Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – July 6, 2015

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

Also present were Executive Director Waller McGuire and staff members Gerald Brooks, Patty Carleton, Diane Freiermuth, Cathy Heimberger, William Jackson, Kathy Leitle, and Lisa Wolfe; Lisa Stump and Melissa Vighi, Lashly & Baer; and Liz Reeves, Library Foundation.

Mr. Dubinsky called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m.


Mr. Schlafly's motion to approve the minutes of the June 1, 2015 Board meeting, seconded by Mr. Land, was approved.

Committee Reports: 

Mr. Volpe presented a report on the June 16 and the July 6, 2015 Fiscal Affairs committee meetings.

Mr. McGuire presented a report on the Strategic Planning Committee meeting, stating that he had communicated the committee's message to the consultants. He is planning a joint meeting of the Library Board Strategic Planning Committee and the Foundation Strategic Planning Committee and asked Board Members to send him dates and times they are available in the next few weeks.

Executive Director's Report:

Mr. McGuire thanked the board for allowing several staff members to attend the annual America Libraries Association Conference.

Mr. McGuire presented the HR report and Ms. Freiermuth stated that Mr. Berry was currently receiving bids for health insurance for the next fiscal year.

Mr. Jackson presented the financial report/

Liz Reeves presented the Foundation report including that Deborah Dolgin had held a reception for volunteers who staffed Friends of the Library information tables, the Tennessee Williams event had 85 attendees, the November 21 2015 Stranger than Fiction event has $90,000 in sponsorships, and the Sendak Exhibit events have been fully funded at $47,230 with $15,000 from PNC Bank.

Mr. McGuire has checked with City Hall to verify the appointment status of all Board Members, but has not yet received complete information. Lastly & Baer has stated that even if a Board Member's appointment has expired, he/she is legitimately serving on the Board until the Mayor appoints a replacement.

The Grand Tour Exhibit is currently up in the Great Hall and the Sendak Exhibit will be next.

New Business: 

Mr. McGuire asked that Board Members read and be ready to vote at the August Board meeting on a "Resolution Concerning the Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and Substantial Interests for Certain Officials and Employees."

Mr. Schlafly asked if the Board should revisit the Domestic Partner Policy to see if changes need to be made to it. Mr. McGuire suffused that the staff look at the policy and bring any recommended changes to the Board at the August meeting.

Mr. Schlafly's motion, seconded by Ms. North-Murphy, to adjourn the meeting was approved. The meeting ended at 6:32 p.m.


At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on July 6, 2015, the following actions were taken:

Mr. Schlafly moved: that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of June 1, 2015. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Gore, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, and Mr. Volpe.)
Mr. Schlafly moved: that the meeting adjourn. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Mr. Gore, Mr. Land, Ms. North-Murphy, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, and Mr. Volpe.)