodial staff totaling $346,671. Three additional security and three additional custodial staff are considered vital for the safety of library patrons and for safeguarding the taxpayers’ investment in library facilities through critical maintenance and upkeep. Rationale: Austin Public Library is a vital public space and community hub, which supports and advances all six key outcome areas of the City’s Strategic Direction. As the population of the City grows so does the use of the Austin Public Library’s 20 branches, Central Library, Austin History Center, Recycled Reads and bookmobile. The opening of the new Central Library has also increased the Austin Public Library’s visibility and popularity. Unfortunately, with increased usage comes increased criminal and policy violations and a need for more security to ensure that the Austin Public Library remains a safe environment for all customers. The top five violations of library policy violations since 2017 are the following: • Harass, sexuality harass, abuse, threaten, or fight with a person • Sleeping • Abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language • Disrupting use of library services or property • Vandalize, steal, or damage property (library or another person) Each of these categories of incidents has increased significantly since 2017. 2 of 2 Incident Report Percent Change Central Library Harassment Sleeping Disrupting use Abusive Vandalism 2017 to 2018 31.43% 128.00% 13.21% 11.90% 21.74% 2018 to 2019 20.69% -8.77% 3.33% 61.70% 81.58% Branch Libraries Harassment Sleeping Disrupting use Abusive Vandalism 2017 to 2018 -17.07% -29.22% -13.30% -29.17% -41.22% 2018 to 2019 103.92% 2.75% 50.92% 64.71% -10.45% These violations include two assaults of staff members, one attempted suicide by a customer, customers fighting and brandishing weapons, theft and intimidation. Even the enforcement of policy violations that would seem innocuous on their face can have serious …

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July 22, 2019

draft minutes of the June 24 regular meeting original pdf

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Library Commission Meeting Minutes 24 June, 2019 THE LIBRARY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES 24 June, 2019 The Library Commission convened in a Regular Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., in Austin, Texas. Chair Hanna called the Board Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Commission Members Patricia Dabbert, JC Dwyer, Aimee Finney, Catherine Hanna, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, Daniella Ramos, Steven Self, Beth Smyer, and Chad Williams Board Members Absent: none Staff in Attendance: Dana McBee, Assistant Director for Library Support Services; Anne Bramblett, Assistant Director for Public Services; Rachel Nguyen, Communications Manager, John Daniels, Facilities Planning Manager, Sharon Herfurth, Division Manager, Office of Programs & Partnerships, Emi Johnson, Business Process Consultant, Patti Fowler, Division Manager, Central Library; Wendy Harrison, Financial Manager; Joe Faulk, Technology Director; Pamela Bowles, Division Manager, Branch Services; and Chip Pryor, IT Supervisor Sr. 1. Citizen Communication: Carlos Leon spoke about computers at APL. Wendy Price Todd spoke about the need to be able to donate to the Library through the APL website and about the Social Justice Book Club at the Twin Oaks Branch. 2. Approval of Minutes from the April 22, 2019 Regular Meeting: The minutes of the regular meeting were approved on Commission Member Williams’ motion and Commission Member Dwyer’s second on a 9-0 vote. 3. Introductions and Welcome: Chair Hanna introduced new Library Commission member Daniella Ramos. Briefing: Austin History Center Association, Chair Lee Cooke updated the commission on activities and goals of the Austin History Center Association. Briefing: Internet Access and Bandwidth at Branches, Joe Faulk, Manager, Information Systems & Business Enterprise, gave a status report on bandwidth at branches. Library Commission Meeting Minutes 24 June, 2019 4. Old Business: a. Update and discussion on changes to Library Card Non-Resident fees. Dana McBee, Assistant Director for Support Services, reported that there will be no changes to the Non-Resident card fees for FY20. b. Update on FY20 Forecast Budget. Wendy Harrison, Financial Manager gave the update. c. Discussion and possible action on FY20 budget recommendations. No action taken. 5. New Business: a. Recycled Reads working group report Citizens Nancy Harris and Chip Harris spoke. Deborah Pardo-Kaplan gave the report. Discussion and possible action about Recycled Reads will be carried over to the July meeting. 6. Discussion of Director’s Monthly Report for March 2019 covering programming highlights, volunteer services, revenue, and policy updates: Questions …

