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Valerie Edmonds-Merritt (staff)'s picture

2013-2014 Board Liaison Assignments

Hi all!

Here is the list of committees and liaison assignments.  Please edit this doc accordingly.

I've edited the list according to my notes, but if I've misremembered, feel free to fix things.  If you want to trade, you know where to find each other.  Ask!

We have a committee whose liaison is no longer on the board, and a new committee to which we need a liaison.  We have two new board members who need committees to which to liaise (Jenny & Andromeda), and Griffey has agreed to remain liaison to PPC let someone else be liaison to PPC since he's done it for 3 years and was chair before that. :)  

Edit: here's our final list! yay! (but next year, let's do this earlier)

  • Assessment & Research - Cody Hanson
  • Awards & Scholarships* - David King
  • Education - Andromeda Yelton
  • 2013 Forum - Zoe Stewart-Marshall
  • 2014 Forum - Cindi Trainor
  • Publications - Zoe Stewart-Marshall
  • International Relations - David King
  • Membership Development - Jenny Reiswig 
  • Technology & Access - Rachel Vacek 
  • Top Technology Trends - John Blyberg
  • Program Planning - Rachel Vacek
  • Web Coordinating - Lauren Pressley
  • IGs* - John Blyberg & Lauren Pressley
  • ALA Council - Aaron Dobbs

Note: After confirming with ALCTS President Genevieve Owens, we will not appoint a Board liaison to the joint Metadata Committee.  The co-chairs will be responsible for reporting to the Board.

*There are discussions underway at the moment about how best to serve Awards and IGs.  More soon! 

Cindi Blyberg's picture

There was no previous liaison to this committee because it's a new committee. :)  

Cody Hanson's picture

Stands to reason then. Thanks!

Cindi Blyberg's picture

Hey you all!

I've made some edits above, to reflect that:

  • Having 3 committees was too much for me (what was I thinking?)
  • While the bylaws do not prohibit it, the Parliamentarian has not traditionally had a liaison role, as he is liaison to Bylaws already and has a lot on his plate given that the committee will be reviewing and revising the Manual, including the Bylaws.
  • We won't have a Board liaison to the Metadata committee, as it's a joint committee with ALCTS (confirmed with ALCTS President).
  • Rachel is still willing to trade Tech & Access--I assume?

So, what have I learned in my first month as President?  There is a LOT of touching base and back-and-forth with people to get stuff done.  Transparency is my goal, but I'm erring on the side of, well, less-than-transparent, when it comes to personal conversations with people.  So, if I were to blog my first month as President, it would be:

"I have talked to a lot of people about a lot of stuff!" :)

Next up: our August meeting.  Which may in fact be a September meeting. (see above re: back and forth!)

Aaron Dobbs's picture

the parliamentarian is the Chair of Bylaws and is not a voting Board member.

Agreed, committees need a voting Board member as their liaison... *Especially* PPC!

[eta: that said, I'd rather PPC have a steady, experienced hand than no hand -- but in future perhaps the "big 3" committees get their liaison(s) first, and then the others are portioned/selected out? (big 3 for me are: PPC, TTT, & Education)]


"Always remember everyone is working to make the organization better in their own way."
-Eli Mina, ALA Parliamentarian

David King's picture

just added myself as the liaison to International Relations - that's what we talked about, right Cindi?

Cindi Blyberg's picture

Yep! thanks!

We're nearly there, gang. :)

Andromeda Yelton's picture

I have to say, I'm really uncomfortable with not having a PPC liaison at this point.  Program proposals close next week; Abigail tells me that PPC will probably need liaison help starting at the end of September.  This means that a liaison we picked *today* would have six weeks to get up to speed with everything.  And we can't pick a liaison that fast, because everyone's time is already committed, and PPC can't be squeezed into the gaps around other committees.


I'm also uncomfortable with Griffey having run this show for so long, and if we'd been discussing this in May I'd have wanted him to step aside so someone else can learn the ropes.  But in August, I'm a lot happier letting him keep the role another year, with the firm expectation that he step aside then. This will let someone else learn the role while he's still on the Board to make knowledge transfer easier.


In short, when Deb runs up the Bat-Signal in six weeks, we owe her a liaison who's absolutely ready to go.  That won't happen if we have to spend a couple of weeks reshuffling assignments.  If there's a non-Griffey plan we can implement ASAP, let's do it, but I don't see one on the table.

LITA Board of Directors, 2013-2019; President-Elect, 2017-2018

Cindi Blyberg's picture

This is a discussion we should start up before Annual, not AT annual; I've passed that comment on to Rachel. :)  Griffey is "acting" PPC liaison until we get a plan in place; said plan should gel any day now.  Deb knows she is to contact Jason if she needs anything.

Cindi Blyberg's picture

As I noted above, there are discussions underway about how to serve Awards Committees and IGs most effectively.  This is otherwise the final liaison list for 2013-2014.  Go and liase! :)

BTW, I'm working on a "Board Cheat Sheet" that I hope will be helpful in your liaising.  Ideas welcome!

Elizabeth Stewart-Marshall's picture

I think we are well situated in having an experienced leader chairing PPC.  Deb has been a Board member in the past and she and Abigail worked hard on having a smooth transition.  Deb is aware of the issues and I think the Board can have every confidence that she'll ask for help if she needs it and before it becomes a crisis. Board liaisons don't have to be as actively involved when there is experienced leadership in place.  I would encourage any of the new members to take this on as a way to learn more about the interaction between LITA and big ALA - PPC's interaction with ALA Conference planning is enlightening.

Zoe Stewart-Marshall

LITA Past President (2013-2014)