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Greetings, Board colleagues.

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item is to discuss a potential Digital Media Award Plan.

In order to establish quorum for this online meeting, I would like to ask everyone to please indicate at this time that you are “present,” and once quorum is established within the next couple of days I will indicate that discussion may begin. A supporting document will be posted here in advance of the discussion commencing. 

Thank you.

Andrew

Greetings, Board colleagues.

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item is to respond to the Budget Committee's recommendation to fund the School-Age Programs and Services Committee proposal (attached) for Tween Non-fiction/fiction Paired List Bookmarks and Book List for up to $1500 from the FY2017 Children's Library Services Endowment funds.

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Discussion Online Board Meeting: Digital Media Award Plan

by Andrew Medlar on Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 03:23 pm

Greetings, Board colleagues.

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item is to discuss a potential Digital Media Award Plan.

In order to establish quorum for this online meeting, I would like to ask everyone to please indicate at this time that you are “present,” and once quorum is established within the next couple of days I will indicate that discussion may begin. A supporting document will be posted here in advance of the discussion commencing. 

Thank you.

Andrew

Poll Should the Board vote to cancel the September 2016 ALSC National Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina?

by Andrew Medlar on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 05:25 pm
Yes
100% (12 votes)
No
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 12

Discussion Online Board Meeting: ALSC 2016 National Institute

by Andrew Medlar on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 03:28 pm

Greetings, Board colleagues.

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item is to determine the status of the 2016 ALSC National Institute, and the discussion document is attached.

In order to establish quorum for this online meeting, I would like to ask everyone to please indicate at this time that you are “present” and then discussion may begin over the next couple of days. 

Thank you.

Andrew

Discussion Online Board Meeting: Children in Crisis Project

by Andrew Medlar on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 05:16 pm

Greetings ALSC Board Colleagues,

An item of New Business at Midwinter which we deferred for virtual work is the verbal request received from REFORMA at the ALSC/REFORMA Joint Executive Committee Meeting on January 9 to support their Children in Crisis project. I am now calling an online Board meeting to address this request.

Greetings ALSC Board Colleagues,

An item of New Business at Midwinter which we deferred for virtual work is the verbal request received from REFORMA at the ALSC/REFORMA Joint Executive Committee Meeting on January 9 to support their Children in Crisis project. I am now calling an online Board meeting to address this request.

On the website about the project, you can read more about it and its goal "to raise funds for books and backpacks for young refugees in detention centers across the country who awaited immigration processing or deportation" (quote source), and further information includes articles from American Libraries and SLJblog posts from our own ALSC Blog and YALSA; support from the IBBY Foundation; and a Council Resolution from 2015 Annual calling on ALA units to support the project and develop resources.

The form which this support would take, if any, is up to us and so I would now like to entertain discussion on this request for ALSC to support REFORMA's Children in Crisis project.

Andrew

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Discussion Online Board Meeting: Fiore Institute Support

by Andrew Medlar on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm

Greetings, everyone!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item comes to us from the 2016 National Institute Planning Task Force, and is a request to use funding from the Carole D. Fiore ALSC Leadership Fund to support one of the speakers:

Greetings, everyone!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item comes to us from the 2016 National Institute Planning Task Force, and is a request to use funding from the Carole D. Fiore ALSC Leadership Fund to support one of the speakers:

On behalf of the 2016 National Institute Planning Task Force we would like to submit a recommendation for the Leadership Fund of $1,000 to go towards an honorarium for Kathleen Gallagher during the Big Idea Session at the Institute in Charlotte, NC, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 11am after a welcome and introductions for approximately 45 minutes. Dr. Gallagher has expertise in the areas of social-emotion and behavior interventions, children living in poverty, early care and education programs, program evaluation, and professional development.

Dr. Gallagher’s presentation would focus on the type of community leader and advocacy that is needed in the 21st century.  Libraries and librarians can be leaders in promoting social justice in their communities. Dr. Gallagher will also specifically connect how Youth Librarians and educators can link program planning, book and media selection, and engage around issues of race, language, and gender diversity to 21st century leadership. In addition, Dr. Gallagher is planning to gather data-driven research in preparation for the presentation.  As a result, she plans to publish an article on the intersection of Libraries and Diversity, social justice, and leadership.

Dr. Gallagher’s research and applied work focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based approaches that support the learning and well-being of young children, families and early childhood professionals in the contexts of poverty and disability.  See Dr. Gallagher’s talk at TEDxUNC 2015, "The Healthy Child: Assembly Required" taken directly from http://fpg.unc.edu/node/666  

Per the terms of the endowment, the Board must approve this expenditure, which does have the support of Carole Fiore herself.

Here is the schedule for our vote this week

  • Preliminary Discussion: Now through Tuesday, November 3
  • Entertain a Motion: Wednesday, November 4, through Thursday, November 5
  • Final Discussion: Beginning with seconded motion (if any) through Friday, November 6
  • Vote, if seconded motion: Saturday, November 7, through Monday, November 9

In order to establish quorum for this online meeting, I would like to ask everyone to please indicate at this time that you are “present” and then discussion may begin. I will look to call for a motion on or by Wednesday.

