In attendance were Thomas Schlafly, Past-President, presiding; Jacque Land, Janet Rainford, David Sweeney (via phone), and Vince Volpe (via phone at 5:48p.m.).
Also present were ChiefExecutive Officer Waller McGuire and staff members Tiffany Davis, William Jackson, Kathy Leitle, Mary Meyer, Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Justin Struttmann, Lisa Thorp, and Jen Wiese; Josh Wiese, Library Foundation; one member of the public; and Lisa Stump, Lashly&Baer.
The meeting was called to order at 5:33p.m. by Mr. Schlafly.
Chief Executive Officer's Report:
- Mr. McGuire included a copy of the Draft Pandemic Preparedness Procedures from 2006 that was written by Library Administration, stating that staff are revisiting the document because of the concerns about COVID-19. He stated that the Library did close in 1918 due to that flu pandemic.
- Cabanne Location reopened to the public February 24, 2020 after a refresh of the building.
Most of the staff members at the location are new to the building and public safety procedures have been changed.
- Ms. Porter-Reynolds reported on statistics after the Library's change to fine-free. In January, 2020, there were 27% more new cards, an 18% increase in circulation, and 1,000 more customers in Central than in January 2019. In February 2020, there were 13% more new cards, 14% more renewed cards, and a 28% increase in circulation that in February 2019.
- The Barr Library soft reopening included an updated, but downsized collection and enhanced technology. The Barr Creative Experience opening will be March 10 and will include 3D printers, a laser cutter, large format printer, sound room, virtual reality area, and several Surface Pro computers. The area has been designed for individuals, groups, and classroom use. Funding for this installation has been provided by the Library Foundation.
Mr. Volpe joined the meeting via phone at 5:48 p.m., completing a quorum.
- Mr. McGuire is planning a joint Library Board/Library Foundation Board meeting to be held at Barr Library in May.
- Mr. McGuire is proposing that another technology location be added at the Julia Davis location. The Library Foundation has approved funding for conceptual architectural plans for this new installation. The plans will be prepared by Wade Price Architects and will be available to take to meetings with possible funders.
At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on March 2, 2020, the following actions were taken:
|Ms. Rainford moved:||that the Board approve the minutes of the January 6, 2020 meeting. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Ms. Rainford, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Ms. Rainford moved:||that the Board approve the minutes of the February 3, 2020 meeting. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Ms. Rainford, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Ms. Rainford moved:||that the meeting be adjourned. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Ms. Rainford, Mr. Schlafly, Mr. Sweeney, and Mr. Volpe.)|