The Alexandria Library Board

Chair: Kathleen Schloeder
City Council citizen appointee
Helen Desfosses
City Council citizen appointee
Vice Chair: Oscar P. Fitzgerald
Alexandria Library Company appointee
William V. Brierre, Jr.
Alexandria Library Company appointee
Treasurer: Anne S. Paul
Alexandria Library Company appointee
Allison Silberberg
Alexandria City Council
Secretary: Gwendolyn Day-Fuller
City Council citizen appointee

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Alexandria Library Board Meetings

Ilka K. Dickman Board Room
Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304


Alexandria Library Board Meeting Schedule FY 2015

5:00 p.m.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Thursday, February 19, 2015 Rescheduled due to Beatley Central Library emergency closure

Thursday, February 26, 2015 (Proposed Agenda)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015


Alexandria Library Board Meeting Minutes

Click date for pdf file of minutes or DRAFT for minutes pending approval.

FY 2015

Sep 15, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (DRAFT)

Dec 15, 2014 (DRAFT)


Sep 16, 2013

Oct 21, 2013

Dec 16, 2013

Jan 23, 2014

Feb 20, 2014

Apr 21, 2014

Jun 16, 2014



Sep 17, 2012

Oct 15, 2012

Dec 10, 2012

Feb 11, 2013

April 15, 2013

June 17, 2013


July 28, 2011

Sep 19, 2011

Oct 20, 2011

Dec 19, 2011

Feb 23, 2012

April 16, 2012

June 18, 2012


FY 2011

Sep 20, 2010

Oct 18, 2010

Dec 20, 2010

Feb 24, 2011

Apr 28, 2011

Jun 20, 2011


FY 2010

Feb 18, 2010

Apr 19, 2010

Jun 21, 2010

Library Board Biographies

Kathleen Schloeder, Chair
Kathleen Schloeder holds a B. S. in Foreign Service from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and an M.A. in Modern European History from George Mason University. She is a retired Foreign Service Officer, and was the official U. S. member of the United Kingdom-United States American Studies Library Commission while stationed at the American Embassy in London. Schloeder also was a supervisor of the U.S. Embassy library at the Casa Thomas Jefferson in Brasilia, Brazil, and the Amerika Haus library in Hannover, Germany. Schloeder volunteered at the Burke Branch for several years in their after-school tutoring program and currently tutors at George Mason elementary school. She is the Endowment Chair of the American Hemerocallis Society.


Oscar Fitzgerald, Vice Chair
Dr. Oscar Fitzgerald earned his B.A from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. He is retired from the Naval Historical Center, where he served first as head of the Contemporary History program and then as the director of the Navy Museum. His publications include Four Centuries of American Furniture and his latest book, New Masters of the Wooden Box. Fitzgerald serves as Vice Chairman of the Alexandria Library Board, Vice Chairman of Alexandria’s Board of Architectural Review, and as a consultant to Dumbarton House, the Custis-Lee Mansion, the Frederick Douglass House, and the Clara Barton National Historic Site. He teaches at Marymount University and in the Smithsonian Institution-Corcoran Master’s Program in the History of the Decorative Arts. Dr. Fitzgerald is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Architectural Review for the Old and Historic District.


Gwendolyn Day-Fuller, Secretary
Gwendolyn Day-Fuller’s road to a teaching career was sparked during her early childhood. Her education began in Alexandria, VA at St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School. She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Alexandria (High School) and Hampton University in Hampton, VA (Bachelor of Arts in Education). Her graduate work was completed at Howard University In Washington, D.C.(Masters in Education) Ms. Day-Fuller taught for 30 years and was instrumental in the initiation and development of the Affinity Group throughout the Newton Public School System (MA) and led Affinity Groups at the Cabot School for many years. She is an alumni member of the Boston Chapter of Links, Inc. and a member of the Northern, VA Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Ms. Day-Fuller is currently co-chair of Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria. In 2010, she and her father, Ferdinand T. Day, received a "Generation to Generation Award" from Senior Services of Alexandria, VA.


Anne S. Paul, Treasurer
Anne Smith Paul, a published historian, has served as the president, vice president, and treasurer of the Alexandria Historical Society. She has also been a mainstay of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission. She joined the Alexandria Library Board in September, 2005, and became Treasurer in June 2007.


William V. Brierre, Jr.
William V. Brierre, Jr. earned his B.A. from Tulane University and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina.  He served as  First Division Officer in the U.S. Navy, USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42). Following his military service, he worked for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. in a number of capacities, including Sales Representative and District Manager for the Dallas Territory; Government Relations at executive agencies and on Capitol Hill; and Senior Vice President of the Washington Division. Mr. Brierre was President and Sole Proprietor of BRIERRE - a Government Relations Company, representing a number of clients, including Farrell Lines and Maersk Line at various executive agencies and on Capitol Hill.  He later served as Vice President of Government Relations for CMA CGM (America) LLC, a French company based in Marseilles, France, the third largest containership operator in the world. Mr. Brierre also worked as Government Affairs representative for Williams Mullen, a Richmond, VA based law firm with a Washington Office.


Helen R. Desfosses
Helen R. Desfosses is finishing her first term as a Board Member of the Alexandria Public library. She has been very active on the nominating committee and in testifying before the City Council regarding the needs and contributions of the public library system. Dr. Desfosses has been a Board Member of At Home in Alexandria, a non-profit organization which helps individuals over 55 to remain independently in their homes, and serves as Co-Chair of its Governance Committee.  She also functions as a frequent instructor in public policy at the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning at George Mason University. Before moving to Alexandria in 2008, she was a trustee and vice-chair of the Board of the Albany Public Library in Albany, NY, where she was also elected city-wide to two terms as City Council President. She holds an M.A. in Soviet Area Studies from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University. She was a tenured professor at the State University of New York at Albany in Public Administration and Policy/Africana Studies for many years, where she also served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and faculty-in-residence for the New York State Assembly Internship Program.


Allison Silberberg, Vice Mayor
Allison Silberberg, the City of Alexandria’s Vice Mayor, was elected to City Council in November 2012, and has been an Alexandria resident since 1989. Her civic efforts promote social justice and change, and she has written various books on the subject. Silberberg’s critically-acclaimed book, Visionaries in Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing our World, received praise from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly, which wrote that she "captures the motives and methods of these citizens with compassion."