Thank you!

Andrew

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Discussion Online Board Meeting: WGBH Letter of Support

by Andrew Medlar on Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 01:18 pm

Greetings, everyone!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

Greetings, everyone!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

The agenda item is to respond to a request we have received from WGBH for a letter of support for an Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) grant from the National Science Foundation (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793) on behalf of their preschool science series, Peep and the Big Wide World (http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/about/#act-0).

ALSC has lent support support to the series in the past and I see potential alignments between the request and our media mentorship and Building STEAM with Día efforts. WGBH includes recommended books to go along with each science concept they promote and we would request that they add a message encouraging the use of local libraries for accessing related materials.

Please note:

  • The proposed project is entitled Bringing Science Home with Peep. It will be a mobile-accessible, digital media research and development project targeting diverse, low-income 3- to 5-year-old children and their parents—specifically, those at-risk families participating in recognized home visitor programs.
  • Goals of the project are to a) foster constructive joint media engagement and hands-on science exploration among families, b) build the capacity of home visitors in educational STEM content, and c) more broadly disseminate the ultimate resources—of value to all parents of preschoolers—via national and regional parent engagement organizations.
  • During the first two years of the project, WGBH and researchers from the Education Development Center will work through multiple cycles of implementation, research, and revision to create the Peep and the Big Wide World Family Engagement Toolkit. This Toolkit, available in both English and Spanish, will include modifications of existing Peep assets, plus new animations, live-action videos, hands-on activities, and mobile apps, accompanied by professional development for home educators.
  • WGBH asks ALSC to:
    • (Staff) follow the development and research phases via periodic emails or annual webinars in Years 1 & 2; and,
    • Commit to sharing news about the new free, bilingual resources to their networks via a variety of communication tools (listservs, e-newsletters, social media, etc.)

Here is the timeline for our meeting:

  • Preliminary Discussion: Now through Tuesday, October 20 (3:00 p.m. Central)
  • Entertain a Motion: Tuesday, October 20 (3:00 p.m. Central) to Wednesday, October 21
  • Final Discussion: Beginning with seconded motion (if any) to Thursday, October 22 (4:30 p.m. Central)
  • Vote, if seconded motion: Thursday, October 22 (4:30 p.m. Central) through Saturday, October 24 (4:30 p.m. Central)

In order to establish quorum for this online meeting, I would like to ask everyone to please indicate at this time that you are “present” and then discussion may begin. I will look to call for a motion on Tuesday.

Thank you!

Andrew

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Discussion O&B Motions to enact Digital Media Plan

by Nina Lindsay on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 07:15 pm

Greetings, Board colleagues!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

We have before us 6 motions from the Organization & Bylaws Chairs to enact the Digital Media Plan, by altering the Great Websites, Carnegie Medal/Notable Childrens' Videos, and Children and Technology Committees.

In order to establish a quorum for this meeting I ask everyone to indicate "present" in the comments below. Because there is urgency to passing these motions I am presenting background below now.  The schedule for this vote will be:

Greetings, Board colleagues!

I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.

We have before us 6 motions from the Organization & Bylaws Chairs to enact the Digital Media Plan, by altering the Great Websites, Carnegie Medal/Notable Childrens' Videos, and Children and Technology Committees.

In order to establish a quorum for this meeting I ask everyone to indicate "present" in the comments below. Because there is urgency to passing these motions I am presenting background below now.  The schedule for this vote will be:

Thursday Dec 1 --Establish quorum, and members present review background and motions

Friday Dec 2 --After I call the quorum, entertain second for the 6 motions, and begin discussion

Monday Dec 5-Wed Dec 7 --Complete discussion and vote. 

Background

Earlier in June, the Board discussed the proposed Digital Media Award plan.  In that discussion (which you can review here) a motion was made, seconded, and passed to adopt in concept the following, and to refer to O&B crafting next steps for implementation.

  • Expand the scope of the Great Websites Committee’s charge to include digital media.
  • Evolve the charge of the Carnegie Medal/Notable Children's Videos Committee to become selection of a winner of an annual medal for “Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media.”
  • Expand the charge of the Children and Technology Committee to include the selection of a winner of an annual “ALSC Media Mentorship Leadership Award,” as well as the duties of the Digital Content Task Force.
  • Define “digital media” as: Any real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content or product that is available via personal electronic device across multiple platforms that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while developmentally appropriately informing, educating, and/or entertaining.
  • Implement on a pilot basis to be evaluated with the possibility of future adjustments being made to fit the current environment. 

The motions are attached. In summary:

  1. The Children and Technology Charge motion adds to this committee's charge: "To select the recipient of an annual ALSC Media Mentorship Leadership Award"
  2. The two motions for the Carnegie Committee change its name to "Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee" and establishes a new charge.
  3. The three motions for the Great Websites committee change its name to "Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee", establishes a new charge, and corrects language in the composition statement regarding virtual committee status to make it consistent with other virtual committees. 

Once these motions are passed, I will establish a task force to oversee implementation of these three "evolved" committees, including establishing terms and criteria and a pilot review process, and we will undertake to appoint this task force and the committees to commence their new work at Midwinter. 

 

 

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