In attendance were John Dubinsky, President, presiding; Zack Boyers, Jacque Land, Nina North-Murphy, and Vince Volpe.
Also present were Executive Director Waller McGuire and staff members Barry Berry, Gerald Brooks, Diane Freiermuth, Cathy Heimberger, William Jackson, Kathy Leitle, Brenda McDonald, Pepi Marshall, and Scott Morris; John Fox Arnold, Lashly & Baer; and Liz Reeves and Rebecca Wagner, Library Foundation.
Mr. Dubinsky called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m.
Mr. Volpe's motion to approve the minutes of the July 6, 2015 Board meeting, seconded by Ms. North-Murphy, was approved.
Mr. Dubinsky stated that Board Members should expect the September meeting to be a longer meeting because a number of issues, including the budget, will be addressed. he Board decided to begin the September meeting at 5:00 to allow extra time for these issues.
Executive Director's Report:
Mr. McGuire invited Board Members to a reception on Frday evening, August 7, 2015, at Central Library. the reception is for attendees of the National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL). This national conference is being held in St. Louis August 4 - 8, 2015.
On July 14, an event was held at the Ted Drewes location on Chippewa to introduce the SLPL Orange Freeze, a special concrete created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the St. Louis Public Library. More than 200 people attended the two-hour event.
A Fiscal Affairs meeting will be held august 18 at 11:30 a.m. in the administrative Offices where a draft budget will be presented for consideration.
The September meeting will include the proposed budget as well as a number of lease resolutions.
Mr. McGuire presented a draft document from the strategic planning process with proposed Vision and Mission statements as well as five Strategic Directions. The document was prepared with the help of the consultant and a number of staff members.
Mr. McGuire has been meeting with BSI and Chick Eveker to negotiate the final payment of the Central renovation, from funds held in escrow.
Mr. McGuire highlighted the Grand Tour Exhibit from the Executive Director's Report.
Mr. Berry presented the HR report and stated that the negotiations for benefits for next year have been completed.
Mr. Jackson presented the Finance Report.
MS. Reeves presented the Foundation Report stating that the next Friends push would be in September, that they have $120,00 in sponsorships for the November gala, that PNC has donated $15,000 plus 3,000 bilingual early childhood kits for programs and story times, that they are in discussions with Boeing about a possible exhibit to highlight the 100th anniversary of the company, and that Mr. Simoncelli has retired.
Mr. McGuire stated that the President of the American Library Association would be visiting Central Library August 4, 2015.
Ms. North-Murphy's motion to approve "A Resolution Concerning the Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and Substantial Interests for Certain Official and Employees," seconded by Mr. Boyers, was approved.
Library Administration requested that Central Library be closed at noon on November 21, 2015 to prepare for the Foundation Gala, and to close Central Library and the Regional Branches on March 27, 2016.
Ms. North-Murphy's motion to approve these closures, seconded by Mr. Land, was approved.
Mr. Boyers' motion, seconded by Land, to adjourn the meeting was approved. The meeting ended at 6:10 p.m.
At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on August 3, 2015, the following actions were taken:
|Mr. Volpe moved:||that the board approve the minutes of the meeting of July 6, 2015. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Boyers, Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Land, Ms North-Murphy, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Ms. North-Murphy moved:||that the Board approve a "Resolution Concerning the Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and Substantial Interests for Certain Officials and Employees." MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Boyers, Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Land, Ms North-Murphy, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Ms. North-Murphy moved:||that the Board approve closing Central Library at noon November 21, 2015 and closing Central Library and Regional Branches on March 27, 2016 MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Boyers, Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Land, Ms North-Murphy, and Mr. Volpe.)|
|Mr. Boyers moved:||that the meeting adjourn MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Boyers, Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Land, Ms North-Murphy, and Mr. Volpe.)|