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Library Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
REDWOOD CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
May 10, 2005

Trustees Present: K. Douglas, B. James, Z. Sweeney, and R. Madrigal

Trustees Absent: U. Ferguson

Staff Present: Library Director D. Genesy, Library Services Supervisor M. McGrath, and Administrative Services L. Andrade

Others Present: Newly Appointed Library Board Trustee R. Barragan, J. Edmonds, and Sequoia High School Students

CALL TO ORDER
Trustee Douglas called the meeting to order at 7:04 pm in the Small Meeting Room of the Main Library.

PUBLIC COMMENTS
Trustee Barragan came to observe the proceedings before she officially begins her Board term in July 2005. Several Sequoia High School students came to observe the Board meeting as part of their advanced placement government class requirements.

MINUTES MOTION
On motion by Trustee James, seconded by Trustee Madrigal, the Board unanimously approved the minutes of April 12, 2005.

WARRANTS MOTION
On motion by Trustee Sweeney, seconded by Trustee James, the Board unanimously approved the payment of warrants # 9007 to # 9068 and the payment of usual and necessary invoices through May 10th.

REDWOOD CITY HISTORY BOOK
Mr. J. Edmonds shared the plans for a book on the history of Redwood City with the Board. Local History Librarian J. Thivierge is leading the project.

EXPENDITURES REPORTS
Director Genesy reviewed the April expenditure reports with the Board.

RAMIFICATIONS OF FAILED SCHOOL PARCEL TAX
Director Genesy reviewed some of the ramifications of the failed school parcel tax for the Library and for the City. 61 percent voted to approve the parcel tax but 66 2/3 percent was needed for it to pass. Redwood City schools are facing teacher lay offs and closed or reduced school library hours. Trustee Barragan informed the Board that there will be an Education Foundation Meeting on May 24, 2005 at 7 pm at the School Board Office.

POLICY DISCUSSION
Trustee Madrigal met with Division Manager Bauer and Librarian II Diaz-Slocum to review Library policy updates. It was decided to put together and organize all existing policies in the same format. The policy team will then review them and address any gaps or existing policies that need updating.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Director Genesy reviewed updated Library's performance measures with the Board.

STRATEGIC PLAN
Director Genesy reviewed the 2002-2005 strategic plan with the Board. There was discussion on City Council priorities and problematical trends. The Board wants the strategic plan updated by 2006. Director Genesy will form a team to work on it.

LIBRARY DIRECTOR'S MONTHLY REPORT
Director Genesy reviewed the April monthly report with the Board.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Trustee Douglas will provide new Peninsula Library System Advisory Board meeting dates and locations to Library administration for distribution to all Board members.

The Board will meet for dinner to celebrate Trustee Ferguson's retirement before the next Board meeting at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, June 14 at Vino Santo, 2030 Broadway, Redwood City.

ADJOURNMENT MOTION
There being no further business or announcement, the meeting was adjourned at 855 p.m. to June 14, 2005 at 7:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room of the Main Library.

Respectfully Submitted,

Signature of Board Secretary Zachary Sweeney
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Zachary Sweeney, Secretary

 




 

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