- Birmingham Public Library Board Minutes
- Call To Order
- Public Voices
- Approval of Agenda
- Approval of Consent Agenda
- Terry Oglesby
- Attorney Malera Wright, City Attorney
- Operational Items Requiring Board Approval
- Reports of the Committees
- Unfinished Business
- New Business
- Board Members' Comments
- Next Board Meeting is Tuesday July 14, 2020
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Birmingham Public Library Board Minutes
June 9, 2020
Meeting Called By
James A. Sullivan, President
Type of Meeting
Regular Board Meeting
Trustees:Willie S. Davis III, James A. Sullivan, Eunice Johnson Rogers, Judge Scott Vowell, Lynn Flowers-Martin, Sherri Nielson, Fatima Carter, Mona Lisa Morris, Kimberly Richardson
Call To Order
Board meeting was called to order by President Eunice Johnson Rogers at 4:30 p.m. Lynn Flowers-Martin provided the invocation.
Karyn Davis-West discussed recent updates on the Monumental Stairs Project. She also gave the Central Fiction department updates. In summary she shared the following updates:
- The Monumental Stairs Project and the progress of the metal frames for the stairs are being completed.
- The terrazzo steps, they will not be built until the 1st floor and 2nd floor mental frames have been constructed.
- The Central team has mad progress on fiction move and relocating the books to from the first floor to the 3rd floor.
- Updates concerning the Grand Reading Room and the fees that will be charged for events in this space will be reviewed at a future Policy Committee Meeting.
Updates on the lack of security and staffing for the 1st floor in Central Library.
Pat Rumore asked will circulation department will move back to the 1st floor in the Central Library. Karyn Davis-West confirmed that the circulation department will move back after the Monumental Stairs Project in the Central Library is completed. Judge Vowell asked about what the Fiction department space will be used for in the future. Karyn Davis-West stated it will be the Grand Reading Room and there will be some shelving with popular reading items against the wall.
There were no presentations.
There were no public voices.
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Agenda: Approval
Judge Scott Vowell motioned to accept the agenda as presented. Lynn Flowers-Martin seconded the motion. The Board responded unanimously in favor to approve the motion. Eunice Johnson Rogers confirmed that the agenda was approved as printed.
Approval of Consent Agenda
Approval of the Consent Agenda: Approval
Sherri Nielson motioned to accept the agenda as presented. Willie Davis III seconded the motion. The Board responded unanimously in favor to approve the motion. Eunice Johnson Rogers confirmed that the consent agenda was approved as printed.
Terry Oglesby discussed the following pending projects with interactive Q&A with Library Trustees and staff:
- Central East Monumental Stairs Project
- Central Storefront Door Addition
- Wylam Library Project
- Central Carpet Replacement
- Arrington Auditorium floor installation and amended contract
- Central Skylight Repair
Attorney Malera Wright, City Attorney
There was no report from Malera Wright.
Operational Items Requiring Board Approval
There were no operational items requiring Board approval.
Reports of the Committees
Chief Financial Officer, Damein Baity presented the financial report.
Finance Report: Presented
Motion to approve Finance Report: Approval
Damein Baity presented the financial report to the Board. Willie Davis III motioned to accept the financial report. Fatima Carter seconded the motion. The Board responded unanimously in favor of the motion to accept.
Long Range Planning Committee
Eunice Johnson Rogers stated a Long Range Planning Committee meeting needs to be set up before the next Board meeting. Kimberly Richardson stated she would get a Long Range Planning Committee meeting together before the next Board meeting.
Floyd Council presented short updates about the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. The Board and staff engaged in interactive discussion about plans and projected times to reopen.
Recommendation to Revisit the Reopening of the Library
Kimberly Richardson moved to accept the recommendation to revisit discussion about reopening the Library when COVID-19 reporting data has leveled off in Jefferson County. Judge Scott Vowell seconded the motion. The Board responded unanimously in favor to approve the motion. Eunice Johnson Rogers confirmed that the motion carried.
Janine Langston presented short updates about the COVID-19 Recovery Plan and Curbside Service Plan. She shared updates about JCLC handling requirements for materials and certifications that all Library locations have completed.
Langston proposed the following Birmingham Public Regional Libraries to launch Curbside Service effective June 15, 2020:
- Avondale Library
- Springville Road Library
- North Birmingham Library
- Five Points West Library
Recommendation to Start Library Curbside Service Effective June 15, 2020
Floyd Council recommended approval of Curbside Service. Judge Scott Vowell moved to accept the recommendation to start Curbside Service for the four regional libraries effective June 15, 2020. Kimberly Richardson seconded the motion to approve (with questions for clarity about what “curbside email” means. A staff reply was provided). The Board responded unanimously in favor to approve the motion. Eunice Johnson Rogers confirmed that the motion carried.
Recommendation for Resolution
Judge Scott Vowell made a recommendation for a resolution to be presented to the family of Thracie Pace, longtime BPL Friends Bookstore manager, in acknowledgement of service to the Birmingham Public Library. Kimberly Richardson motioned to approve a resolution to be presented to the family of Thracie Pace. Willie Davis III seconded the motion. The Board responded unanimously in favor of the resolution. Eunice Johnson Rogers confirmed that the motion for resolution carried.
There was no new business.
Board Members' Comments
Eunice Johnson Rogers thanked Jamal McCaskey and the Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library for finding the funding for the door in the East Grand Reading Room. Sherri Nielson thanked the staff for the detail they have been putting in the virtual programs.
Fatima Carter thanked the staff for the virtual programs they have been providing.
Lynn Flowers-Martin gave thanks to the staff and everyone for all the hard work during this pandemic. Judge Scott Vowel acknowledged Friends Bookstore manager Thracie Pace for her kindness to staff and thanked the staff for the kind words the staff gave to her family after her unlikely death. Kimberly Richardson thanked the staff for all they do and asked the staff to please be safe. James A. Sullivan thanked the staff for all they do and encouraged everyone to be safe.
Next Board Meeting is Tuesday July 14, 2020
Floyd Council, Secretary