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 SEPTEMBER 22, 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, Chair
Laura Vickers, Dora Reeder,
James Martin, Sandra Cameron,
Alma Hires, William Scheuerle,
Bob Argus, Michelle Schofner,
Kay O'Rourke, James Harkins
Library Board Excused:
Margaret Fisher

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;
Gina DuBois, Administrative Services Coordinator;
Aracelis Putnam, Administrative Assistant;
Barbara Marquette, Senior Executive Secretary;
Linda Davidson, Assistant County Attorney
 

Special Guests:
None.

Members of the Public:
None

APPROVAL OF THE LIBRARY BOARD August 25, 2005

Mr. Martin made the motion that the August 25, 2005 minutes be approved as amended. Mr. Argus seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

None.

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC/SPECIAL GUESTS:

None.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

BUDGET COMMITTEE:

Chair, Bill Scheuerle stated that the Budget Committee did not meet in September. The last Public Hearing for the FY06-07 Budget is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the County Center.

PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Chair, James Martin, Jr. stated that staff was directed to work with the Real Estate Department to locate an alternative site for the FishHawk-Lithia Pinecrest area. The Committee will be taking a tour of the Seminole, Suphur Springs and North Tampa libraries.

The Committee is recommending to the Library Board that the Interlocal Agreement with the City of Tampa MIS Department be renewed for two years. Effective September 30, 2007 the third floor of the West building would be available for use as a public space. The fourth floor of the West building would be renewed for an additional three years (September 30, 2009). This would allow them time to relocate their computer equipment.

It was the consensus of the Committee that the John F. Germany master plan be discussed after the structural study has been received.

Mr. Johnson stated that the Committee is recommending that the City's contract be renewed through 2007 for the third floor and 2009 for the fourth floor. Mr. Argus made the motion. Ms. Vickers seconded. Discussion followed. The motion passed unanimously.

POLICIES & BYLAWS COMMITTEE:

Chair, Laura Vickers stated that the Committee had several discussions regarding the policy for R rated videos. The assignment for the BOCC was to create an opt-in policy for each transaction saying that a parent had to be present at each transaction anytime a child wanted to check-out an R rated video/DVD. Staff also conducted a survey at the urban libraries several regional libraries. The committee reviewed policies.

The Committee is recommending to the Library board Option #1 Parents may choose to restrict access of their minor children to library resources such as R rated DVDs or videos. Librarians cannot act in the place of a parent. This is the current practice. A form will be created with a signature block for the parent to restrict. Discussion followed.

Dr. Scheuerle suggested the following changes: Parents may choose to restrict access of their minor children to R rated DVDs or videos. Librarians cannot act in the place of a parent. Discussion followed. Dr. Scheuerle made the motion that the Library Board votes on a revised Option #1. Parents may choose to restrict access of their minor children under the age of 17 to R rated DVDs or videos. Librarians cannot act in the place of a parent. This policy does not apply to emancipated minors. Dr. Hires seconded. Discussion followed. Mr. Stines stated that there are frequently non librarians at the check-out and suggested that Librarians be change to library staff. The amendment was accepted. Library staff was substituted for Librarians.

Dr. Scheuerle stated that on Form #1 wording be changed to "I do not want my child to check out R rated videos and DVDs." Ms. Vickers stated that the policy would read, "Parents may choose..." but the block would read, "I chose to restrict access of my minor child under the age of 17 to R rated videos and DVDs." Ms. Schofner suggested adding legal guardian.

Dr. Scheuerle called for the vote on the policy. He restated the motion. Parents or legal guardians may choose to restrict access of their minor children under the age of 17 to R rated DVDs and videos. Library staff can not act in the place of the parent or legal guardian. This policy does not apply to emancipated minors. Ms. Davidson stated that the words to restrict access are broader than I do not want my child to borrow. Ms. Vickers suggested the wording Parents or legal guardians may choose to restrict their minor children under the age of 17 from borrowing R rated DVDs or videos. Library staff can not act in the place of the parent or legal guardian. This policy does not apply to emancipated minors. Dr. Scheuerle called for the vote. The motion passed unanimously.

INTERNET USE SUBCOMMITTEE:

None.

SCHEDULING ADHOC COMMITTEE:

None.

PUBLIC ART:

None.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

None.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Dr. Scheuerle asked whether the Tampa Tribune or the St. Petersburg Times had published the Board's letter to the Editor. The consensus was no.

Ms. Cameron asked what the reaction from the public was on the new holds policy. Ms. Zebos stated that she had received one call.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. Harkins asked why the Super Reader insert had not been published in Spanish. Ms. Gillon stated that staff would take it under consideration.

Mr. Harkins made a presentation to Mr. Johnson of his book, The Florida Catholic Heritage Trail.

It was the consensus of the Library Board to accept the 2006 Library Board meeting schedule.

Mr. Stines asked the Library Board for permission to purchase a book for the collection in memory of J. Bob Humphries, a long time Library Board member. Mr. Argus so moved. Dr. Scheuerle seconded. The Library Board Chairman will draft a letter to the family, indicating that the book has been dedicated in Mr. Humphries' memory. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Harkins thanked the Library Board for the naming of the plaza at the SouthShore Regional Library.

DIRECTOR'S REPORT:

Mr. Stines reminded the Library Board that the Board of County Commissioners was holding their final public hearing on the budget. He expects the Library's budget will be approved. This includes five new libraries and the funds to purchase additional land for the Riverview Library.

Library staff will be meeting with the School Board and the Egypt Lake Partnership Library that will be used as a model for future partnership libraries.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Budget - Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library.

Planning - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 1:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library.

Policy & Bylaws - Tuesday, October 27, 2005, at the John F. Germany Public Library.

Library Board - Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 4:00 p.m. at the John F. Germany Public Library.

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Next Library Board Meeting:
         Date: October 27, 2005
         Time: 4pm-6pm
         Location: John F. Germany Public Library

                 - Unless notified otherwise.


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