Regional Workshops Committee
The Regional Workshops Committee was formed just over two years ago to take successful workshops presented at preconferences out to a wider audience throughout the country. ACRL agreed to take on the responsibilities of registration, contracts, etc--what they do for RBMS preconferences. They built into the budget the same percentage that they charge RBMS for preconferences. In reality they spent much more time (i.e. money) than was budgeted. With the new budget reflecting actual SCRL time spent on regional workshops, the registration fee would have to abe raised to $219 with almost 70% going for overhead. This is not feasible.
The committee discussed possible alternatives and there was consensus around tweaking the charge of the committee to focus on the identification, organization and presentation of preconference workshops. Since the 2011 annual meeting the chair of the committee has been working with the 2012 Preconference Program Committee to procure workshops and to create a database of possible workshops and presenters. The committee could still have an advisory role to institutions wishing to host a workshop previously held at an RBMS preconference.
At the Executive Committee meeting, I said I would start a discussion on ALA Connect, which, hopefully, this does.