In attendance were Nina North-Murphy, President, presiding; John Dubinsky, Alison Ferring, Jacque Land, Janet Rainford, Keith Savage, Thomas Schlafly, David Sweeney, and Vince Volpe.
Also present were Chief Executive Officer Waller McGuire and staff members Tiffany Davis, Jon Drakesmith, Cathy Heimberger, William Jackson, Kathy Leitle, Mary Meyer, Angie Miraflor, Joe Monahan, Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Justin Struttmann, and Jen Wiese; Liz Reeves, Library Foundation; and Lisa Stump, Lashly & Baer.
The meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Ms. North-Murphy.
Ms. Rainford’s motion, seconded by Mr. Volpe, to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2020 meeting was approved.
Chief Executive Officer’s Report:
- Mr. McGuire pointed out that the April report reflects the first full month of Library locations being closed to the public and shows the numerous activities of staff to connect with Library customers.
- Mr. Jackson presented the financial report.
- Ms. Reeves presented the Foundation report. Several of the committees continue to meet and have approved redirecting money planned for programming to support increasing technology products for checkout to the public.
- Mr. McGuire stated that June 1, 2020 was the first day that book drops at each Library location have been open since mid-March.
- A draft of a COVID-19 booklet for staff was sent to Board Members. The booklet details the measures the Library is taking to keep staff and the public safe and still provide services.
- Five locations; Buder, Central, Carpenter, Julia Davis, and Schlafly; will be opening on June 10 with limited services, and Kingshighway will be opening for drive-up service only. Staff and customers will be required to wear masks.
- Ms. Porter-Reynolds gave an overview of the services that will be available in Phase 1 of reopening.
- Mr. Struttmann reported on the measures put in place by Support Services to get the locations ready for reopening and to keep them safe. These measures are based on recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and State and St. Louis City guidelines.
- Mr. McGuire stated that he has been in contact with the Directors of St. Louis County Library and St. Charles City-County Library about their plans.
- Youth Services staff, led by Jenny Song, have been able to convert 60 plus of the original summer camps into virtual camps. Staff have been busy gathering and mailing supplies for the specific camps to registered children.
- An additional 200 Hotspots are being added to the collection with money from the Foundation. This will increase the number in the system to 280, enough to fill all current holds for them. Chromebooks that were originally available at all locations for checkout in
Library buildings will now be available for customers to checkout and take home. There will be 160 plus of these available.
Mr. McGuire presented a revision to the Photography, Filming, and Videography Policy. The changes were to add the phrase “Except as permitted by applicable law” and to change “patron” to “customer.”
Mr. Rainford’s motion, seconded by Mr. Schlafly, to approve the changes was approved.
Mr. Sweeney’s motion, seconded by Mr. Savage, to adjourn the meeting was approved.
The meeting ended at 6:24 p.m.
At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on June 1, 2020, the following actions were taken:
|Ms. Rainford moved||that the Board approve the minutes of the May 4, 2020 meeting. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Ms. Rainford moved||that the Board approve changes to the Photography, Filming, and Videography Policy. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Mr. Sweeney moved||that the meeting adjourn. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)|