Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – December 7, 2015

In attendance were John Dubinsky, President, presiding; Alison Ferring, Keith Savage, and Vince Volpe.

Also present were Executive Director Waller McGuire and staff members Barry Berry, Gerald Brooks, Diane Freiermuth, Cathy Heimberger, William Jackson, Lori Lakebrink, Kathy Leitle, Jim Moses, John Newcomber, Sarah Parker, Julia Wang, Ed Witkowski, and Lisa Wolfe; John Fox Arnold, Lashly & Baer; and Liz Reeves, Library Foundation.

Mr. Dubinsky called the meeting to order at 5:36 p.m. without a quorum.

Committee Report: 

Mr. Volpe reported on the December 3, 2015 Fiscal Affairs meeting which included a pre-audit report from Rubin Brown and a progress report from Brown Smith Wallace on the business services review.

Executive Director's Report: 

Mr. McGuire encouraged Board Members to read the September and October reports included in the Board packet.

Mr. Berry presented the HR Report.

Mr. Jackson presented the Financial Report stating that the 2015 audit had started dating the week and Rubin Brown staff would be on-site for the next two weeks.

Mr. McGuire gave an update on the closing plans of The Bridge, a day shelter housed at Centenary Methodist Church. The City is opening an alternative shelter at 1520 Market, but it will not have a many services and plans to institute strong riles. The results could affect Central Library.

Ms. Reeves presented the Foundation Report stating that the Gala had 450 tickets sold with 350 attending and raising $112,000, the Executive Committee approved the use of $48,000 to fund the Not So Quiet concerts and to start a classical music series in the Spring, the end-of-year appeal letters have been sent, the Foundation's Facebook page has been merged iwyth the LIbrary's Facebook page, and they are partnering with Boeing for an exhibit in Fall of 2016.

Old Business:

Mr. McGuire presented a summary of the ProPay project that allows patrons to pay fines and fees with credit and debit cards. The response form the public has been completely positive.

He also reminded the Board that the amnesty program for fines will run from December 21-31, 2015 to end the Library's celebration of 150 years of service.

New Business: 

The proposed schedule for Library Board meetings in 2016, including several alternative dates, was presented. One additional alternative date was for the March 7 meeting be changed to March 1, 2016. This change was made and the 2016 meeting dates set.

At 6:15 p.m., Nina North-Murphy arrived ta the meeting and a quorum was reached.


Ms. Ferring's motion to approve the minutes of the November 9, 2015 meeting seconded by Mr. Volpe, was approved.

Mr. Volpe's motion to go into executive session, seconded by Ms. North-Murphy, was approved by unanimous roll call vote. The regular meeting ended at 6:20 p.m.


At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on December 7, 22015, the following actions were taken:

Ms. Ferring moved: that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of November 9, 2015. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Ms. North-Murphy, Mr. Savage, and Mr. Volpe.)
Mr. Volpe moved: that the Board go into executive session. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Ms. North-Murphy, Mr. Savage, and Mr. Volpe.)