Board of Library Trustees Meeting Minutes - March 21, 2019

#Main Library Conference Center, Multi-Purpose Room

#Jacksonville Public Library

#303 North Laura Street

#Jacksonville, FL 32202


Ronnie King II, Chair

Sybil Ansbacher, Trustee

Guy K. Anderson, Trustee

Donald Horner III, Trustee

Celia Nass, Trustee

Mario Payne, Trustee


Tim J. Anderson, Vice-Chair

Jill Langford Dame, Board Secretary

Carlo Fassi, Trustee

Marc Hardesty, Trustee

Jackie Perry, Trustee


Tim Rogers, Library Director

Julie McNeil, Assistant Director for Public Services

Gretchen Mitchell, Assistant Director for Support Services

Charlene Adkins, Collection Development Manager

Ray Albury, Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Planning

Lynne Baldwin, Region Manager, West Region

Chris Boivin, Assistant Director for Community Relations and Marketing

Andrew Herron, Executive Assistant to the Director

Amber Holley, Assistant Director for Learning Services

Lynn Jacobson, Systems and Technology Manager

Keli Likins, Region Manager, South Region

Chuck McNeil, Assistant Director for Financial Services

Richard Mott, Manager for Strategic Initiatives

Tracy Pigott, Manager, Professional Development and Training Services

Sara Roberts, Region Manager, Main Region

Michael Sullivan, Region Manager, East Region

#Others Present:

Hon. Jim Love, Board Liaison, Jacksonville City Council

Tristan Denmark, Executive Council Assistant to Hon. Tommy Hazouri, Board Liaison, Jacksonville City Council

Mari Ganues, Liaison, Kids Hope Alliance

Tia Leathers, Liaison, Duval County Public Schools

Jim McCain, Assistant General Counsel, City of Jacksonville

Jeannette Ali, Friends of the Brentwood Branch Library

Roxanne Henkle, Friends of the Willowbranch Library

Judy Klein, Friends of the Murray Hill Branch Library

#Call to Order

Board Chair Ronnie King II called the meeting to order shortly after 12:00PM.

#Introduction of Newcomers and Guests

No newcomers were introduced.

#Public Comment

No visitors commented.

#Honors and Recognition

Chair King and Library Director Tim Rogers named Nicolle Burton, Administrative Assistant to Deputy Director Julie McNeil, as Jacksonville Public Library’s Employee of the Quarter.They also honored other JPL staff for meritorious service: Akeem Adell, Albina Akramova, Carolyn Armstrong, Stephanie Boilard, Catherine Currier, Mandy Elliot, Margaret Esposito, Doug Fair, Mary Fletcher, Shirdellah Groulx, Kim Kirkland, Sylvester Rease, and Nicole Rivera.

The Consent Agenda of March 21, 2019 was presented to the Board.  It included:

  • Board Meeting Minutes: March 1, 2019
  • Board Work Day Minutes: March 1, 2019
  • Monthly Financial Report: February 2019
  • Monthly Financial Report: March 2019

Trustee Guy Anderson moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

Trustee Sybil Ansbacher seconded the motion.  Approved.

#Chair’s Report

Chair King updated Trustees on events of relevance to the Board:The Board’s Personnel Committee soon will review the performance of the Library Director.Relationships are being built with incoming City Council Members.

#Director’s Report

Director Rogers added to his monthly report to the Board, which was provided in written form:The Library is receiving archive material from the Florida Times Union.The Bradham Brooks Library will be closed soon for renovation.Those who use the Main Street Park as a gathering place may soon use the Main Library during the City’s upcoming work on the park.The Friends of Hemming Park, formerly in residence at the Main Library, have moved across the street.Plans are being made for improved signage at libraries.

Chris Boivin, Assistant Director for Community Relations and Marketing, shared details of upcoming City Council Candidate Forums, organized by the League of Women Voters, which will be hosted by Jacksonville Public Library.Trustees discussed the desirability of having Board representation at the events.

#Old Business – None

#New Business – Authorization to Open Beaches Branch Library

In order to accommodate an after-hours meeting of the Neptune Beach City Council,

Trustee Sybil Ansbacher moved to authorize the Library Director to keep the Beaches Branch Library meeting room open after hours on March 27, 2019.

Trustee Guy Anderson moved revise the motion to specify that the branch will remain open until the meeting is finished.

Trustee Celia Nass seconded the motion.Approved.Trustee Ansbacher dissented on the grounds the meeting should have a defined end time so as not to inconvenience staff.

#Mayor’s Office and Ex-Officio Reports

Liaisons and representatives to the Board reported on their recent activities.

#Committee Reports

Committee Chairs and Trustees reported on their recent activities.


Friends groups reported on their recent and upcoming activities.

#Public Comment

No visitors commented.


The meeting was adjourned at 1:13PM.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees April 18, 2019

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