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Discussion VWBP (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conferance)

by Jonathan Emmell Leister on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 02:55 pm
in Virtual Communities and Libraries

This annual conference takes place in March. I was curious if anyone else was aware of it. Below is a link to the website.

Discussion Nominating Committee

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 02:20 pm
in PLA Committee Chairs (Public Library Association)

Here's a draft communication and attachments to the 2016 committee. Any practices in this post and attachments could change for the 2016 and future elections.

As you know, the work of the Nominating Committee is vital to the success of PLA as an organization. Your committee is tasked with developing the slate of candidates for the 2016 spring election. The terms of Directors-at-Large Melinda Cervantes and Jay Turner are ending. The Nominating Committee must prepare the slate of candidates for two positions to consist of:


  • Two candidates for the position of president-elect (one person elected)
  • Two candidates (4 total) for each director-at-large position (one person elected to each) There are two director-at-large positions to be filled (3 year terms 2016-2019)

The elected individuals are told that they've been elected in May 2016 and take office after Annual Conference 2016. The Nominating Committee for 2017 will also put forward 2 candidates for the Division Councilor position. Division Councilor Rivkah Sass' term ends at AC 2017.

One of the guiding principles behind PLA’s governance structure is to create a strategic board whereby members are asked to participate in the leadership of the organization based on the leadership skills and strengths that they will bring to the PLA Board.  The Nominating Committee should consider the leadership capacity of potential Board members as well as the candidates for the office of the President-Elect.  The PLA board does not represent specific constituent groups or regions of the country.  The entire membership is eligible to vote for all candidates on the ballot.


Facts to know:

  • The President Elect position serves a three year term: President-Elect, President, Past President
  • The Directors-at-large positions are also three year terms
  • All terms commence immediately following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference and end at Annual Conference 2019.
  • Attendance is required at the following meetings:
    • 2016-2019 Fall PLA Board Meetings
    • 2016-2019 ALA Midwinter Meetings
    • 2016-2019 Spring PLA Board Meetings (if it is determined a face-to-face meeting is required; this meeting may be held via conference call)
    • 2016-2019 ALA Annual Conferences


Note:  PLA pays for housing and travel for attendance at the Fall and Spring Board Meetings, not the ALA Midwinter or ALA Annual Conference meetings.


At your discretion, the Nominating Committee may want to consult current Board members for the names of PLA members to consider for the position of PLA President-Elect.  The deliberations of the Nominating Committee are closed.


Other considerations as you develop a slate of candidates:

  • Historically, PLA strives to have a balanced and diverse slate with respect to the following factors:  size of library, geographic location, race, gender, prior leadership experience and any other factors the committee deems relevant.  We try run candidates from comparable size libraries against each other, rather than ask a well known member to stand for election against a less active or known member.
  • Candidates must be members of PLA.
  • It is desirable that candidates have been active members of PLA and have a history of PLA committee service.
  • Candidates should be aware of the time commitment they are making to PLA and have the resources available to fulfill their obligation.  For example, serving on ALA Council may prove to be a challenging commitment to fulfill while serving in the office of PLA President.  PLA obligations must take precedence over other ALA volunteer activities.


Note:  PLA can provide a history or profile of PLA activities for any individual you may be considering; past committees have found this information helpful to them as they compose a prioritized list of candidates.  If you would like this type of information, please contact me.


The committee should begin identifying a list of potential candidates as soon as possible.  The committee is responsible for contacting candidates, securing their acceptance of the nomination, and providing to the PLA President and Executive Director, a final slate of candidates as soon as possible and no later than the close of the 2015 Annual Conference.  Candidates will need to submit their biographical information into the ALA election database prior to the close of the database in late January.  A separate attachment is a ‘Candidate Fact Sheet’.  This may be helpful information to provide to anyone who is considering standing for election for the position of President Elect.



Discussion VRT Gala in San Francisco: An Evening with California Filmmakers Rick Prelinger and Dawn Logsdon

by Deborah Benrubi on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 10:17 am
in VRT (Video Round Table)

Planning to attend ALA 2015? Don't miss the VRT Gala on Sunday June 28, from 7-9:30 p.m.

An Evening with California Filmmakers Rick Prelinger and Dawn Logsdon

Location: 654 Mission St., just two blocks from Moscone Convention Center

Tickets available with ALA registration or at the door: $15 VRT members, $20 non-members.

Planning to attend ALA 2015? Don't miss the VRT Gala on Sunday June 28, from 7-9:30 p.m.

An Evening with California Filmmakers Rick Prelinger and Dawn Logsdon

Location: 654 Mission St., just two blocks from Moscone Convention Center

Tickets available with ALA registration or at the door: $15 VRT members, $20 non-members.

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served along with a dynamic presentation from Rick Prelinger, founder of the Prelinger Archives, and Dawn Logsdon, award-winning director, producer, and editor.

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer and filmmaker whose collection of 60,000 ephemeral films in the Prelinger Archives was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002. His feature-length film Panorama Ephemera (2004), depicting the conflicted landscapes of 20th-century America, played in venues around the world. His film No More Road Trips? premiered in 2013. He has made fourteen live and participatory archival programs in the Lost Landscapes series, linking urban history and urban futures, in San Francisco, Detroit, Los Angeles and Oakland. 

Dawn Logsdon has produced and/or directed numerous documentary films including: Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008), Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (2013) and Lindy Boggs: Steel and Velvet (2008). She also served as editor for two-award winning films Paragraph 175 (2000) and The Weather Underground (2002) among others. Dawn will speak about her current project Free for All: Inside the Public Library, and present clips. Here's a recent article about Free for All.

Video Round Table would like to thank the following vendors for their sponsorship of the 2015 Gala:

SAGE Publications (Gold sponsor)
Alexander Street Press (Silver sponsor)
Films Media Group (Silver sponsor)
Swank Motion Pictures (Bronze sponsor)
Bullfrog Films (General sponsor)
California Newsreel (General sponsor)
Kino Lorber (General sponsor)

For more information, contact VRT.


Event Meeting of Library Services to an Aging Population Committee

by Angela Fortin on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 03:10 pm
in RUSA RSS Library Service to Aging Population (Reference Services Section)

Virtual meeting of Library Services to an Aging Population Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00pm (EST). Meeting agenda to follow.