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July 22, 2019

draft recommendation original pdf

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1 of 2 LIBRARY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20190722-4a2: Support for Addition of 6 FTE Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library FY20 Budget Date: July 22, 2019 Subject: Support for Addition of 6 FTE Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library proposed budget for FY20 Motioned By: Seconded By: Recommendation Support for the Addition of 6 FTE Security and Custodial Staff to the Austin Public Library proposed budget for FY2020 Description of Recommendation to Council Requesting that the Austin City Council, in addition to approving the proposed Austin Public Library budget for FY 2020, approve an additional 6 FTE security and custodial staff totaling $346,671. Three additional security and three additional custodial staff are considered vital for the safety of library patrons and for safeguarding the taxpayers’ investment in library facilities through critical maintenance and upkeep. Rationale: Austin Public Library is a vital public space and community hub, which supports and advances all six key outcome areas of the City’s Strategic Direction. As the population of the City grows so does the use of the Austin Public Library’s 20 branches, Central Library, Austin History Center, Recycled Reads and bookmobile. The opening of the new Central Branch library has also increased the Austin Public Library’s visibility and popularity. Unfortunately, with increased usage comes increased criminal and policy violations and a need for more security to ensure that the Austin Public Library remains a safe environment for all customers. The top five violations of library policy violations since 2017 are the following: • Harass, sexuality harass, abuse, threaten, or fight with a person • Sleeping • Abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language • Disrupting use of library services or property • Vandalize, steal, or damage property (library or another person) Each of these categories of incidents has increased significantly since 2017. These violations include two assaults of staff members, one attempted suicide by a customer, customers fighting 2 of 2 and brandishing weapons, theft and intimidation. Even the enforcement of policy violations that would seem innocuous on their face can have serious security consequences. In two separate incidents, patrons who were thought to be sleeping were in medical distress due to K2, a synthetic marijuana. Increased library usage also places more strain on facilities. Through bond elections, the taxpayers of the City of Austin have authorized significant investment in the Austin Public Library and its facilities. Over $126 million …

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July 22, 2019

draft recommendation original pdf

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1 of 2 LIBRARY COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION 20190722-4a1: Support for Austin Public Library FY20 Budget Date: July 22, 2019 Subject: Support for Austin Public Library FY20 Budget Motioned By: Seconded By: Recommendation Support for Austin Public Library proposed budget for FY2020 Description of Recommendation to Council Requesting that the Austin City Council vote in favor of the proposed Austin Public Library budget of $54,685,661 for FY2020, a 4.8% increase or $2.5 million increase from FY19, including an increase to the materials budget by 3.6% or $162,661. Rationale: The Brookings Institution recently recognized, public libraries perform a “hub role in the community – using partnerships with other institutions to connect people with services and help.” See Cabello, M. and Butler, S., “How public libraries help build healthy communities.” Brookings, March 30, 2017, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2017/03/30/how-public-libraries-help-build-healthy-communities/ The Austin City Council has adopted a strategic direction guiding the City for the next three to five years. Austin Strategic Direction 2023 outlines a shared vision for the City and six priority Strategic outcomes: • Economic Opportunity and Affordability • Mobility • Safety • Health and Environment • Culture and Lifelong Learning • Government that Works for All As a vital public space and community hub, the Austin Public Library supports and advances all six key outcome areas of the City’s Strategic Direction. Austin Public Library makes a significant and growing contribution to the City’s commitment to Culture and Lifelong Learning. 2 of 2 Austin Public Library operates and maintains 20 branches, Central Library, Austin History Center, Recycled Reads and a Bookmobile. Austin Public Library provides cardholders access to over 1.5 million items, including conventional and digital format books, magazines, periodicals, music, films and online databases. Library cardholders have increased by 11% since the opening of the new Central Branch of the library. The new Central Library branch, hailed as one of the greatest places in the world by Time Magazine, averages about 100,000 visitors each month. Austin Public Library offers a variety of resources and programs for visitors of all ages from babies (Baby Social Hour) to seniors (Computer Basics for Seniors) and everyone in between. Austin Public Library enhances the reputation of Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World through its Electric Lady Bird digital music streaming program, which delivers commercial-free, curated music from Central Texas artists. In addition to Culture and Lifelong Learning, the Austin Public Library provides vital support for the other …

