Meeting of the Board - Monday, December 19, 2011

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 3:30pm

3:30 PM

The monthly meeting of the Board of the St Louis County Library District was held at Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63131 on Monday, December 19, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. The agenda had been posted in all branches of the Library District at least 24 hours before the meeting.


            Library Board Members:                    

                        Dr. Lynn Beckwith, President

                        Edith Cunnane, Vice President

                        Kenneth Stricker, Treasurer

                        Dr. Chingling Tai, Secretary

                        Elena Kenyon, Member

            Administrators and Guests Attending:

Charles Pace, Director; Gary Holdefer, Associate Director & Comptroller; Barbara Brain, Assistant Director, Adult and Support Services; Barbara Turkington, Asst Director, Advancement; Kristen Sorth, Sr. Mgr., Human Resources; Gib Van Cleve, Manager, ITS; Eric Button, Community Services Administrator; and Lisa Stump, Counsel, Lashly & Baer.

            SLCL Staff attending:

Stephanie Nordmann, Tracy Fletcher, Edith Isele, Trudy Williams, Jenny Via, Steve Hibbler, Amy Hanaway, Kate Gerblick, Roz Kohen, Bar Urban, Cynthia Schultz, Dotie Wobbe, Connie Dee, Christina Pryor, Anna Schurk, Keir Haug, Jennifer McBride, Kathy Wiese, Laura Kasak, Nicole Clawson, Parkie Peck, Donna Spaulding, Emily Althoff, Michael Cohen, Joyce Loving, Kate Grantham, Scott Holl, Lori Boschert, Erin Chapman, Denise Keller, Mary Arnhart, Larry Kornfeld, Jennifer Jung, Kathy Condon Boettcher, and Sandra Williams.



The Regular Minutes, dated November 21, 2011 were approved by the Board (Cunnane/Kenyon).




Resignation of  SLCL Board Treasurer Kenneth Stricker

Dr. Beckwith announced that Kenneth Stricker was stepping down from the Board after serving for eleven years.  Mr. Stricker said he would miss everyone and that he was happy to be of service to the Library by helping to grow the Pension fund and serving as treasurer of the Library Board.

Mrs. Cunnane expressed her regrets at his departure.  She said it was difficult to lose LaRussa, Pujols and Stricker in the same year.

Dr. Tai said he would be missed especially his contributions as treasurer.

Mrs. Kenyon expressed her gratitude to Mr. Stricker and thanked him for his service.

Mr. Pace expressed his pleasure in having worked with him on the Library and Pension boards.  He also mentioned that he appreciated his guidance in the budget preparation.

Mr. Holdefer thanked Mr. Sricker for his guidance and keeping both the Library and pension Plan fiscally sound.

Attorney Lisa Stump said she agreed with everyone that Mr. Stricker would be missed.

Mr. Pace read a Resolution that was signed by each Board member.



The Treasurer's Report, dated November 30, 2011 was approved subject to audit (Cunnane/Tai).  Mr. Holdefer reported that the new Eureka Hills Branch is open to the public.  He also reported that the "Overdue" campaign billboard signs are up across St. Louis County.



Customer service issues

Mr. Pace reported that a number of informal comments regarding the new website both positive and negative have been received.   He said many of the customers like the ease of use and flexibility of the new site. However, there are always a number who don't like certain aspects of the change. We have already made a number of tweaks based on customer feedback.

He announced that the Library had another record month in November with usage exceeding one million items for the first time in any November and total circulation increasing by 6.55 percent compared to November of 2010. We are on track to have circulation well in excess of 12 million items this year.


Major Library events

He reported that Gregory Maguire gave a nice lecture with his New York Times bestselling "Wicked" series. Over 300 people attended this program on November 15th.


Mr. Pace said that most facilities projects are in the final stages as the staff work to get things completed before the end of the year. Staff did encounter an issue with some of the exterior signs that are being manufactured as one of the sign companies did not have the correct colors for the paint to be used. Once we have the paint samples to approve, they should be able to finish the exterior signs fairly quickly. We have also run into problems with a couple of municipalities with regard to sign installations and one issue has been turned over to our legal counsel to pursue a resolution.


Staff In-Service Day

Mr. Pace reported that the Library held its second ever staff in-service day on Thursday, October 20. There was 446 staff that attended this event; mostly full-time employees but some part-time staff as well. There were six breakout sessions held for staff on such topics as dealing with mental illness, emedia, financial boot camp, genealogy, nutrition/yoga, and social media. We surveyed the staff ahead of time to select topics. Kevin Demoff of the Rams was our keynote speaker and he gave a very lively speech about service to the community. We also presented the co-employee of the year awards to Mary Carol Alice and Stephanie Nordmann for their service to the Library.  After the event we surveyed the staff regarding their experience and received many favorable comments. I am attaching a copy of the Co-Lib article on In-Service day which provides more details about the programs presented.


Upcoming Library Events

Mr. Pace reported that there are a number of upcoming programs including Author Thrity Umrigar,s "The World We Found" on Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m in the Headquarters Auditorium.

Mr. Pace announced that the upcoming Black History Celebration will feature Actress Lynn Whitfield as the Black History Month Kick-off speaker.  This will take place Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m. at Headquarters.  He noted that Sandy Williams will serve as co-chair of the event.

Ms. Whitfield vaulted to international attention in the title role of "The Josephine Baker Story" in the 1991 HBO biopic, which won her an Emmy for her compelling portrayal. Whitfield has achieved great success as the star of stage, television and the silver screen. She will soon be seen in the upcoming film, "Mama I Want to Sing," joining music legend Patti La Belle and outstanding newcomer Ciara, in a re-make of the off-Broadway play on the life of R&B singer Doris Troy. 









Gib Van Cleve, ITS Manager, requested approved for web e-commerce software that will allow customers to pay their library debt from home or off site locations.  The Board approved the request (Stricker/Kenyon).

Dr. Beckwith requested that future recommendations for expenditures should indicate if the item was budgeted versus if there is money that can be used to make the purchase.



Communications Manager Jennifer McBride and Community Services Administrator Eric Button presented a PowerPoint presentation on the visit of staff to the King County Library. Mr. Button discussed the overall facility differences and pointed out that many of their buildings are "green and eco friendly".

Ms. McBride reported that she is recommending SLCL return to printing its Annual Report with pictures to help customers understand the Library's overall plan.


Happy Holidays

Dr. Beckwith wished the staff a happy holiday season.



Mr. Stricker moved that the meeting adjourn.  Mrs. Cunnane seconded.The meeting adjourned at 4:18 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,



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     Dr. Chingling Tai, Secretary                                                          Date



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