Birmingham Public Library Board Minutes


January 12, 2021

4:30 p.m.

Zoom Teleconference

Meeting Called By

Eunice Johnson Rogers, President

Type of Meeting

Regular Board Meeting


Trustees:Willie S. Davis III, James Sullivan, Eunice Johnson Rogers, Judge Scott Vowell, Lynn Flowers- Martin, Mona Lisa Morris, Fatima Carter, Sherri Nielson, Kimberly Richardson, Mona Lisa Morris
Staff Present: Damein Baity, Chief Financial Officer, Ka’ryn Davis-West, Central Manager; Janine Langston, Interim Director, Kimberley Wiley, Jamilah Muhammad, Human Resources Technician, Richard Manoske, IMS Administrator, Bessie Miller, Regional Manager, Roy Williams, Director of Public Relations
Others Present: Malera Wright, Assistant City Attorney

Call To Order

Public Voices

No Public Voices.


Jamilah Muhammad discussed the return of furloughed fulltime staff and part-time staff. * There were 70 full-time staff members furloughed and 66 returned to BPL.

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Agenda: Approval

Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the Consent Agenda: Approval

Terry Oglesby, City Architect

No Report

Malera Wright, Assistant City Attorney

No Report

Operational Items Requiring Board Approval

Damein Baity, Finance Report

Finance Report: Approval

Reports of the Committees

Personnel Committee: Approval

Advocacy, Fundraising & Development Committee

Policies, Procedures & By-Laws Committee: Approval

Unfinished Business

Janine Langston shared information regarding the Trustee Training Requirements per APLS. "Short Takes for Trustees" is a series of short instructional videos. Training must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Janine Langston recommended scheduling a dedication program for the Wylam Branch Library on February 9, 2021 prior to the scheduled Board Meeting. The program may be virtual or in-person based on status of Covid-19.

New Business

Eunice Johnson Rogers stated according to the by-laws the February Board meeting will be the Annual Board Meeting. This will also be the time for election of officers. Lynn Flowers-Martin will serve as chair of the Nominating Committee. Committee members are James Sullivan and Fatima Carter.

Approval of the proposed Holiday Schedule: Approval

Approval of the Vacation Rollover hours for Janine Langston and Karyn Davis-West to be adjusted until March 31, 2021: Approval

Approval of the 2021 Library Board meeting calendar: Approval

Interim Director's Report: Approval

Janine Langston, Interim Director, thanked the Friends Foundation for the generous donation to the Collections Budget for BPL and the gift cards presented to returning furloughed employees. Janine Langston shared several highlights from December 2020 including:

Langston concluded with expressing appreciation to fellow co-workers and the Board of Trustees.

Board Member's Comments


Next Board Meeting: March 9, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Adjourned at 5:38 p.m.

Submitted By

Janine Langston, Interim Director