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July 22, 2019

July 2019 Director's Report original pdf

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HighlightsCity of Austin Budget Calendar Upcoming Dates• August 5 - Proposed Budget Presentation to Council• August 20, 29 & September 4 - Council Budget Work Sessions• August 22 & 28 - Budget and tax public hearings• September 10 - Budget readingsPrograms• Austin Symphony Art Park presents the Symphony’s chamber ensembles bringing classic and original children’s tales to life through music and narration so children can learn about both literary and musical devices in an enjoyable and engaging manner. Arrive early to visit the Instrument Zoo, where kids can see, touch and try to play instruments of the orchestra; talk to symphony musicians and hear them play their instruments. Wednesday, July 24, 10 AM - 12 Noon. Central Library Special Event Center.• Vinyl Night returns to the Carver Branch. Bring a friend, grab your vinyl, and enjoy an evening of great music. Light bites will be served. Performers are DJ Knowledge and Andes Junca of La Frenetika and Wache. Friday, August 9, 7-9 PM. Carver Branch.• Watch for the APL vehicle in the Austin Pride Parade. August 10, 8-11 PM. Congress Ave. / Warehouse District.• Woodstock 50: Tribute Concert will showcase a special Woodstock-inspired lineup by local Austin musicians featured in Electric Lady Bird, the library’s music streaming platform. The line-up of local musicians includes Guy Forsyth, Sho Humphries, Deezie Brown, SaulPaul, Sarah Sharp, Brian Scartocci, Bob Cheevers, and Rochelle and the Sidewinders. All ages are welcome. And while you’re waiting for the concert to start, we’ll be serving ice cream and making groovy spin art outside, Saturday, August 17, 1-2 PM, Ice Cream Social & 2-6 PM, Concert. Central Library Special Event Center.• Master Pancake Presents: The Martian. Join local comedy favorites Master Pancake for an evening of intergalactic hilarity as they bring Matt Damon down to earth with their relentless mocking of selected scenes of the Martian. Ages 18+ only for adult humor. Thursday, August 22, 7:30 PM, Central Library Special Event Center.• Low Sensory Youth Code Jam ATX. At this Jam for teens, young neurodiverse students can learn to code and be inspired to pursue jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Saturday, August 24, 1-4 PM, Central Library Event Center.Exhibits• Larry Thomas’ exhibition They Took an Oath showcases the ongoing effort to commemorate the 19th Century Texas Black Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates, focusing on their 19th century legislation. Central Library, Shared Learning Room 531, Floor …

