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

MINUTES FROM THE JANUARY 24, 2002 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
WESTGATE REGIONAL LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Scheuerle called the meeting to order. A quorum was present.

Joe Stines introduced Assistant County Administrator, Kathy Harris.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

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

Library Board Excused:
Mary Sherman

Library Board Absent:


Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director of Libraries
Marcee Challener, Manager Public Service
David Wullschleger, Manager Operations & Technology
Linda Gillon, Manager Staff & Administrative Support
Maurice Site, Chief Librarian, Planning and Analysis
Al Carlson, Chief Librarian, Automated Services

Jackie Zebos, Administrative Services
Gina DuBois, Administrative Services
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Assistant

 

Special Guests:
Kathy Harris, Assistant County Administrator
Assistant County Attorney, Linda Davidson

Members of the Public:
Rob Gamester


APPROVAL OF THE DECEMBER 3, 2001 MINUTES

The minutes of the November 5, 2001 Special Call Meeting minutes were approved. Motion to approve was made by Helen Swisshelm and seconded by Mary Silver. Motion passed unanimously. The minutes of the December 3, 2001 Library Board were approved. Motion to approve was made by Sandra Cameron and seconded by Helen Swisshelm.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

Mr. Rob Gamester, Town N' Country Community Plan, discussed how the Westgate Regional Library expansion might fit into the community plan which covers the area from Hillsborough Ave. and Paula Dr., to Town N' Country Blvd. and Hanley Rd. Mr. Gamester stated that Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation owns the property adjacent to the library and there is discussion of adding a Senior Adult Day Care Center as well as the existing Head Start facility. Architectural Services and Planning and Growth Management are considering the plan and the needs of county citizens and incorporation into the possible development of a Town Center.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    PLANNING COMMITTEE:

    Sandra Cameron, Co-Chair, reported that the committee met on January 15, 2002 at the John F. Germany Library. Joe Kolinsky, Hillsborough County Schools, Director, Adult Technical Training Department, requested staff and funds to create a partnership similar to Egypt Lake for the D. W. Waters School. The committee directed staff to research grants. Mr. Stines stated that staff had thought that a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant would be possible, however, grant money is scarce since September 11th.

    The North Tampa Library has a number of problems. Since funding is not available until 2004 the committee will conduct a feasibility study with assistance from the Real Estate Department.

    The committee received a proposal from Bill Bishop to exchange property at the Upper Tampa Bay site for a driveway through Mr. Bishop's property. The county would be losing the most valuable part of the property in exchange for a driveway. There is no guarantee that after the property was exchanged that the proposed shared parking would meet library needs. The committee voted to reject Mr. Bishop's proposal. Mr. Stines stated that Public Works has agreed it is possible to change the median cut when the library is built at this site.

    The next Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2002, 4:00pm at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library.

    BUDGET COMMITTEE:

    Helen Swisshelm, Chair, reported that staff is revising the budget report which will more realistically represent expenditures. The committee will present the new format at the next Board meeting.

    It was the consensus of the committee that the Director's salary has been elevated to a competitive level. The committee will begin studying the managers' salary range.

    The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for February 19, 2002, 2:30pm at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library.

    POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

    Anniece Ross, Chair, reported that the committee met today and finalized the revisions to the Bylaws. Redline copies will be distributed to the Board for their approval at the next meeting.

    The committee is developing a procedure for considering requests to serve alcohol at library facilities.

    Ms. Swisshelm reviewed with the Board Article III Duties, Sections A and B of the Bylaws.

    The next Policies and Bylaws Committee meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2002, 2:30pm at the Temple Terrace Library.

    INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

    None.

    SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PUBLIC ART:

    None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Computer Report - Gina DuBois reported that the handout was an update to the report that was distributed earlier in response to the Board's request for information on Public Access computers. Ms. DuBois stated that this report is just a snapshot and that the number of computers reported today is higher than it was in November 2001. The numbers will continue to change as new hardware/software is added. Mr. Stines asked when the Bookmobile would be on line? Al Carlson stated that it would probably be April 1, 2002.

Reports showing the amounts paid annually for Volunteer Parking at the Poe Garage and Dues and Memberships were distributed to the Board members. Ms. Cameron asked Mr. Stines to explain the Urban Libraries Council dues stating that it was a considerable amount ($5,000). Mr. Stines stated that the Urban Libraries Council is the largest independent organization that works cooperatively with the American Library Association. It is for metropolitan libraries that serve large cities or large populated counties. The dues have increased this year. The library receives reports, studies, and surveys as well as discounts to various conferences, etc. All major libraries in Florida are members except Duval.

NEW BUSINESS:

Chairman, Bill Scheuerle presented a plaque to Sandra Cameron for her outstanding service to the Board as past chair.

Chairman, Bill Scheuerle asked for self-nominations to the Board's committees. Laura Vickers was appointed to the Planning Committee, and Anniece Ross to the Budget Committee. Dora Reeder and Kay O'Rourke will serve on the Nominating Committee.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

The legislative session has begun and the House Tourism Committee has considered a report, paid for by a major lobbyist that recommended privatization of public libraries. Jo Terry and Claire Cardina, from the Friends of the Library, went to Tallahassee and spoke to the committee. Because we are one of the most populous states in the country with many libraries, a company called LSSI has targeted Florida. Other states that have been targeted are California, New Jersey and Texas. The Florida Library Association is opposed to this movement. There may come a bill this session that might combine this issue with other issues such as filtering and state aid. Secretary Harris has proposed no cuts for the budget during 2003.

A quarterly circulation analysis from 1998-2002 was distributed.

Annual Staff Development Day will be held on February 18th at the John F. Germany Library from 9-4.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

None.

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:50pm

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: February 28, 2002
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: Temple Terrace Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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