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
Patricia Dane Rogers
Alexandria Library Company appointee
Treasurer: Helen Desfosses
City Council citizen appointee
Willie F. Bailey Sr.
Alexandria City Council
Secretary: Trudi Hahn
City Council citizen appointee

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Alexandria Library Board Meeting Schedule FY 2018

4:00 p.m. (Meeting locations listed beside meeting dates below)

Monday, September 17, 2018 Beatley Central Library
Monday, October 15, 2018 Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Monday, December 17, 2018 Beatley Central Library
Thursday, February 21, 2019 James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library
Monday, April 15, 2019 Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Monday, June 17, 2019 Beatley Central Library


Alexandria Library Board Meeting Minutes

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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.


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.

Trudi Hahn, Secretary
Trudi Bellardo Hahn is retired from a 40-year career of teaching, research, and service in the field of library and information science and technology. She was on the faculties of Drexel University, University of Maryland, Catholic University of America, and University of Kentucky. She also served as the Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She has had experience working in or with academic libraries, public libraries, and special/corporate/government libraries. She has written or edited six books, numerous book chapters, journal articles, and given many invited talks and conference proceedings and served on several journal editorial boards. She was awarded the Drexel Service to Profession Award and the University of Kentucky Outstanding Alumna Award, College of Communications and Information Studies. She was the 2003 President of the American Society for Information Science & Technology. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Dyke Marsh, and of Porto Vecchio Condominium, and is a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

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.

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.

Patricia Dane Rogers
Patricia Dane Rogers, a journalist with a literature degree from Columbia University, covered architecture, design and decorative arts for The Washington Post and The Washington Star for 30 years. Winner of a Washington Post-George C. Marshall Fellowship to Duke University’s School of Public Policy, she conducted in-depth research on Thomas Day, an African American cabinetmaker from antebellum North Carolina. Continuing her investigative work in retirement, she revealed Day’s previously unknown abolitionist ties in an article for the scholarly journal, American Furniture 2013, “The Missing Chapter in the Life of Thomas Day.” More recently, she uncovered the 18th century roots of Clover/College Park, a 1950’s Alexandria neighborhood. She is also a board member of the Apprend Foundation, a NC-based 501-c-3 that runs workshops for teachers of African American history nationwide.