Document #5.1 Board of Library Trustees Meeting March 26, 2014 1
The Public Library of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees Meeting Minutes Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The regular meeting of the Board of Library Trustees was held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G. St. NW, John W. Hill, Jr., President, presiding.
John W. Hill, Jr., President, Gregory M. McCarthy, Vice-President, Neil Albert, Bonnie R. Cohen, Faith Gibson-Hubbard, Valerie G. Mallett, Brenda Richardson, Don Richardson and Joi Mecks, Interim Chief Librarian. Not in attendance: Myrna Yvette Peralta.
Guests at the Board Table:
Richard Reyes-Gavilan (via Skype), Susan Haight, President, Federation of Friends and Linnea Hegarty, Executive Director, DC Public Library Foundation. The meeting was called to order 6:11 p.m.
Adoption of the Agenda
The agenda was amended to include a vote for the nomination of Mr. Richard Reyes-Gavilan as Executive Director. The motion to adopt the amended agenda was approved.
Approval of Minutes
The motion to approve the minutes of the November 20, 2013 Board Meeting was approved.
Nominating Committee Report
Mr. Donald Richardson presented the officer candidates for the Board of Library Trustees for 2014. Mr. Richardson presented Mr. John W. Hill, Jr. for the office of President and Mr. Neil Albert for the office of Vice-President. Mr. Albert withdrew his nomination for Vice-President. The floor was opened for nominations. Final nominations were, for the office of President, Mr. John W. Hill, Jr, Mr. Neil Albert, and Mr. Gregory McCarthy and for the office of Vice President, Ms. Bonnie Cohen and Ms. Valerie Mallett. Officers elected by secret ballot were Mr. John W. Hill, Jr. for President and Ms. Bonnie Cohen for Vice-President. A separate vote was held for Mr. Richard Reyes-Gavilan who was elected as Executive Director of the DC Public Library. All candidates accepted the nominations and approved their posts for 2014. Mr. Hill, Jr., noted that in the case that the President and Vice-President were unable to preside over a meeting that the role fell to the Board Member with the longest tenure. That member is Ms. Myrna Yvette Peralta.
Mr. John W. Hill, Jr. stated the practice of the Board of Library Trustees to entertain public comments at this time. He explained that people who signed their names to the sign-in sheet would have three minutes to address the Board. Two members of the public came forward to make comments. Ms. Sharon Turner, President of the Friends of Woodridge Library spoke about the establishment of a mentor-protégé program between Coakley & Williams Construction and Phelps Academy. The program will allow two paid interns to shadow Coakley & Williams Construction during construction of the new Woodridge Library. Ms. Dana Wyckoff, President of the Friends of Rosedale Library welcomed Mr. Richard Reyes-Gavilan and extended an invitation to visit the Woodridge Library.