Birmingham Public Library Board Minutes


February 25, 2016

8:30 a.m.

Central Library Boardroom

Meeting Called By

Kimberly Richardson, President

Type of Meeting

Regular Board Meeting


Trustees: Kimberly Richardson, President; Georgia Morgan Blair, Vice-President; Gwendolyn Amamoo, Willie S. Davis III, Patty A. Pilkerton, Eunice Johnson Rogers, Dora Sims, James A. Sullivan, Judge Scott Vowell, Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch
Staff: Angela Fisher Hall, Director; Sandra Vick Lee, Deputy Director; Edith Major, Personnel Officer; Jamilah Woods, Personnel Assistant; Danny Dorroh, Business Office Manager; Olivia Alison, Director of Development; Roy Williams, Director of Public Relations; Carrie Campbell, Grant Writer; and Melinda Shelton, Webmaster.
Others Present: : Tyrone Silmon, Library Board Liaison from Mayor’s Office; Michelle Herd, Committee Assistant to Council President Johnathan Austin; Darryl Lee, Executive Assistant to Councilor Valerie Abbott; Hope Cooper, BPL Retiree; Yvonne Crumpler, BPL Retiree; Virginia Guthrie, BPL Retiree; and Kay Kinnear, BPL Retiree.

Call To Order

Swearing in of Officers and New Board Members

Judge Shanta Owens administered the Oath of Office to new library board members and officers. She was accompanied by Judge Shera Grant.

Approval of Agenda

Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch moved approval of the agenda with the addition of Public Voices and a Personnel Committee Report. Georgia Morgan Blair seconded the motion which passed.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Georgia Morgan Blair moved approval of the Consent Agenda which was seconded by Dora Sims and approved.


There were no presentations made during this meeting.

Operational Items Requiring Board Approval

Jim Sisson and Claire Parker were introduced and given an opportunity to speak to the board regarding the library’s strategic plan. Patty Pilkerton moved approval of a contract with Vantage Associates for the strategic planning process which would be signed by Library Director Angela Hall. Judge Scott Vowell seconded the motion which passed. Gwendolyn R. Amamoo abstained. Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch asked that the contract be reviewed by the City’s legal department before signing.

Terry Oglesby, City Architect

Terry Oglesby gave an update on the anticipated cost to make the escalators stairs—about $200,000. He stated the project would be very involved and that stairs would make the area look completely different. The cost was approximately $460,000 to replace the escalators. Terry indicated the work would have to be bid and he was not certain how long it would take to create a staircase. Oglesby reported that repairs were underway to address the ceiling tiles that fell at the Woodlawn Library.

Nicole King, City Attorney

Nicole King reported that Melissa Smiley is completing work on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Library and Foundation Boards. Attorney King also stated the Friends representative is an advisory position and must sit with the public and express concerns with the public voices.

New Business

Gwendolyn Amamoo was appointed as the Board’s Parliamentarian. Committee chairs and members were also identified:

Director's Report

Overview of Activities for this Period:

Other Activities Around Our System for this Period:

In this portion of our report, Deputy Director Sandra Vick Lee has given special focus to the variety of partnership our branch and department staff are engaged in carrying out. Please review and let us know if you have questions.

Libraries Visited/Meetings Attended/ Community Events During This Period:

This listing basically covers my involvement in activities during this period. Deputy Director Sandra Vick Lee is also involved in a number of activities that she reports to me and those items are used for her evaluation.

Update of Library Services

Facilities Management

Accomplishment of Objectives Set Forth in Strategic Plan

Financial Reports and Grants

Where I Need Your Assistance

I need assistance in moving forward with a few items which include the following:

What I Am Currently Reading or Listening To:

I just finished listening to a number of great things. After attending a concert by Dianne Reeves at the Hoover Library Theatre, I checked out two of her CDs that were available at the Central Library. She is a wonderful singer and entertainer. Her CD, Beautiful Life, made the ride to and from work pretty upbeat.

Toni Morrison’s book Home was one of the audio books I picked up recently. It’s the story of a Korean war vet who finds his way home in time to save his sister who is near death after a doctor “practices” medicine using her as a test case. The story was actually read by Toni Morrison and was rather short—only 4 discs. However, I was reminded once again—no matter how short the story—that Morrison is a masterful storyteller. Heartbreaking with poignant reminders, for me, of what the Tuskegee Syphilis Study may have produced.


Submitted By

Angela Fisher Hall, Secretary