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Starr La Tronica's picture

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Greetings, Board! 

I have some news from the programming committee---the two proposals accepted for the "hot topics' program slots are:

Dynamic Digital Dia: Promoting Cultural Competence in Digital Storytimes

Whet Your APPetite: Rapid Reviews of Apps for Children from Preschool to Tweens

 

Also, we have two holdover items from our Midwinter meetings to address:

1) The request from Operations and Bylaws to restructure the Awards Priority Group Consultant appointment structure to allow for mentorship and training of incoming PGC.  The attached form has been amended to avoid confusion or overlap in advising committees.

2) The request to support the advocacy initiative, Take Your Child to the Library Day. The attached letter has a footnote amendment that encourages flexibility in arranging and observing this event.

Please add a brief comment to establish your "presence" so that we create a quorum. After you review that attached documents and engage in discussion through Thursday 3/6, I will call for motions and seconds on Friday 3/7. Barring further discussion, will open the vote upon receiving the seconds.

Thanks so much!

Starr

Diane Foote's picture

Hi Starr! Thanks for getting us started. I'll take a look at the documents.

--Diane, dianebfoote@gmail.com

Fiscal Officer
ALSC, a division of ALA

Assistant Dean
Dominican University GSLIS

Diane Foote
Assistant Dean & Curator, Butler Children's Literature Center
Dominican University GSLIS
dfoote@dom.edu, 708-524-6054
http://www.dom.edu/gslis

Megan Schliesman's picture

Will read and comment in the coming days.

Megan

Megan Schliesman's picture

PGC Membership Statement As proposed:

"One consultant for each group established according to the designated priorities of the Board. An additional consultant for Priority Group V: Awards, to be appointed for overlapping terms. Each committee will have only 1 Prority Group Consultant. The newly appointed Priority Group Consultant will work with the newly appointed award committees."

I can't recall if we wanted this more or less specific than we originally looked at during Midwinter.  My question is do we need to spell out what is meant by "overlapping terms"?  I'm fine with that being vague if it's allowable.  But if not, what about something like:

"An additional consultant for Priority Group V: Awards, to be appointed approximately 6 months prior to end of current consultant's term. The newly appointed Priority Group Consultnt will work with the newly appointed committees, so that award committees will have a single PGC over the duration of their work."

 (I apologize if this takes us back to where we were. And if it isn't necessary to be more specific, then  let's leave it as is.)

Megan

Ellen Riordan's picture

Thanks Starr.  Will take a look next early next week.

 

Ellen

Lisa Von Drasek's picture

will review and participate

Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota Libraries

Rita Auerbach's picture

With regard to the O&B proposal, I agree with the specificity that Megan suggests. It is my understanding, however, that the second PGC would be appointed a year after the appointment of the sitting PGC so that the new PGC could work with newly formulated awards committees and be mentored by the sitting PGC and so that awards committees would work, to the extent possible, with the same PGC throughout their terms.

I am leaving Sunday for two weeks in Costa Rica and it's not clear if I will have access to email. I'm hoping to be able to remain a part of this discussion but, if I cannot access email, please know that my silence does not suggest indifference to our deliberations.

Rita

Gretchen Caserotti's picture

I'll take a look over the weekend. Thanks

Jamie Naidoo's picture

Hello Everyone,

I agree with Megan that we might need a little more specificity. We know at this point in time what we mean by overlapping terms but will that be clear 5 years down the line?

As for the Take Your Child to the Library, I'm not sure that I like the footnote approach to addressing our suggestions. It seems like an after thought. Is the information in her footnote  to be made available on the website or wherever she would post our endorsement? I think it should be clear that is what we would want.

Best

Jamie

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D.
Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor
Univ of AL - SLIS
513 Gorgas Library – Box 870252
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252
jcnaidoo@slis.ua.edu

Diane Foote's picture

Hi All! Tackling the easier one first. I agree with Jamie the footnote does seem like an afterthought, but I don't mind voting to support this as long as any letter we'd draft to send back to them included these details in the body of the letter.

