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 AUGUST 25, 2005 PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
JOHN F. GERMANY PUBLIC 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, Dora Reeder,
James Martin, Sandra Cameron,
Alma Hires, William Scheuerle,
Bob Argus, Michelle Schofner,
Margaret Fisher
Library Board Excused:
Kay O'Rourke
Laura Vickers
James Harkins

Library Staff Present:
Joe Stines, Director of Library Services;
Linda Gillon, Manager, Programming;
David Wullschleger, Manager, Operations;
Jackie Zebos, Manager, Administrative & Reference Services;


Suzanne George, Chief Librarian;
Barbara Marquette, Senior Executive Secretary;
Linda Davidson, Assistant County Attorney
 

Special Guests:
None.

Members of the Public:
Dr. Linda Alexander, University of South Florida Library School
Bart Birdsall

APPROVAL OF THE LIBRARY BOARD July 28, 2005

Dr. Fisher made the motion that the July 28, 2005 minutes be approved. Mrs. Reeder seconded. Linda Davidson made corrections to the minutes. The minutes were approved as amended.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

Dr. Linda Alexander, University of South Florida Library School, made comments about the gay pride display at the West Gate Public Library. (Copies of Dr. Alexander's statement are on file.)

Bart Birdsall asked the Library Board to consider displays in recognition of Gay History Month during October.

John F. Germany Master Plan

Suzanne George, Chief Librarian, stated that approximately one year ago at the Library Board's request a consultant was hired to review the John F. Germany Public Library's role in the community and to recommend a long term plan for the services that we would like to offer in the community over the next 20 years. As a result, Heery International, Inc. was hired. Heery worked with a library consultant to develop a space plan for the library's long-term programming issues and conceptual ideas of what the building may look like. Jean Honeycutt and Terry Taylor presented the report. Copies of the Executive Summary were distributed to the Library Board members.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

Chair, Bill Scheuerle stated that the budget was in order and that funds were being realigned. The Board of County Commissioners has proposed increasing the Library Taxing District rate of .6423 by 1/20th of a mil to .6923. Two Public Budget Hearings are scheduled for September 9 and September 22 both at 6:00 p.m. at the Fred Karl County Center. There will be no Budget Committee meeting in September. The next meeting will be at 1:00 p.m. on October 25 at the John F. Germany Public Library.

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Chair, James Martin, Jr. stated that the purchase of the additional property for the Riverview Library is still in negotiations but looks promising. The Committee also discussed the pros and cons of building a library in the FishHawk development and the possibility of alternate sites. For clarity the Committee changed the name from FishHawk to the FishHawk-Lithia Area. There was also discussion regarding the renewal of the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Tampa MIS Department. Mr. Stines will bring information back to the Committee at their September meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 pm. on September 20 at the Jan K. Platt Regional Library.

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

No meeting was held in August. The Chairman scheduled a meeting for 10:00 a.m. on September 13 at the John F. Germany Public Library and 2:30 p.m. on September 22 at the Jan K. Platt Regional Library.

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

None.

SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

None.

PUBLIC ART:

None.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Mr. Stines commented on each committee for the new Board members. The Chairman made the following Committee appointments: Bob Argus, Budget and Planning; Michelle Schofner, Budget.

Budget - Chair, William Scheuerle; Vice Chair, Bob Argus; Sandra Cameron; James Martin; Dora Reeder; and Michelle Schofner.

Planning - Chair, James Martin; Vice Chair, Sandra Cameron; Bob Argus; Kay O'Rourke; Margaret Fisher; Jim Harkins; and Dora Reeder.

Long Range Planning Ad Hoc - William Scheuerle

Policies and Bylaws - Chair, Laura Vicker; Vice Chair, Alma Hires; Sandra Cameron; and James Martin.

Public Art - Bloomingdale - William Scheuerle

NEW BUSINESS:

Dr. Scheuerle asked whether the Board members would receive copies of the letter to the editors of the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times. Mr. Stines stated that copies had been mailed to all Library Board members. Dr. Scheuerle made the motion that copies of that letter be sent to all citizens who spoke during the public comments segment of the July Library Board meeting held at the Ruskin Public Library and also to Linda Alexander. Mr. Martin seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The new Library Board members, Bob Argus and Michelle Schofner, were introduced.

The 2005-2006 Library Board meeting schedule was deferred to the September meeting.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Mr. Stines stated in response to Dr. Alexander's comments today that Library Services sent four staff members to the ALA Conference this year and there were may have been those who attended on their own. Also, Dr. Alexander has an article being published in the Florida Libraries journal and he has been asked to give an alternative commentary.

Children's Coordinator, Susan Oliver, presented the books that are used in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This is a program where children in targeted geographic areas receive a book each month, through the mail, from birth until their fifth birthday.

Mr. Stines stated that former Library Board member J. Bob Humphries had passed away and that he would like to purchase a book on behalf of the Library board in memory of Mr. Humphries. Since a quorum was no longer present, this will be deferred to the September meeting.

The Chairman read a letter from former Board member Edwin "Ted" Corwin.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget - Tuesday, September 13, 2005 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library.

Planning - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library.

Policy & Bylaws - Tuesday, September 13, 2005, John F. Germany Public Library and Thursday, September 22, 2005 2:30 p.m. at the Jan K. Platt Regional Library.

Library Board - Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 4:00 p.m. at the Jan K. Platt Regional Library.

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: September 22, 2005
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: Jan K. Platt Regional Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise.


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