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June 24, 2019

Agenda original pdf

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LIBRARY COMMISSION June 24, 2019 – 6:30 PM Manchaca Road Branch 5500 Manchaca Rd. AUSTIN, TEXAS The Library Commission shall make recommendations to the city council on matters relating to the establishment, maintenance, and operation of the public libraries. Section 2-1-150 of the City Code. Patricia Dabbert, JC Dwyer, Aimee Finney, Catherine Hanna, Daniella Ramos, Steven Self, Beth Smyer, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, and Chad Williams AGENDA CALL TO ORDER 1. Citizen Communication: General The first 5 speakers signed up prior to the meeting being called to order will each be allowed a three-minute allotment to address their concerns regarding items not posted on the agenda. 2. Approval of Minutes from the April 22, 2019 Regular Meeting 3. Welcome and Introduction of new Library Commission Member Daniella Ramos Briefing: Internet Access and Bandwidth at Branches, Joe Faulk, Manager, Information Systems & Business Enterprise Briefing: Austin History Center Association, Lee Cooke, Chair, AHCA 4. Old Business: a. Update and discussion on changes to Library Card Non-Resident fees b. Update on FY20 Forecast Budget c. Discussion and possible action on FY20 budget recommendations 5. New Business: a. Recycled Reads working group report 6. Discussion of Director’s Monthly Report for June 2019 covering programming highlights, facilities, policies, and APL Priorities. 7. Discussion of commissioner visits to branch libraries 8. Future Agenda Items ADJOURNMENT The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 2 days before the meeting date. Please call Sharon Herfurth at the Library Department, at 512- 974-7420 for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711. For more information on the Library Commission, please contact Sharon Herfurth at 512- 974-7420 or sharon.herfurth@austintexas.gov

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June 24, 2019

Approved Minutes original pdf

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Library Commission Meeting Minutes 24 June, 2019 THE LIBRARY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES 24 June, 2019 The Library Commission convened in a Regular Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Rd., in Austin, Texas. Chair Hanna called the Board Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Board Members in Attendance: Commission Members Patricia Dabbert, JC Dwyer, Aimee Finney, Catherine Hanna, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan, Daniella Ramos, Steven Self, Beth Smyer, and Chad Williams Board Members Absent: none Staff in Attendance: Dana McBee, Assistant Director for Library Support Services; Anne Bramblett, Assistant Director for Public Services; Rachel Nguyen, Communications Manager, John Daniels, Facilities Planning Manager, Sharon Herfurth, Division Manager, Office of Programs & Partnerships, Emi Johnson, Business Process Consultant, Patti Fowler, Division Manager, Central Library; Wendy Harrison, Financial Manager; Joe Faulk, Technology Director; Pamela Bowles, Division Manager, Branch Services; and Chip Pryor, IT Supervisor Sr. 1. Citizen Communication: Carlos Leon spoke about computers at APL. Wendy Price Todd spoke about the need to be able to donate to the Library through the APL website and about the Social Justice Book Club at the Twin Oaks Branch. 2. Approval of Minutes from the April 22, 2019 Regular Meeting: The minutes of the regular meeting were approved on Commission Member Williams’ motion and Commission Member Dwyer’s second on a 9-0 vote. 3. Introductions and Welcome: Chair Hanna introduced new Library Commission member Daniella Ramos. Briefing: Austin History Center Association, Chair Lee Cooke updated the commission on activities and goals of the Austin History Center Association. Briefing: Internet Access and Bandwidth at Branches, Joe Faulk, Manager, Information Systems & Business Enterprise, gave a status report on bandwidth at branches. Library Commission Meeting Minutes 24 June, 2019 4. Old Business: a. Update and discussion on changes to Library Card Non-Resident fees. Dana McBee, Assistant Director for Support Services, reported that there will be no changes to the Non-Resident card fees for FY20. b. Update on FY20 Forecast Budget. Wendy Harrison, Financial Manager gave the update. c. Discussion and possible action on FY20 budget recommendations. No action taken. 5. New Business: a. Recycled Reads working group report Citizens Nancy Harris and Chip Harris spoke. Deborah Pardo-Kaplan gave the report. Discussion and possible action about Recycled Reads will be carried over to the July meeting. 6. Discussion of Director’s Monthly Report for March 2019 covering programming highlights, volunteer services, revenue, and policy updates: Questions …

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June 2019 Director's Report original pdf

