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 JULY 22, 2OO4 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
78TH STREET COMMUNITY LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Laura Vickers, Dora Reeder,
Ted Corwin, James Martin,
Helen Swisshelm, Sandra Cameron,
and Jim Johnson
Library Board Excused:
Alma Hires, Kay O'Rourke,
and Jim Johnson
Absent: William Scheuerle
and Margaret Fisher

Library Staff Present:
Marcee Challener, Interim Director, Library Services
Linda Gillon, Manager, Programming
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations

Suzy George, Chief Librarian
Barbara Marquette, Senior Executive Secretary.
 

Special Guests:
None.

Members of the Public:

Fred Hearns, President, Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries

APPROVAL OF THE LIBRARY BOARD June 24, 2004 MINUTES

Ms. Vickers called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. A quorum was not present.

Approval of the Library Board Minutes of June 24, 2004 was deferred to August 26th.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

Fred Hearns, President, Ada T. Payne Friends of the Library, stated that at the October Library Board meeting the Board voted to hire a consultant for the Saunders Library expansion. At this time there has been very little activity. Mr. Wullschleger stated that negotiations have been ongoing and that he would follow up and let Mr. Hearns know.

Mr. Hearns stated that the minutes of the June 24th meeting showed, the Library Board voted approval for the naming of the meeting room at the Saunders Library. The name that was agreed upon was never discussed with the Friends. Mr. Hearns would like to go on record stating that the Board deviated from the procedure that has been followed for the past year. In the past, all of the names being recommended for the Urban Libraries have come through the Friends as a courtesy. The members appreciate having the opportunity to comment on the choices. This procedure was not followed when naming the Saunders meeting room. Ms. Challener responded saying that the there was a sense of needing to go forward with the naming requests and didn't realize until later that this name had not been forwarded to the Friends. The Committee did deviate from past practice but are still in compliance with the policy because it recommends getting community input specifically on naming facilities, not on naming rooms. However, if there are any concerns about that decision you need to let the Board know. Mr. Hearns stated that the Friends were satisfied with the decision.

Mr. Martin came in and a quorum was present. The order of business was changed to approval of the minutes. Ms. Swisshelm moved that the minutes be approved as corrected. Ms. Cameron seconded. The minutes were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS: There were no committee meetings in July.

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

PUBLIC ART:

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Adoption of the Bylaws was postponed until the next meeting.

Election of Officers: The Chair passed the gavel to the Nominating Committee.

Ms. Swisshelm stated that the Nominating Committee recommended that the current officers remain in office. Ms. Swisshelm asked for nominations from the floor for the office of Chairman. There were no nominations. Ms. Swisshelm called for the vote. It was unanimous.

Ms. Swisshelm asked for nominations from the floor for the office of Vice Chairman. There were no nominations. Ms. Swisshelm called for the vote. It was unanimous.

Ms. Swisshelm asked for nominations from the floor for the office of Secretary. There were no nominations. Ms. Swisshelm called for the vote. It was unanimous.

Officers: Chair, Laura Vickers; Vice-Chair, Alma Hires; Secretary, Ted Corwin.

Ms. Vickers resumed the gavel.

Ms. Vickers announced that the Library Board members who had reapplied were (Laura Vickers, William Scheuerle, Jim Johnson, and Alma Hires) were approved for a full term by the BOCC.

Ms. Swisshelm stated that the Lutz Library rededication is scheduled for Friday, August 13, and on Monday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. the Lutz Friends will be having their first guest speaker, Ann Turner Cook the “Gerber Baby”. Ms. Cook is a mystery writer and is working on her third book.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Johnson reported that he attended a meeting of the SouthShore Round Table with guests Dr. Carl Soto and Jan Stein. As a result of this meeting, the SouthShore Arts Council was formed and the possibility of a future partnership with the SouthShore Regional Library. The South Shore Arts Council is planning a visit to Center Place on Monday, July 26th.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Ms. Challener stated that Library circulation has maintained a steady 2% increase all year with July typically being the biggest month. New Sunday hours have begun at the Lutz Library.

There have been several inquiries from reporters over the last few days about the Germany Master Plan as well as several articles about the Cultural Arts District. The master plan final report is due in early August.

The Fendig Library will be closed for renovations beginning Saturday, July 31.

Chief Librarian, Suzy George, is heading a task coordinating the opening of the South Brandon and Upper Tampa Bay libraries.

The BOCC approved the West Gate Town Center Plan at their July 21st meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget - Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Planning - Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 1:30 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Policy & Bylaws- Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 2:30 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Library Board - Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 4:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:55 pm.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: August 26, 2004
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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