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Document #5 - Board Minutes November 18 2009

Document #5 - Board Minutes November 18 2009

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Board Minutes November 18 2009
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THE PUBLIC LIBRARY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIABOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES MEETINGMINUTESNORTHEAST LIBRARYWEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2009
The regular meeting of the Board of Library Trustees was held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at the Northeast Library, 330 7
th
Street, NE, Donald Richardson,Vice President, presiding.
PRESENT:
Donald Richardson, Vice President, Bonnie Cohen, James Lewis, MyrnaPeralta, Kelley Smith, Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian and Secretary-Treasurer. Quorumestablished.
ABSENT:
John W. Hill, Jr., Richard Levy, Brenda Richardson
GUESTS AT THE BOARD TABLE:
Susan Haight, President, Federation of Friends,and Anna Velazco, Executive Director, DCPL Foundation.The meeting was called to order at 6:05 pm.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
The motion to adopt the agenda was approved.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The motion was adopted to approve the minutes of the September 23 Board meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Mr. Richardson reminded everyone of the protocol to follow during Public Comments.Two people signed up to make comments. Concerns about an accessible entrance at theMount Pleasant Library were expressed and a representative of the Stop and ListenFoundation made a presentation.
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
Vice President Donald Richardson said that there is a great deal of excitement about the planned openings of six new libraries in FY 2010 and that there continue to be concernsabout budgets for FY 2010 and FY 2011 but that the focus of the Board will be openingnew libraries and keeping services on track in existing libraries. He mentioned that thelibrary, especially in these challenging economic times, is dealing with ever-increasingdemands for use by the public. Mr. Richardson welcomed Susan Haight, newly electedPresident of the Federation of Friends.Document #5Board of Library Trustees MeetingJanuary 27, 20101
 
CHIEF LIBRARIAN’S REPORT
Chief Librarian Cooper reported on the opening of the new Teen Space at the MLKML inOctober, including the major highlight of teens having the chance to talk with Redskins’linebacker London Fletcher. She said that the Library has received a Preservation Awardgiven by the DC Historic Preservation Office for the Takoma Park restoration/renovationwork. Several libraries have partnered with Embassies of 27 European nations and other city agencies on a fall “Kids Euro Festival”.
NORTHEAST NEIGHBORHOD LIBRARY REPORT
Chang Liu, Associate Director for Neighborhood Libraries, thanked retired Manager Karen Butler and Acting Manager, Julie Oliver for their work. Staff member KarenTowles provided a report about recent activities at the Northeast Neighborhood Libraryincluding an increase of 23% in circulation in FY 2009. Those attending also weregreeted by Northeast Friends President, Vince Morris.
RENOVATION AT NORTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY
Jeff Bonvechio, Director of Capital Construction, reported on the stages and areas of outside renovation planned at Northeast including the landscaping plan. The landscapingwill take place with the spring planting season.
FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
Board members voted to approve a resolution, with the recommendation of the FinanceCommittee, to increase employee parking fees in the garage at the MLKML from $50 to$100 per month. Motion carried.Agency Fiscal Officer Tammie Robinson reported on the preliminary final numbers for FY 2009. She said that, as of September 30, 2009, 99.5% of the DCPL FY 2009 local budget has been expended. Ms. Robinson also said that the FY 2010 budget is $4.2Mless than the FY 2009 baseline budget. Priority for FY 2010 is to open 6 new libraries.Chief Business Officer, Eric Coard and Ms. Robinson provided information about the FY2011 budget timeline and said that the Mayor’s office is asking all city agencies to comeup with a further 7% reduction from the FY 2010 baseline budget which will cut anadditional $2.5M from the Library’s budget in FY 2011.
FACILITIES COMMITTEE REPORT
Jeff Bonvechio reported on the status of current construction projects. He responded toquestions posed earlier during Public Comments about the ramp at the Mount PleasantLibrary. Mr. Bonvechio said that the existing ramp at the library does not meet currentADA guidelines; that the DC Office of Disability Rights has approved the design for thenew ramp at the renovated Mount Pleasant Library; and that the new design is intended to provide an equal entrance experience for all library users.Document #5Board of Library Trustees MeetingJanuary 27, 20102

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