Board of Library Trustees Meeting Minutes - November 15, 2019

#Main Library Conference Center, MP1

#Jacksonville Public Library

#303 North Laura Street

#Jacksonville, FL 32202


Ronnie King II, Chair

Tim J. Anderson, Vice-Chair

Jill Langford Dame, Secretary

Sybil Ansbacher, Foundation Liaison

Guy K. Anderson, Trustee

Donald Horner III, Trustee

Celia Nass, Trustee

Jackie Perry, Trustee


Carlo Fassi, Trustee

Marc Hardesty, Trustee

Charlie Kleeman, Trustee

Mario Payne, Trustee


Tim Rogers, Director

Julie McNeil, Assistant Director for Public Services

Gretchen Mitchell, Assistant Director for Support Services

Charlene Adkins, Collection Development Manager

Raymond Albury, Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Planning

Lynne Baldwin, West Region Manager

Marshelle Berry, North Region Manager

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 Access Manager

Keli Likins, South Region Manager

Chuck McNeil, Assistant Director for Financial Services

Richard Mott, Manager for Strategic Initiatives

Tracy Pigott, Professional Development and Training Manager

Sara Roberts, Main Region Manager

Michael Sullivan, East Region Manager

#Others Present:

Hon. Jim Love, Board Liaison, Jacksonville City Council

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

Mari Ganues, Liaison, KHA

Tia Leathers, Board Liaison, DCPS

Lenora Wilson, Liaison, KHA

Dr. Johnny Gaffney, Mayor’s Liaison

Jim McCain, Office of the General Counsel

Kathy McIlvaine, Vice-Chair, Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

Margaret Smith, Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library

Roxanne Henkle, Friends of the Willowbranch library

Judy Klein, Friends of the Murray Hill Branch library

Kenneth Tucker, Friends of the South Mandarin Branch library

Honorees and Guests


#Call to Order

Board Chair Ronnie King II called the meeting to order shortly after 12N.

#Introduction of Newcomers and Guests

Chair King welcomed new trustee Donnie Horner III and new liaisons from the Kids Hope Alliance, Mari Ganues and Lenora Wilson.

#Public Comment

No visitors commented.

#Honors and Recognition

Chair King and Library Director Tim Rogers named Tricia Larrabee, Clerical Supervisor for the Main Library, as Jacksonville Public Library’s Employee of the Quarter.They also honored other JPL staff members for meritorious service: Y’vonne Jones, Marci O’Dell, Sara Radovic, William Thiers, and Deborah Wainwright.

The Consent Agenda of November 15, 2018 was presented to the Board.  It included:

  • Board Minutes: October 18, 2018
  • Finance Narrative and Report: October 2018.

Trustee Guy Anderson moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.  Trustee Jill Dame seconded the motion.  Approved.

#Chair’s Report and Budget Discussion

Chair King updated trustees on events of relevance to the Board:He noted the recent passing of Trustee Mario Payne’s father, the upcoming annual performance evaluation of Library Director Rogers, and upcoming work to solidify Board relationships with public officials.

#Director’s Report

Director Rogers highlighted his monthly report to the Board, which was provided in written form.He noted that staff are at work on proposals to schedule additional weekly hours of service, that safety and security projects are forthcoming, and that agreements with Friends of the Library groups are in discussion.

#Staff Presentation – Annual Customer Experience Survey: Review of Results

Richard Mott, Manager for Strategic Initiatives, shared results of JPL’s Annual Customer Experience Survey, which enjoyed broad participation.The survey demonstrated that current JPL customers value quiet study spaces, positive interaction with staff, evening hours over morning hours, afternoon service on weekends, and the availability of desired materials.

#New Business – Proposal to Close Brown Eastside Branch Library for Carpet Replacement

In view of the need to replace carpets at the Brown Eastside Branch library,

Trustee Jill Dame moved to approve closing the Brown Eastside Branch library from November 30th to December 5th for carpet replacement.

Trustee Sybil Ansbacher seconded the motion.Approved.

#Committee Reports

Committee Chairs and trustees reported on their latest areas of discussion, and Jacksonville Public Library Foundation (JPLF) Vice-Chair Kathy McIlvaine shared results of the recent audit commissioned by JPLF to ensure due diligence and continuity in the wake of the recent termination of the Foundation Director.

Mayor’s Office and Ex-Officio Reports

City Council ECA to Tommy Hazouri Tristan Denmark, City Council ECA to Jim Love Kevin Kuzel, Brandon Mack of Duval County Public Schools, and Mayoral Liaison Dr. Johnny Gaffney reported on their areas of activity.

#Friends Reports

Friends groups reported on their recent and upcoming areas of activity.


The meeting was adjourned.

Approved by the Board of Library Trustees December, 20, 2019

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