Board of Directors Meeting Minutes – May 6, 2019

In attendance were Nina North-Murphy, President, presiding; John Dubinsky, Alison Ferring, Jacque Land, Janet Rainford (via phone), Keith Savage, Thomas Schlafly, and Vince Volpe.

Also present were Chief Executive Officer Waller McGuire and staff members Tiffany Davis, Carrie Dietz, Jon Drakesmith, Cathy Heimberger, Tonnya Joy, Kathy Leitle, John Newcomer, Daisy Porter-Reynolds, Justin Struttmann, and Jen Wiese; Liz Reeves, Library Foundation; and Lisa Stump, Lashly & Baer.

The meeting was called to order at 5:36 p.m. by Ms. North-Murphy.


Mr. Schlafly's motion to approve the minutes of the April 1, 2019 Board Meeting, seconded by Mr. Dubinsky, was approved.

Chief Executive Officer's Report:

 Mr. McGuire introduced John Newcomer, Manager of the Julia Davis location. Mr. Newcomer gave an overview of the location and the services offered.

  • McGuire gave a summary of the "Print to Pixels" exhibit that is still on display in Central's Great Hall, including a highlight of work being done by Firecracker Press.
  • The first graduation ceremony for eight students who have completed the courses in the Career Online High School curriculum is scheduled for May 1 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Central Library.
  • McGuire and Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library Director, made a presentation to Civic Progress about the Career Online High School program and have requested $ 100,000 for more scholarships.
  • Struttmann presented the Financial Report.
  • Wiese presented the HR Report.
  • Reeves presented the Foundation Report.
  • McGuire stated that the new Library vehicle was parked in the back of the Library so that Board Members could see it. This small SUV was purchased on state contract and is being used as a pool vehicle for staff to use for Library business.

New Business:

Ms. Porter-Reynolds presented drafts of three revised policies: Meeting Room Policy; Reference and Information Services Policy; and Petitioning, Surveying, and Electioneering Policy. Procedural and technical legal language was removed to make the policies more customer services friendly. The Board will be asked to vote on these policies at the next meeting.

Mr. McGuire stated that there have been a few calls of complaint about Drag Queen Storytime, so he included a fact sheet about the program in the Board packet. The most recent program was held at Carpenter Library and was very successful with 130 people in attendance.

Mr. Savage's motion, seconded by Mr. Schlafly, to go into Executive Session, was approved by a unanimous roll call vote. The meeting ended at 6:24 p.m.

At the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Public Library on May 6, 2019, the following actions were taken:

Mr. Schlafly moved

that the Board approve the minutes of the meeting of April 1, 2019. MOTION APPROVED

(In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land,

Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, and Mr. Volpe.)

Mr. Savage moved

that the Board go into Executive Session. MOTION APPROVED (In favor Mr. Dubinsky, Ms. Ferring, Mr. Land,

Ms. North-Murphy, Ms. Rainford, Mr. Savage, Mr. Schlafly, and Mr. Volpe.)