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Date: September 22, 2015
To: Peter Coyl, Chair, GLBTRT, and GLBTRT Executive Board
om: Mike Morgan and Larry Romans
Re: Stonewall Long Term Investment Fund
We are both delighted at the success of the Stonewall Children and Young Adult Literature Award and pleased to be able to have funded the Award with our contributions to sustain the award. We are also honored that the award was renamed the Stonewall Book Award-Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award in honor of our gift to the endowment. The feedback, from inside and outside GLBTRT, from naming the award after us has been tremendously positive.
We are at a point where we are seriously considering another contribution to ALA and GLBTRT for the award.
There are two options that we are considering for the use of the contribution to the Stonewall endowment which we would like the Board to consider.
Increase the amount of the award to $1500.00 for each award winner; a total of $4500.00.
Add an award under the Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award by having both a Young Adult category and a Children’s category. There would then potentially be four Stonewall Awards of $1000 each for a total of $4,000.
Rather than announce a new award for younger readers, given the lack of GLBT books for children and their sometimes poor quality, we could give the committee the option of giving two awards a year [youth and teens] or only one. The earliest any children’s award could be given would be 2016.
Larry already has pledged $25,000 from his estate, which he could specify for the Stonewall Children’s Award, and Mike is ready to contribute another $25,000. We would like to work with the ALA Development Office to see if we can turn this into a matching contribution or if there is some other way to maximize the impact of this gift. If we decide on a matching campaign and the contributions don’t meet the matching, Mike and I are still committed to giving the entire amount.
Ann Symons thinks that we can accomplish both option 1 and 2:
The Stonewall Long Term Investment Fund, as of July 2015, is $236,234. The RT board approved starting a transfer of $1,000 to start funding the awards, starting for 2016. The amount that can be drawn from the endowment is 4% of the rolling 20 quarter average. Right now, that amount for 2016 is $5,195. We
appreciate that the funds have been allowed to grow and that the awards have been funded to date from the GLBTRT annual budget. With the sale of the seals, both paper and digital, the RT’s finances have improved markedly.
The total cost per year if we both increase the award (option 1) and add a new category (option 2) would be $6,000. This is double what we are currently granting. Under these circumstances, we could take $4,000 from the RT budget, which would allow the long term investment fund to continue to grow and take the remaining cost ($2,000 in the years in which both Morgan/Romans categories are awarded) from the long term investment fund each year.
The ACRL Instruction Section is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual librarian who has made an especially significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose pioneering efforts in the field of bibliographic instruction led to the formation of the ACRL Instruction Section.
A plaque and a $1000.00 cash award, sponsored by the Instruction Section, are presented during the Instruction Section program at the ALA Annual Conference.
Nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas:
- Planning and implementation of an academic instruction program in a library environment that has served as a model for other programs nationally or regionally
- Production of a body of research and publication that has a demonstrable impact on the concepts and methods of teaching and information-seeking strategies in a college or research institution
- Sustained participation in organizations, at the regional or national level, devoted to the promotion and enhancement of academic instruction in a library environment
- Promotion, development, and integration of education for instruction in ALA accredited library schools or professional continuing education programs that have served as models for other courses and programs
Electronic submissions are required. Nominations must include the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the nominee with a letter of support detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Additional letters of support are encouraged, up to three will be considered.
Nominators: Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
E-mail the nomination to IS Miriam Dudley Award Chair, Mark Szarko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), T: (617) 258-8022, E-mail: email@example.com.
Note: Nominees will be judged on an individual basis. This award cannot be given to a pair or group of individuals.
Submission Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2015
The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/camms/grps/ats-ccsigfsa) is seeking proposals for presentations on FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), especially FAST in the library catalog and/or discovery layer environment, at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The interest group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 PM.
Suggested topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
--Training staff, librarians, student workers, etc. to assign FAST (experiences, successes, problems, advice)
--User studies on FAST in the library catalog and/or discovery layer
--Making use of FAST headings from WorldCat records in local catalogs and/or discovery layers
--Maintaining FAST as Library of Congress subject headings change
--Using OCLC's FAST prototype tools, i.e., searchFAST, assignFAST, mapFAST, and/or FAST converter
We are seeking presentations of 10-15 minutes in length. Please send your proposed presentation topic and a brief description to interest group co-chairs Sarah Wallbank (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Susan Wynne (email@example.com) by November 6, 2015.
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Notable Children's Recordings
Priority Group Area *: Evaluation of Media (PGC II)
Current Chair(s)*: Barbara Scotto
Chair's Email*: firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee/Task Force Members*: Carolyn Angus
Heather Warren Smith
Has the committee recently reviewed its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws. *: Yes
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*: At our meetings at Annual 2015, we discussed all of the titles currently nominated for the 2016 Notable Children's Recordings list. Since that meeting, we have continued to review and nominate eligible titles for the list which we will finalize at Midwinter 2016.
Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*: As we create our list, we are aware of the importance of diversity in the library resources available to children.
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Saving emails in folder to forward to next chair., Chair is printing copies of substantive email to send to the ALSC office for the archive.
For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*: Yes
Aaron W. Dobbs, Thomas Dowling, Aimee Fifarek, S. G. Ranti Junus, Jenny Levine, Rachel Vacek
Where are we posting notices about meetings?
- Thomas will post on lita-l. Should we post on the blog, too?
Committees and Representatives
Is there a prompt in the new system when an applicant hasn't accepted or rejected an appointment?
- Jenny will check in the new system during beta testing (ALCTS and LITA will begin beta testing the new system next week)
- Jenny still has to talk to other divisions that have appointments committees; should the previous year's VP chair this group for next year's VP? Can the Nominating Committee also take this on?
- We need a Representatives wrangler like the positions for committees and interest group coordinators
FY15 budget close
- Jenny will post end-of-year budget documents to the LITA Financial Advisory Committee (FAC)
- Preliminary scan is that we're at a $20,000 deficit for FY15 (it's actually $70,000, but $50,000 of it is money we moved to the Endowment Fund)
- Looking at a new location because Portland and Salt Lake City didn't work out: Detroit? Ann Arbor? Kansas City?
- Thomas, Aimee, Jenny, Tammy, Sylvia (AASL), Melissa (AASL) will all meet to discuss a possible collaboration with AASL for the 2016 Forum
Idea for Spectrum Scholars-like program to increase diversity of library tech people
- We will likely have to put this idea on hold for a year while the new Director of the Office for Diversity takes over and gets up to speed on her own unit; maybe we can talk with her about this next year
In general, the LITA Executive Committee meets every other Tuesday from 2:00-3:00pm Central Time, and members are welcome to attend. To attend the meeting, join our Google Hangout. Due to the limits on the size of a Hangout, we appreciate a heads-up in advance so that we can switch to a different platform that better handles many participants if necessary.