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Trustees of the Public Library of the City Of Boston

A Meeting of the Trustees as a Corporation and Administrative Agency will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.

Discussion Topics

  1. Agenda

    I.    Chair’s Call to Order and Report
    Priscilla H. Douglas, Chair
    A.    Welcome Remarks   
    B.    Roll Call of Trustees                                                                                                                                             
    C.    Review and Approval of Minutes for the Trustees Meetings held on November 16, 2021.

    II.    President’s Report
    David Leonard, President  
    A.    Current Operating Reality
    B.    Organizational Changes

    III.    Finance and Audit Committee Update                                                                                                Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, Committee Chair
    A.    Hepzibah Rapoport Consulting                                                                                                                                   Beth Prindle, Head of Special Collections 
    VOTED:   “that, the Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston vote to approve a contract not to exceed One Hundred Ninety-Nine Thousand Six Hundred Forty Dollars and Zero Cents ($199,640) with Hepzibah Rapoport Consulting, 34 Belmont St, Apt 2, Somerville, MA  02144.  They were the most responsive and responsible bidder in a public Request for Proposal (RFP) process, advertised under M.G.L. 30B, a contract for as specified for two years with the BPL to serve as project consultant to develop, implement, and oversee completion of a major initiative to clean, inventory, catalog, store, and provide access to hundreds of thousands of the library’s most significant research holdings. The Boston Public Library Evaluation Committee performed an evaluation of the proposals submitted by the vendors as described in the RFP documents, and through this process determined the proposal presented by:  Hepzibah Rapoport Consulting represented the best value for the Boston Public Library.” 

    IV.    Presentation and Discussion of BPL Equity Agenda                                                                                      
    David Leonard, President and Michael Colford, Director of Library Services
    A.    Board Discussion

    V.    New Business

    VI.      Public Comment

    “Please sign up for public comment the first 30 minutes of the meeting to support effective time  management.  On occasion, additional public comments on matters formally on the agenda may be allowed at the discretion of the Chair, and time allowing.  Members of the public are also reminded that comments may alternatively be submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Board for distribution to the Trustees.”

    VII.    Adjournment
           Priscilla H. Douglas, Chair

    2021-2022 Meeting Schedule 
    Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
    Tuesday May 24, 2022 8:30 a.m., Annual Meeting (revised date)
    *Meetings dates/times/location are subject to change

    Trustees of the Public Library of the City of Boston
    Priscilla H. Douglas, Chair; Evelyn Arana-Ortiz, Vice Chair,
    Zamawa Arenas, Jabari Asim, Navjeet Bal, Joe Berman, Ben Bradlee Jr, 
    Cheryl Cronin, Linda Dorcena Forry, John Hailer, Jeff Hawkins, Joyce Linehan
    Senator Mike Rush, Representative Chynah Tyler, and Christian Westra

    President, David Leonard
    Clerk of the Board, Pamela R. Carver

    This is an open meeting.  The public is welcome to attend.
    For information, check the library website.

    Zoom meeting link
    Meeting ID: 875 7163 1043
    Call-in option: 301-715-8592, 312-626-6799, 646-558-8656, or 253-215-8782

    International numbers available

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