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HighlightsPleasant Hill Branch Closing June 22 for RenovationBeginning at 6 PM on Friday, June 21 the Pleasant Hill Branch Library will close for roof replacement, new HVAC equipment installation, asbestos abatement on roof, and other general refurbishments. The project is scheduled to take approximately 4 months. During the closure, Austin Public Library customers can receive full library services at other Branch locations.Bookmobile services will be offered at the nearby Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road, from 4 PM to 6 PM on Tuesdays beginning July 23.ProgramsYouth Summer Reading• It’s that time again! The Austin Public Library is your free ticket to a summer full of reading and loads of fun activities this June through August. You can also win prizes for reading!Teen Summer Reading• Teens age 13-18 will take over the library this summer with MAKER SPACE, and take over libraries all over town with the following events: You Print, APL Studios, K-Pop Idol Party, Cooking for the Cosmos, Library Escape Room: Return of the Demogorgon, Silent Rave & Twitch Lab• Teens who complete reading challenges will be rewarded with books.Adult Summer Reading• Adults 18+ are invited to travel To the Library and Beyond at the Austin Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading events. Get a closer look at the universe at A Celestial Conversation, party at PRIDE Prom, laugh along with Master Pancake, dance to a DJ’s beat at a Silent Rave, team up with friends for a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition or swoon under the stars at Piano Latino. Multiple locations will offer opportunities to snuggle animals at Cosmic Crafts and Cuddles and brave the Return of the Demagorgon in an all-new Escape Room. Check our event calendar for details. • Reading is its own cosmic journey, so get a reading prize with your Adult Summer Reading event schedule. Write the title of your favorite 2019 summer read on the schedule’s bottom tab and turn that tab in for a prize at your closest Austin Public Library location between June 15 – August 31, while supplies last.Exhibits• All Shades Considered is a group exhibition featuring Texas-based artists who identify as queer people of color (QPOC). Curated by Austin-based artist Ben Aqua, the exhibit showcases the creations of 17 artists working in photography, digital collage, illustration, performance, fashion design, new media, and painting. June 7 - July 7, Central Library Gallery.To see the complete up to date listing of events …

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Recycled Reads Working Group Report original pdf

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1 Recycled Reads Working Group Report Working Group: Commissioners Aimee Finney, Patricia Dabbert, Deborah Pardo-Kaplan June 24, 2019 Brief History: Recycled Reads has been operating since 2008 as a centralized repository for processing and selling books weeded from the Austin Public Library collection and from private donations. It is an APL program that contributes to the City of Austin’s Zero-Waste Initiative goals. To date, Recycled Reads has diverted more than 3000 tons of material from the landfill. Fifty percent of items received are weeded books from APL and 50 percent are public donations. For a number of years, Recycled Reads sales have been stagnant while its donations have been increasing, allowing for a loss of $200,000 annually. In 2017, Recycled Reads lost a major stipend/tonnage from Austin Resource Recovery (up to $60,000)—which is only currently providing $10,400 toward Recycled Reads 40 sustainability programs. Prior to the end of the lease on Burnet Road, Recycled Reads will be re-envisioning itself. Staff desires to have all Austin citizens (opportunity for all its branches) buy used books and participate in recycling/reuse program. Recycled Reads had always intended to farm out its programming to branches. 1/31/19: Director Weeks sent a recommendation to Austin City Council for a sublease of Recycled Reads to Austin Creative Reuse, a Texas non-profit for approximately 4,758 square feet of RR for 36-months. The library commission and the public became aware of the recommendation without sufficient background and did not vote to support recommendation at the commission meeting in January. A library commission working group was created to better understand the issues with Recycled Reads. 3/10/19: Working Group Meeting with Mindy Reed The RR Working Group discussed with Mindy Reed a re-envisioning of Recycled Reads. Mindy Reed said that Recycled Reads does not need the amount of space it currently uses for processing and sales. It can operate with 2500 square feet (it currently has 7,675 sq. feet). It currently has 15 dedicated volunteers. Recycled Reads used to share space with Literature Live and the Library Foundation, which is now at Faulk. Mindy Reed mentioned the idea of bringing Friends of the Library back to handle sales/processing. Mindy Reed thought that a future move to Faulk at end of lease was not a good idea because it would not be an ideal location for drop-offs or sales. Mindy Reed confirmed sales are flat due to too many of the same …

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