January 17, 2007

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 7 p.m. on January 17th. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Tom Reedy, Peter Ruger, Gladys Tolley, Stacy Deleste, Christine Krueger, Angela Birke, Bob Herdler, and City Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton. Absent: Trustee Celia Bouchard.

Call to Order

The meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda

Minutes of the December 20, 2006 Meeting

Mr. Reedy moved to approve the minutes, Ms. Krueger seconded and the minutes were approved.


Mr. Cooper read a letter from David Greenhaw of Eden Seminary acknowledging our decision not to go forward with any cooperative plan concerning Luhr Library at this time.

He showed a letter from the Jerry J. Wilson foundation that accompanied a $1500 charitable gift to the library.

He showed another letter from Carl Rausch of Lutheran Senior Services that accompanied a $3000 contribution to the library.

Presidentís Report

Mr. Furst noted that everyone had received a copy of the 2007 calendar. He noted that trustees whose terms expire in May should start considering whether they will renew or resign, and let him know. He also asked trustees to consider running for one of the board offices.

The insurance renewal package has not been received yet from Daniel & Henry, so there was no discussion of it.

Librarianís Report

Mr. Cooper mentioned that he would not be attending Library Advocacy Day in February, since the date conflicted with his book discussion group.

He noted that there had been some interesting changes to the Libraryís Web site, such as putting up a digital version of the monthly newsletter, and posting the survey results.

He also asked trustees if they would like to receive digital documents of several important board items, such as the calendar, the by-laws, and a list of trusteesí names and addresses.

Advance Planning

Ms. Krueger spoke of the meeting on January 11 of the Advance Planning Committee. They had decided to let Mr. Cooper continue writing a complete first draft of the Strategic Plan, and to ask for a feasibility study of our current building and our future needs as expressed in the service goals, so it could be determined what if any part of our plans the house at #5 Mason might play.


Mr. Cooper noted that there was a major update of the libraryís automation system scheduled for the morning of January 18th.

Building and Grounds

There was no report from this committee.


Ms. Tolley reviewed the financial report and disbursements for December, 2006. Mr. Reedy made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented. Ms. Deleste seconded, and the report was approved.

Mr. Herdler asked several questions concerning the exact nature of the libraryís indebtedness on its line of credit advances. It was decided he should accompany Ms. Tolley the next time she meets with library business manager Elise Fortman to approve disbursements, to get more in depth answers to his questions.

Human Resource

There was no report from this committee.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business

New Business

There was no new business.


Mr. Ruger moved to adjourn, Ms. Krueger seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p. m.

The next meeting of the Libraryís Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 7 p.m.