James Johnson, Jr., Chair
900 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
James Martin, Jr., Vice-Chair
William Scheuerle, Secretary
Phone: (813) 273-3660
Fax: (813) 273-3707

Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Board



Dr. Scheuerle called the meeting to order.


Library Board Members Present:
William Scheuerle, Helen Swisshelm
Kay O'Rourke, Anniece Ross
Alma Hires, Mary Sherman
Mary Silver, Margaret Fisher
Dora Reeder

Library Board Excused:
Sandra Cameron, Laura Vickers

Library Board Absent:

Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director of Libraries
David Wullschleger, Manager Operations & Technology
Linda Gillon, Manager Staff & Administrative Support

Assistant County Attorney, Stephen Todd
Jackie Zebos, Administrative Services
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Assistant


Special Guests:


Members of the Public:



Kay O'Rourke made the motion to approve the minutes. Helen Swisshelm seconded. The motion passed unanimously.


Dr. Scheuerle stated that he had received information on when and how to conduct open meetings from Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson.





    Kay O'Rourke, Co-Chair, reported that the Planning Committee met on April 15th at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. Ms. Diane Jones, a member of the North Tampa Friends of the Library was present and provided feedback to the committee. The committee requested a tour of the Floriland Mall. Dr. Scheuerle stated that all members of the Library Board should be invited to go on the tour.

    Mr. Stines told the Library Board about a property located north of Armenia Ave. and Busch Blvd that he would like to include in the tour. Swati Bose has agreed that Israel Grajales should prepare a report documenting that the North Tampa Library property will not accommodate an expansion.

    The Planning Committee sent a letter to Mr. Lenfesty about his request to move the Maritime Collection to the Victory Ship. Copies were provided to the Board members. Mr. Lenfesty has not yet responded.

    The Turkey Creek Strawberry School was discussed. David Wullschleger stated that this type of school was in session when the children were not needed to harvest the fields. The two-story building was built in 1926 and is on to the Turkey Creek Middle School campus. The School Board and the community would like to find another use for the building. The Planning Committee has requested a structural analysis of the building. Copies of the documentation that was given to Commissioner Storms by the Turkey Creek representatives will be distributed at the next Planning Committee meeting.

    The County Commission has asked for a report from Eric Johnson detailing the differences between Urban and Rural Service Districts of the County. Currently there are only two libraries in the rural service district, Thonotosassa and Austin Davis. Mr. Stines will provide the Committee with a copy of the report when it is completed.

    The University Park area appears on the Unfunded Needs List. Mr. Stines has a meeting on May 8th with Jack Davis from the School Board to discuss the possibility of a partnership library in one of the schools that is planned for the area.

    Mr. Stines stated that the Human Services Team is considering hiring a Professional Planner as a consultant for the Team. He has an appointment to discuss options with Wilson Miller on May 7th.


    Helen Swisshelm, Chair, reported that the Budget Committee met on April 25th where Mr. Stines reviewed the Mission and Key Objectives that was submitted with the FY03 budget to the Management and Budget Department. The Committee will continue their managerial salary review at the next meeting


    Anniece Ross, Chair, reported that the Committee met on April 23 at the John F. Germany Library. Since the Ad Hoc Internet Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Policies and Bylaws committee she wished to review the brief filed by the ALA and the ACLU regarding the Children's Internet Protection Act. Ms. Ross was not able to access the information via the Internet address that she had. Assistant County Attorney, Stephen Todd, provided a copy of the information to her. He stated that closing arguments are being heard. Information on the website indicates that the Third Circuit's decision should be announced in early May. The decision may be appealed by either party.

    The Committee reviewed a request from the Friends of the Library's Arts Committee that the fine arts gallery at the John F. Germany Library be named for Louise and Arnold Kotler. The Policies and Bylaws Committee recommended to the Library Board that the fine arts gallery of the John F. Germany Public Library be named in honor of Louise and Arnold Kotler. The recommendation passed unanimously.

    Dr. Scheuerle asked staff to prepare a letter to Jo Terry, President of the Friends of the Library with a copy to Claire Cardina reporting the Board's decision. Mr. Stines suggested that a letter also be sent to the Kotler's family.

    Review of the naming of the South Brandon Library continues. Information regarding the involvement of the Women's Club will be evaluated at the committee's next meeting.

    Writing of the procedure for the Policy for Requesting Permission to Serve Alcohol continues. Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson will be asked to review the procedure to ensure it is in compliance with the policy.

    Carolyn Jones Smith requested that the 78th Street Library be renamed in honor of her mother. Ms. Smith was asked to provide more information on her mother's involvement with the library. She will be kept informed of the progress of her request.

    Ms. Ross stated that there is no mechanism in place to solicit public input about the renaming of libraries. Mr. Stines stated that all of the Library's Board meetings are posted on the Internet. Another solution would be to post fliers and a draft agenda in the location and conduct the committee meeting there. He highly recommends this approach. Staff is gathering background information on the 78th Street Library naming for the Committee.

    Helen Swisshelm read Article III Board Duties, Sections "i" and "j" of the Bylaws.










Dr. Scheuerle requested that that the three pieces of art that were purchased by the Friends be displayed in the John F. Germany Library boardroom at the next Board Meeting.

Nominating Committee: Dr. Scheuerle asked for a volunteer to serve on the Nominating Committee. Dr. Alma Hires agreed. Dora Reeder will be the chairman. Kay O'Rourke is the other member of the committee. Committee recommendations will be heard at the June meeting.

Committee Meeting Dates:

Planning Committee: 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 in the John F. Germany Library boardroom.

Policy and Bylaws Committee: 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 in the John F. Germany Library boardroom.

Nominating Committee: Noon on Wednesday, May 22 in the John F. Germany Library boardroom.

Budget Committee: 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the John F. Germany Library boardroom.

Library Board meeting: 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the John F. Germany Library boardroom.

Dr. Scheuerle stated that the terms of Helen Swisshelm, Dora Reeder, Mary Sherman, and Anniece Ross would expire in June. He asked that they contact Barbara Marquette if they wished to reapply.


The Friends of the Library held their annual meeting on Thursday, April 18th. The following awards were given "Staff Friend" - the Popular Library Staff. "Friend from the Library Board" - Helen Swisshelm. Bernadette Stork and Ed Hirschberg received gold library cards. "Friend of the Year" - Commissioner Jim Norman. And Dorothy Van Balen was also honored for her years of service with the Friends.

The Jan Platt coffee shop contract has been awarded. The Book Ends Café will be opening in mid-May or early June.

"The Cigar Label", the first joint program with the History Center, will be presented tonight at 7pm at the John F. Germany Library. Andy Hughes, from the USF Florida History Resource Center, has arranged for the author/speaker program.

The Austin Davis Library is hosting "Dinner in the Stacks" on May 18th. Sponsored by the Friends of the Austin Davis Library.

The Beulah Baptist Church e-Library dedication will be at 10am on May 10th. Dora Reeder and Margaret Fisher stated that they would attend.




The meeting was adjourned at 6pm.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: May 23, 2002
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

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