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 MARCH 23, 2006 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
JIMMIE B. KEEL REGIONAL LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Mr. Johnson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. A quorum was present.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

Library Board Members Present:
Jim Johnson, Chair
Laura Vickers, Dora Reeder,
James Martin, Sandra Cameron
Alma Hires, Bob Argus,
Michelle Schofner, James Harkins

Library Board Excused:
William Scheuerle, Margaret Fisher,
Kay O'Rourke

Library Staff Present:
Jackie Zebos, Manager, Administrative & Reference Services, representing Mr. Stines;
Linda Gillon, Manager, Programming;
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations;



Suzanne George, Chief Librarian;
Gina DuBois, Administrative Services Coordinator;
Barbara Marquette, Administrative Specialist;
Assistant County Attorney Alicia Gonzalez.
 

Special Guests:
None.

Members of the Public:
None

APPROVAL OF THE LIBRARY BOARD February 23, 2006 MINUTES

Mr. Argus made the motion that the February 23, 2006 minutes be approved. Mr. Harkins seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

Vice-Chair Bob Argus stated that a quorum was not present at the February Committee meeting. A question was raised regarding Capital line item 6403 an unbudgeted expenditure of $74. Ms. Zebos stated that this was for signage for the Cybermobile van.

The Decision Units for the FY 07 Budget were discussed.

#1 Reclassify Library Assistant to Principal Library Assistant (restore position to WEG)

#2 Collection Enhancements for Bloomingdale and Upper Tampa Bay Libraries

#3 Reclassify Chief Librarian to Unclassified Manager (Capital Projects)

#4 Web Hosting and Design

Mr. Argus made the motion that the Library Board accept the four proposed Decision Units. Mr. Harkins seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Chair, James Martin stated that the Committee discussed the Sulphur Springs, West Gate, and New Tampa projects and asked Mr. Wullschleger to comment. Mr. Wullschleger stated that the School District is working on the interlocal agreement for the Sulphur Springs project and the floor plan has been finalized for West Gate.

Future plans for the John F. Germany Public Library will be discussed at the April meeting.

Pictures of the work in progress of the new parking lot at the Riverview Library were distributed to the Library Board.

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

Chair, Laura Vickers stated that the Committee recommends to the Library Board that the Bylaws be approved as received. Dr. Hires seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Committee recommends to the Library Board that Policy LS 902 be approved as received. Mr. Harkins seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Ms. Vickers stated that the committee discussed seasonal displays at libraries; a more uniform policy is being developed by staff.

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

None.

SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

None.

PUBLIC ART:

None.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Ruskin Incorporation - Assistant County Attorney, Alicia Gonzalez reported that there has been no change in the status of the Ruskin incorporation bill. She stated that the language concerning the Library Taxing District read, "The City shall remain within the County wide Library Services Tax System and shall derive no revenue from this tax." Mr. Johnson stated that the Ruskin Chamber of Commerce has been scheduled a meeting for March 30th at the Ruskin Moose Lodge at 1212 Shellpoint Road East. County staff will be there to offer input and answer questions.

NEW BUSINESS:

Library Hour Adjustments - Ms. Zebos stated that operating hours are reviewed on an annual basis and adjustments are made to provide opportunities for additional hours of service. The proposed changes would become effective on May 1st. Discussion followed. Mr. Argus asked that consideration be given to adding Sulphur Springs to the proposed list. Mr. Martin asked that the hours at West Tampa, College Hill and Saunders libraries be extended. Mr. Argus asked that Fendig be considered for additional hours and that West Tampa, Saunders and College Hill be open on Sunday. Mr. Stines will report to the Board at the April meeting.

John Germany Future Planning - Mr. Wullschleger stated that Mr. Stines would like to establish a committee of Library Board and Friends of the Library representative to work with Architectural Services to develop a funding strategy. Mr. Martin suggested that the Library Board representative should be the Planning Committee and any other interested Library Board members in order to avoid double reporting and that instead of a committee this should be a workshop in order to eliminate the need for a quorum.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Ms. Zebos stated that Connie May Fowler was a guest speaker at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library today where approximately ninety-five persons attended.

All repairs to the Cybermobile have been completed. Dedication plans are being developed.

This year's State Aid award of $1.6 million has been received but was reduced by $22,000 over last year. It has been a trend over the last few years that the Cooperative's State Aid has decreased annually. Ms. Gillon is going to Tallahassee with some of the Friends of the Library to lobby for increased funding of Library programs including State Aid.

Ms. Gillon updated the Board on upcoming programs: 26th Annual Storytelling Festival will be held on April 8th at Middleton High School. Librarians are working with the School District to develop Summer Programs. One Book One Community is going well. Several programs featuring the author, Connie May Fowler are going on throughout the County.

Mr. Harkins recommended that the Cybermobile be scheduled to visit the Wimauma area. Ms. Zebos will provide the Library Board with a schedule for the Cybermobile.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Planning - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 2:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Policy & Bylaws - Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 3:30 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

Library Board - Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 4:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: April 27, 2006
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise.


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