July 16, 2008

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 7 p.m. on July 16th. President Tom Reedy presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Angela Birke, Bob Herdler, Christine Krueger, Liz Walsh, and Stacy Deleste, and City Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton. Absent: Trustees Pete Ruger and Bently Green.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:05.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda.

Minutes of the June 18, 2008 Meeting

Ms. Krueger moved to accept the minutes as presented, Ms. Birke seconded, and the minutes were approved.


There was no correspondence.

President’s Report

Mr. Reedy presented committee assignments for FY 08-09.

Librarian’s Report

Mr. Cooper reviewed the year end statistics for FY 2007-2008. He noted that the increase in circulation in the past year was about 4.7%. Decreases in circulation of outgoing formats are being outweighed by circulation of incoming formats: for instance videocassettes were down 5,816, but DVDs were up 6,949. It was also encouraging that there was a large jump in the number of easy readers (up 3,208), which is a sign that more young families are using the library.

He mentioned that a meeting had tentatively been scheduled with Tom Cunningham of Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, as a potential bond attorney, for Thursday, August 14th at 10:30.

He has been looking into the idea of using the Library’s Web to sell advertising space to local businesses, and asked trustees if they had any thoughts on the matter – particularly any objections. There were none, and he will pursue the matter further.

Advanced Planning

Ms. Krueger offered details of our meeting with Bob Ballsrud and Mark Spykerman of Gilmore & Bell, the first bond attorneys we interviewed to represent us in a bond issue campaign. All trustees were given a company résumé to read through.


In order to come into compliance with a new rule issued by MoreNet, the library is going to have to begin authenticating users of our wireless Internet service. The easiest way to do this is to give users who request it a password to access the system. Our consultants from The Miller Group will set that up sometime soon.

Building and Grounds

No report from this committee.


Mr. Herdler reviewed the financial report and disbursements for June, 2008. He noted that the Library ended the fiscal year with a larger amount of money in reserve than last year. Ms. Walsh made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented. Ms. Birke seconded, and the report was approved.

Human Resource

No report from this committee.


No report from this committee.

Old Business

Mr. Reedy reminded trustees that we are still looking for one more member. There was discussion of the type of expertise we might need on the board going forward, and some suggestions of people to talk to.

New Business

There was no new business.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

The next meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.