Birmingham Public Library Board Minutes


April 13, 2021

4:30 p.m.

Zoom Teleconference

Meeting Called By

Willie Davis III, Vice President

Type of Meeting

Regular Board Meeting


Trustees: Fatima Carter, Judge Scott Vowell, Lynn Flowers-Martin, Sherri Nielson, Mona Lisa Morris, Kimberley Richardson, James Sullivan
Staff Present:Janine Langston, Interim Director; Damein Baity, Chief Financial Officer; Karyn Davis-West, Regional Manager; Bessie Miller, Regional Manager; Jamilah Woods, Personnel Officer; Caleb West, Collection Manager; Richard Manoske, Interim IT Director; Roy Williams, PR Director; Candice Hardy, Outreach Librarian; Catherine Frey, Director of Development; Kimberley Wiley, Administration Office
Others Present:Malera Wright, Assistant City Attorney; Judge Jameria Moore, Judge Agnes Chappell

Call To Order

Public Voices



Retiree Slide Show

Janine Langston presented a slide show honoring the 2020-2021 BPL retirees. Board comments and retiree comments followed.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Approval of the Consent Agenda: Approval

All items designated as “consent” are considered to be routine and non-controversial and will be approved by one motion.

Terry Oglesby, City Architect

No Report

Malera Wright, Assistant City Attorney

No Report

Operational Items Requiring Board Approval

Damein Baity, Finance Report

Damein Baity, Chief Financial Officer, presented the financial report to the board.

Reports of the Committees

Advocacy, Fundraising & Development Committee

Policies, Procedures, and By-Laws Committee

Judge Scott Vowell reported a proposal to amend two policies.

  1. In-person services at the library, change number nine “No seating will be available…” to “Limited seating is available…”
  2. Amendments to the human resources policy concerning prohibiting political activity of City of Birmingham employees during work hours. Applicable to all City of Birmingham employees.
  3. Judge Scott Vowell proposed a motion to accept the amendment change to the in-person services policy.
  4. Kimberly Richardson seconded the motion.
  5. The Board responded unanimously in favor of the motion to accept.
  6. Willie Davis III confirmed the motion carried.
  7. Judge Scott Vowell proposed a motion to adopt the City of Birmingham Prohibited Political Activity Policy.
  8. Mona Lisa Morris seconded the motion.
  9. The Board responded unanimously in favor of the motion to accept.
  10. Willie Davis III confirmed the motion carried.

Joint Finance & Long-Range Planning Committee

Mona Lisa Morris stated there was a joint Finance and Long-Range Planning Committee meeting. Kimberly Richardson reported on the joint committee meeting.

Unfinished Business

Janine Langston reported on the micro-mobility program in Birmingham. The City is moving forward with installation of corrals at Smithfield, Titusville, and North Avondale.

New Business


Interim Director's Report:

Janine Langston reported on several topics including:

Board Member's Comments


Next Board Meeting is Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Adjourned at 5:36 p.m.

Submitted By

Janine Langston, Interim Director