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 JUNE 27, 2002 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
JOHN F. GERMANY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 4-6PM

CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Scheuerle called the meeting to order.

ROLL CALL AND ATTENDANCE OF STAFF & SPECIAL GUESTS:

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

Library Board Excused:
William Scheuerle, Mary Silver

Library Board Absent:
Mary Sherman

Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director, Library Services
Marcee Challener, Manager, Public Service
Linda Gillon, Manager, Staff & Administrative Support
Assistant County Attorney, Cindy Oster

Suzy George, Facilities Officer
Michele Crowe, Senior Secretary

 

Special Guests:

None

Members of the Public:

None

APPROVAL OF THE MAY 23, 2002 MINUTES

Sandra Cameron asked that the word 'directed' on page three of the May 23, 2002 minutes be changed to 'requested'. Minutes were approved as corrected.

The May Committee Minutes were accepted as presented with the exception of the Planning Committee minutes, which were corrected to read Center Park not Center Place.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

    Dr. Alma Hires placed the following nominations before the Board: Bill Scheuerle, Chair; Helen Swisshelm, Vice Chair; Alma Hires, Secretary. Nominations from the floor were requested. There were no nominations. This action will be presented at the next Library Board meeting.

    PLANNING COMMITTEE:

    None.

    BUDGET COMMITTEE:

    Mr. Stines gave a brief review of the Budget meeting held today. The monthly budget report was reviewed. Mr. Stines stated that $125,000 would be moved into Character 30 from the Library District Reserves to provide funding needed for an emergency cleanup, rate increases in electricity, and increased security costs. Any remaining funds at year's end will be returned to the Library District Reserve.

    POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

    Anniece Ross, Chairman, stated that the committee met on May 22, 2002. She requested that the Library Board Chairman appoint a new chair for this committee since her appointment has ended. Ms. Reeder will serve on a temporary basis. Additionally, Ms. Ross requested that the Library Board Chair convene the Internet Use Ad Hoc Subcommittee to determine if Library Policy and Procedure #307 is in compliance with the new court decision. It was suggested that Assistant County Attorneys, Linda Davidson and Steven Todd attend the committee meetings when appropriate.

    Review of the Library Board's Bylaws (Duties) continued.

    The committee suggested that a method for soliciting community input about naming library facilities be added to the policies and procedures. A copy of the Chairman's response to Ms. Smith's request to rename the 78th Street Community Library was distributed.

    INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

    None.

    SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

    None.

    PUBLIC ART:

    Kay O'Rourke presented an update on the Public Art Committee meeting held on June 3rd. They visited a frame and art shop to view memorabilia displays for the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. Mr. Stines will invite the Keels to look at the displays and state their preferences.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

None.

NEW BUSINESS:

Israel Grajales, Architectural Services, stated that Public Works Dept. has determined that a traffic light is warranted in front of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library. However, it is a low priority and would cost between $50 - $80,000 more than the current plan of constructing a deceleration lane.

Funding has been approved for a deceleration lane entering the library, closing the median, and creating a right turn only exit onto Bearss Ave. The engineer in charge of the project told Mr. Grajales that if this work were completed a traffic signal would not be necessary.

Sandra Cameron made the motion that an e-mail be sent to Mike McCarthy, Traffic Section Manager, Public Works, that the Library Board recommends the installation of a traffic light on Bearss Ave. in front of the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library with a left turn signal for the west bound lane. Future consideration for a deceleration lane on the east bound lane, additional sidewalks, and additional signage for both access roads (Bearss Ave. and Smitter Rd.) should be noted. Laura Vickers seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

The City of Tampa produced a report entitled the Digital Divide Directory in which they recognize the efforts made by Library Services in bringing computers to the public. We have partnered with the City at two of their new recreation centers. Their Internet lines run through the library's filter. If this proves successful Library Services would enter into an inter-local agreement with the City of Tampa to create more E-Libraries through the city's recreation centers.

The average waiting time for Internet computers, filtered and no preference, is thirty minutes. Unfiltered is thirty-five minutes.

In an effort to increase security, surveillance cameras are being installed in the John F. Germany Public Library and an additional security guard will be posted in the Popular Library.

Anniece Ross suggested that the library should review materials with regard to aiding the English speaker to learn Spanish. She pointed out that many products listed in the catalog are missing. Mr. Stines stated that the Online Committee is investigating on-line products that would accomplish this and would reduce the loss of materials.

Marcee Challener unveiled the new Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative library card designed by Patrice Koerper and Jane English. These will go into service as soon as current inventory is used.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Planning Committee - Thursday, July 18 at 2:00pm at the John F. Germany Public Library.

Policy & Bylaws Committee - Wednesday, July 24 at 1:30pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

Budget Committee - Thursday, July 25 at 2:30pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

Library Board - Thursday, July 25 at 4:00pm at the John F. Germany Public Library

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: July 25, 2002
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise


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