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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.

Greetings, Board--

As we are currently convened in an online meeting, I would like to include an additional agenda item which has just come to our attention today regarding the Librarian of Congress. The Office of Government Relations (OGR) for the ALA Washington Office has invited ALA divisions to endorse a letter to the Senate Rules Committee asking them to rapidly vote to recommend to the full Senate that Dr. Carla Hayden be confirmed immediately to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress.

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Discussion Motions and seconds invited

by Mary Fellows on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 09:58 am

It seems like we’re ready to move forward with some motions. I invite motions and then seconds for:

1. Approving the addition of the word “annually” to appendix IV on the bottom of page 4 of the Belpre MOU.

2. Approving the change to the membership statement of Scholarships: Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound Committee from

It seems like we’re ready to move forward with some motions. I invite motions and then seconds for:

1. Approving the addition of the word “annually” to appendix IV on the bottom of page 4 of the Belpre MOU.

2. Approving the change to the membership statement of Scholarships: Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound Committee from

“The committee is made of five members, including the chairperson. At least one committee member shall be a library school faculty member. An ALSC Program Officer serves as staff liaison.”

to

“Chair plus five members (6 total).  At least one committee member shall be a library school faculty member. All members of committee are virtual. An ALSC Program Officer serves as staff liaison.”

3. Approving the change to the membership statement of Grants Administration Committee from “Chair plus eight.”

to

“Chair plus eight members (9 total).  All members of the committee are virtual.”

4. Approving the Twitter guidelines as presented.

 

We do not need a motion for the choice of topic for the next Community Forum. It seems that virtual participation is the topic most are interested in discussing at this CF. Carolyn intends to continue the Forums, I believe, so perhaps there will be future opportunities to discuss our other topics. 

 

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Poll Should the Twitter guidelines be approved as presented?

by Mary Fellows on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 03:41 pm
Yes
100% (10 votes)
No
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 10

Poll Should ALSC add the word “annually” to appendix IV on the bottom of page 4 of the Belpre MOU?

by Mary Fellows on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 03:26 pm
Yes
100% (8 votes)
No
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 8

Discussion March 2012 online board meeting: O & B motion making the Grants Administration Committee virtual

by Mary Fellows on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 02:19 pm

Change in charge wording to reflect committee’s virtual operation.

 

Discussion March 2012 online board meeting: Sibert terms

by Mary Fellows on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 02:14 pm

Here is the background on this issue, brought to our meeting at Midwinter where we began to consider it. (Please also refer back to Document 22 from our Midwinter meeting.)

The ALSC Executive Committee reviewed the task force’s report during their Midwinter Meeting and recommended the last sentence of the task force’s charge should be part of the new terms (Poetry is not eligible EXCEPT as a format or vehicle to convey information.) 

Here is the background on this issue, brought to our meeting at Midwinter where we began to consider it. (Please also refer back to Document 22 from our Midwinter meeting.)

The ALSC Executive Committee reviewed the task force’s report during their Midwinter Meeting and recommended the last sentence of the task force’s charge should be part of the new terms (Poetry is not eligible EXCEPT as a format or vehicle to convey information.) 

The members of the taskforce did discuss whether or not to include this sentence and decided it did not need to be included as it is covered in the definition and criteria, and wanted to go with something simpler. Susan Veltfort reported that Bob Sibert (donor) said that the criteria didn’t spell out that poetry wasn’t eligible, and he felt it could be eligible. It was recommended that simpler language would be clearer over time (for future committees that don’t have the context of this discussion), but that examples would be good.

Since the task force report only pulled out parts of the terms and criteria, the Board decided that we should review the manual for full context, and continue the discussion after conference.

So, we are first looking at the terms and definitions in their entirety in the manual here: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/sibertmedal/sibertslct

Then we are determining what changes should be made to “terms” in the manual. As reference, prior to the Board discussion the Task Force recommended this new wording:

“There are no limitations as to the character of the book provided it is an original work. Works of traditional literature (e.g. folktales) are ineligible.”

The Executive Committee, prior to the Board discussion, recommended this new wording:

"There are no limitations as to the character of the book provided it is an original work. Traditional literature (e.g. folktales) are not eligible. Poetry is not eligible EXCEPT as a format or vehicle to convey information." 

We spoke of providing examples for clarification of what is and isn't eligible (Joyce Sidman and Old Elm Speaks were mentioned). 

Our goal here is agreement on specifically what the terms should say, including examples. 

 

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Discussion March 2012 online board meeting: Belpre MOU

by Mary Fellows on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 02:16 pm

This is something we review annually with REFORMA to see if we want to make substantive changes. During this year’s review, we noticed the omission of one word, which we added. So one simple change: add “annually” to the bottom of appendix IV on page IV.  Change is highlighted on attached MOU document.

 

Discussion March 2012 online board meeting: Twitter guidelines

by Mary Fellows on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 02:23 pm

These documents respond to the Board request that we identify an interactive platform for ALSC members to discuss issues related to digital media (for example, apps). We will want to review the guidelines carefully. If we approve these guidelines or revised guidelines, ALSC can move forward on expanding our use of Twitter to engage members.

 

Discussion March 2012 online board meeting: O & B motion making the Scholarships Committee virtual

by Mary Fellows on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 02:21 pm

Change in charge wording to reflect committee’s virtual operation.

 

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