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The Alexandria Library Board

Chair: Kathleen Schloeder
City Council citizen appointee

Frank H. Fannon IV
Alexandria Library Company appointee 

Vice Chair: Oscar P. Fitzgerald
Alexandria Library Company appointee
William V. Brierre, Jr.
Alexandria Library Company appointee
Treasurer: Helen Desfosses
City Council citizen appointee
Willie F. Bailey Sr.
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 2016

4:00 p.m.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016 -- Proposed Agenda

Monday, June 20, 2016


Alexandria Library Board Meeting Minutes

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

FY 2016

Sep 21, 2015

Oct 19, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

Feb 18, 2016 (DRAFT)

FY 2015

Sep 15, 2014

Oct 20, 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Feb 26, 2015

Apr 20, 2015

Jun 15, 2015

Annual Report


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.


Helen R. Desfosses, Treasurer
Helen R. Desfosses 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. Dr. Desfosses became Treasurer of the Alexandria Library Board in April 2016.

Frank H. Fannon IV
Frank H. Fannon IV is a graduate of Elon College in North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in corporate communications. He is also a 2009 graduate of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership. Fannon is a fifth generation Alexandrian who has lived and worked in the community his whole life. He is currently the branch manager at SunTrust Mortgage in Old Town. He has spent his career in mortgage banking and has been ranked as one of the Top 200 Mortgage Bankers in America. Frank is an active member of Alexandria Rotary Club and of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce; he was the Finance Chairman for the 250th Anniversary Commission of Alexandria; a founding board member of the Alexandria Aces collegiate summer baseball league team; a Past President of the Alexandria Sportsman's Club, and Campaign Chair for the United Way of Alexandria.

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.


Willie F. Bailey Sr., City Council Member
Willie F. Bailey Sr. spent his early childhood in rural Scottsburg, Virginia, where he lived until he was five. An Alexandrian for almost 50 years, Bailey graduated from T.C. Williams High School in 1983. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 21, and retired after 21 years of service. Bailey has been an active firefighter for 24 years, and currently serves as the Battalion Chief of Community Outreach & Public Affairs for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. In 1998, he founded Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, a non-profit organization that supplies thousands of children in Northern Virginia every year with backpacks, school supplies, new coats, sneakers, and gifts during the holiday season. During the 2015 holiday season, Firefighters and Friends distributed gifts to more than 3,500 children in Northern Virginia. Bailey is a 2013 recipient of Alexandria's Living Legends Award. He serves on the boards of Volunteer Alexandria, Good Shepherd Housing, First Night Alexandria, and Operation Warm. A single father of two grown children, Bailey resides in the Del Ray neighborhood.

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