--Diane

Diane Foote
Assistant Dean & Curator, Butler Children's Literature Center
Dominican University GSLIS
dfoote@dom.edu, 708-524-6054
http://www.dom.edu/gslis

Carolyn Brodie's picture

Will review and get back soon.

 

Jan Watkins's picture

I think it may attract more participants if the letter stated "to choose a date in February".

Diane Foote's picture

Whew! This one doesn't seem like it should be so sticky (we all know what we mean!) but it's a challenge to put it on paper, isn't it? I agree with Megan and Jamie that it isn't quite right as written, but I suggest the opposite solution: Rather than more detail, let's simplify the language. There are THREE places where wording changes are proposed: 1) the membership statement for all PGs; 2) the function statement for PGV; and the membership statement for PGV. No changes are proposed for the term statement for PGV, and that's where I think our clarification belongs.

I suggest the proposed membership statement for all PGs to be shortened from what O&B has moved to:

"One consultant for each group established according to the designated priorities of the Board. An additional consultant for Priority Group V: Awards; see PGV term, below."

with added language in the term statement for PGV:

"Term: 2 year, spring, appointed annually for overlapping terms."

I think the other changes proposed by O&B are fine, and consistent.

--Diane

Diane Foote
Assistant Dean & Curator, Butler Children's Literature Center
Dominican University GSLIS
dfoote@dom.edu, 708-524-6054
http://www.dom.edu/gslis

Lisa Von Drasek's picture

I appreciate Diane's clear language and that it reflects the intent of having one working mentor  with a mentee along side

 

Lisa Von Drasek, University of Minnesota Libraries

Michael Santangelo's picture

I too agree with Diane's wording and the need simplify the language.

Andrew Medlar's picture

I think that Diane's wording above frames the intent in a way that will be helpful in moving forward with O&B's excellent suggestion.

Andrew 

 
Andrew Medlar's picture

Love the "Hot Topic" program selections! Thanks and appreciation to the committee and the presenters--can't wait to attend these!

Thank you for the update on those, Starr.

Andrew

 
Andrew Medlar's picture

I'm not sure that it's necessary to call out weather as a potential reason for changing the day (some places have lovely weather in February and some places can get a lot of snow in March) or that a footnote is the most effective place for that information. However, I'm grateful for the addition of content to address our concerns about the need for date flexibility for different constituencies across the country and think it does the trick.

Andrew 

 
Ellen Riordan's picture

Concur with Diane's simplification of the wording of PGC for Awards. "overlapping terms" clearly describes the purpose intended for this group.  With simplicity in mind, perhaps we can recommend language that indicates TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY is " a designated day in February in which families are encouraged to visit the library." Agree with Andrew that weather is less a factor of flexibility for communities than other concerns addressed in our discussion.

Megan Schliesman's picture

O&B: Thanks to Diane for coherent solution.

Take Your Child to the Library: I like the "a designated day in February" solution suggested by Ellen to be incorporated into letter.

 

Megan

Ellen Riordan's picture

All,

Since we seemed to like Diane's elegant suggestion to the PGC V issue, please find attached my motion to amend the purposed O & B changes as written. I used the O& B form for clarity and context.  I included Diane's suggestions in RED and added them to the form. In our conference call this week Aimee indicated that if we could agree on an amendment to the language, we could vote on line to change the by-laws as stated.

 

So: I purpose a motion to amend the purposed O & B changes to the Priority Group V: Awards as written.

 

Diane Foote's picture

Aw, shucks, Ellen, thanks! I guess since I crafted the thing I'll lob in a second.

Diane Foote
Assistant Dean & Curator, Butler Children's Literature Center
Dominican University GSLIS
dfoote@dom.edu, 708-524-6054
http://www.dom.edu/gslis

Ernie Cox's picture

It would help me to have some examples of what happens at participating libraries during this day. Perhaps we could suggest a revised request including our rewording about "a day" in a February along with some outcome examples from previous years.