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Library takes action steps on South Side, Carrick and Knoxville branches



At its Annual Meeting on May 16, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees passed several resolutions related to upcoming capital projects and library business and elected new trustees and officers.

Following months of planning and community engagement, the board approved action steps on two capital projects that will occur over the next two years. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-South Side will close for renovations on June 30, becoming the library's 11

th capital project to be completed under its capital campaign. The board approved the merger of CLP-Carrick and CLP-Knoxville, and will continue with the community process around a new facility once a site is confirmed. Meanwhile, the two locations will remain open.

The six funding recommendations of the Public-Private Task Force were previously assigned to committees for further review.

The Development Committee presented a timetable for three initiatives: Launch library endowment campaign, Secure increases in corporate contributions, Build a culture of library supporters in the community to improve library advocacy and increase individual giving (shared jointly with External Relations Committee). The committee proposed timelines and action steps, some of which will begin immediately, with others to be implemented in coming years.

The External Affairs Committee is working on two additional initiatives – Secure annual increases from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), and Work with local/state entities to develop tax incentive programs for corporate and individual donors — and will report on them at future board meetings.

The sixth recommendation, Provide citizens of Pittsburgh an opportunity to vote on whether dedicated funding support should be provided to the library is being pursued by the Joint Committee on Sustainable Funding. During a special meeting of the board on May 2, the committee recommended the "Our Library, Our Future" voter initiative, a community-based effort organized to raise awareness about the need to support Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

An official launch is planned in early June where members of the community will talk, in more detail, about why Pittsburgh residents should support Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh by providing much needed funding. Meanwhile, supporters of the initiative are beginning to seek petition signatures in order to put a referendum on the November 2011 ballot.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees voted on the appointment of two new members, the re-election of five term trustees and the election of officers. The board also welcomed a third new member, voted upon at the February board meeting.

The following new members will serve a three-year term on the board:

Ramayya Kristnan, dean of Carnegie Mellon Heinz College and William W. and Ruth F. Cooper professor of Management Science and Information Systems.  His current research projects involve such topics as information security, and consumer behavior in e-business settings. Dr. Kristnan is the recipient of the General Motors (GM) Technical Education Program Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award, which honors a professor for demonstrating excellence in distance learning education.  

Tom Galante, vice president human resources for the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Prior to his current appointment Mr. Galante served as the assistant director of the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center.  He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and past member of the Governor's Advisory Counsel for Pennsylvania Libraries. 

The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. Judge Clark currently serves as a judge in the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas, where she primarily hears Juvenile Court cases.  She is the first judge and the first African-American female to serve as president of the Allegheny County Bar Association.  She is a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, a member of the Woman in the Law Division, the Family Law section and the Juvenile Law Committee.

Current board members re-elected to serve a second three-year term are: Carolyn Hess Abraham, director of corporate relations, Tepper School of Business; Senator Jay Costa, state senator, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 43

rd Senatorial District; Representative Dan Frankel, state representative, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Susan Jackson, president, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation; and Kevin Pickels, program director, Ernst & Young.

In addition, Lou Testoni was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the library's Board of Trustees.  The following officers will continue in their roles for an additional two-year term:  Carol Robinson, vice chair; Henry S. Beukema III, treasurer; and Susan Jackson, secretary

Following the announcement of Dr. Barbara K. Mistick, that she will be leaving her position when her existing agreement expires on May 31, the library formed a search committee. The position has been posted, with a description available on the library's website.

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