Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – February 9, 2015

In attendance were John Dubinsky, President, presiding; Jacque Land, Nina North-Murphy, Thomas F. Schlafly, and Vince Volpe.

Also present were Executive Director Waller McGuire and staff members Barry Berry, Gerald Brooks, Judy Bruce, Diane Freiermuth, Cathy Heimberger, William Jackson, Kathy Leitle, Jim Moses, and Molly Pfeiffer, and John Fox Arnold, Lashly & Baer.

Mr. Dubinsky called the meeting to order at 5:40 p.m.


Mr. Land's motion to approve the minutes of the January 5, 2015 Board meeting, seconded by Ms. North-Murphy, was approved.

President's Report:

Mr. Dubinsky stated that he is working to re-energize the various Board committees and that the next Fiscal Affairs Committee Meeting would be held the next day, February 10. Regular meetings of this committee would be held every other month. The Strategic Planning Committee will also be held soon.

Executive Director's Report:

 Mr. McGuire introduced Molly Pfeiffer, the new Manager of Machack Branch, and Jim Moses, Manager of Buder Branch. He gave a brief history of the Machack Branch and stated that the Library was currently waiting on a report from an engineer about several structural concerns at the location.

Cathy Heimberger gave a Marketing update, detailing how the department is now using the Gale Engage produce, Analytics on Demand, to better understand the usage of Library services by patrons and to help target non-users who might become patrons with further marketing efforts.

Mr. McGuire reported that the Library has received the annual letter from the Retirement System, stating the Librar's payment rate for this year and detailing the amount of the payment from the City as part of the law suit settlement.

Mr. Jackson presented the Financial report and noted that the annual audit was on track.

Barry Berry presented the HR report and discussed the tuition reimbursement program.

Mr. McGuire stated that he has had a couple of meetings with the strategic planning consultant group, OrangeBoy. They have visited eight locations and are planning at least four public focus groups as [art of they work. The OrangeBoy team would like to meet with Board members for about three hours, so either April or May regular Board meeting will be longer than usual.

Old Business:

Mr. McGuire reminded Board members that the Missouri Ethics Commission requires that each of them file a "Financial Disclosure Statement for Political Subdivisions" form by May 1, 2015.

New Business: 

Mr. McGuire included a copt of a proposed update to the LIbrary's Meeting Room Policy in Board packets. These changes will be brought to the Board for a vote at the next meeting. He also reminded Board members that the prohibition against fund raising by outside groups meeting at Central Library has now been lifted.

Mr. Schlafly's motion , seconded by Ms. North-Murphy, to adjourn the meeting, was approved. The meeting ended at 6:49 p.m.


At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on February 9, 2015, the following actions were taken:

Mr. Land moved: that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of January 5, 2015. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy,m Mr. Schlafly, and Mr. Volpe.)
Mr. Schlafly moved: that the meeting adjourn. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy,m Mr. Schlafly, and Mr. Volpe.)