Update from the Fall ALA Joint Boards Meeting
As you probably know, ExCo met in late October, and we wanted to make sure that you knew what went on. We met and had preliminary discussions that we'll also hold as part of the larger group in our upcoming meetings.
Forum Steering Committee
General report is that things went well. A few hitches are reported, but next committee will be able to incorporate that feedback. We were able to stream out the keynotes, and streamed in the final keynote due to a last minute health emergency. Forum really needs more sponsors. We should think about who we know, and if we have any recommendations, let Mary know. The upcoming theme is about the maker movement, so we might have some creative opportunities for vendors there.
Also, a very small number of board members were in attendance. Is there a way we can have more LITA leadership at the conference? One idea ExCo batted around, that we look forward to batting around with the larger board, is the idea that perhaps we could hold new board member orientation at Forum. If we were to do this, candidates would be told before they committed to running, and current board members and those running could be grandfathered in without the requirement.
Budget Review Committee
Generally, we're seeing the same news we've been seeing: loss of members and running a deficit. However, the deficit is less than we expected! We discussed the work of the previous and upcoming financial taskforces and also discussed a proposal to tie dues increases to CPI, and this will be the major topic of conversation in our November meeting. Part of the dues discussion came from that ALA will be bringing forth a dues increase this year. Of course, if LITA were to decide to go forward with this, we'd want to get feedback from members and make sure to emphasize quality of service. Look for an executive summary from Colleen, Zoe, and Cindi before our November meeting.
ExCo discussed possible means for refreshing the Top Tech Trends format. We discussed different approaches including picking a topic and finding experts around that area. Zoe is going to work with the new chair to help them get started. Talked about the possibility later on of also tasking the committee with coming up with related position papers or resolutions for Council based on the TTT information.
Zoe is exploring the possibility of an author presenting the LITA President’s Program.
Cindi is coming up with plans for the Town Hall Meeting that will enable small groups to consider different scenarios for a future vision of LITA. Please remember, Board attendance is required at this session!
Joint Boards Meeting
We also met in joint session with members of the other ALA divisions' Boards, ALA leadership and staff and the ALA Executive Board on Friday afternoon for a session lead by ALA President, Maureen Sullivan on "Reimagining ALA" It was an activity in Appreciative Inquiry, with small groups thinking about strengths of ALA, then sharing back to the group. From my WFU experience, AI is a way of gathering information about what you're already good at to figure out what to build on in the future. Maureen did something kind of similar with the Council last conference, so I suspect we'll see this type of information gathering going forward. In fact, Strategic Thinking will be on the agenda for our Saturday Board meeting in Seattle to discuss further this topic and provide additional feedback to Maureen and ALA leadership.
Anyway, we thought you'd want to know. Please comment if there are any questions!