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The LES Membership Committee will meet virtually on Feb. 4th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m (PST) to discuss the following agenda:

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/13).

- Job Shadow Program.

- Membership promotion & recruitment (membership drive).

- Directory of Literature Librarians.

- Opportunities for promotion/collaboration with LES Publications.

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Event General Membership Forum (ACRL LES)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

A forum for sharing information with the members of the Literatures in English Section and for promoting English and American literature librarianship within ALA.

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Online Doc Draft LES Membership Committee Meeting Minutes,

by Francis Gravier on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 08:17 pm

 

Draft LES Membership Committee Meeting Minutes

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., July 1, 2013

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Chicago, IL

In attendance: Jaena Alabi, Jennifer Bartlett, Michaelyn Burnette, Nancy Foasberg, Liorah Golomb, Frank Gravier (chair), Abby Scheel, Jennifer Stevens.

 

ALA Annual 2013

 

Draft LES Membership Committee Meeting Minutes

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., July 1, 2013

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Chicago, IL

In attendance: Jaena Alabi, Jennifer Bartlett, Michaelyn Burnette, Nancy Foasberg, Liorah Golomb, Frank Gravier (chair), Abby Scheel, Jennifer Stevens.

 

ALA Annual 2013

The discussion forum format for our general membership meeting was very successful. Should we consider using a similar topic for our next one? Have we ever done an assessment of the forum?

 

Communication

We have letters which we send by email to new and lapsed members.

We have seen a slight drop in our number of members.  This may change, as ACRL is going to allow members to join as many sections as they wish.  It is unclear what effect this will have on sections’ budgets. The current structure is a base allocation of $1,000.00 and an additional $.75 for each member over 400. This is documented in Section 6.25.1 on the ACRL Budget and Finance page: http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter6#six25one

Amanda Binder has become our new director of social media and has been managing LES’s presence on Twitter and Facebook.   

Nancy Foasberg will write up a description of the membership forum for the blog. 

Further discussion of the nature of the blog is needed—should it be for essays, announcements, or both?  Can we ask people to start a discussion about this in the comments?

We talked about simplifying our work with the Publications Committee.

 

New Members

One of the benefits of LES is our support for new literature librarians, especially those without a background in literature.  We could publicize what we already do and talk about other ways to help new lit librarians.

We also talked about the New Members Discussion Group and the LES social, which was very big this year. 

 

Mentoring Program

Liorah delivered a report on mentoring program. 

Each time information about the program was posted, people submitted forms immediately afterward.  This means we should continue to put out calls for mentors and mentees.  So far we’ve had nine mentors and six mentees. Liorah has been able to pair all six of the mentees with mentors by matching the mentor’s strengths to mentee’s interests.  Interestingly, all the mentees were interested in digital humanities, but only one mentor was strong in that area.  At least two of the mentees were able to make it to ALA, including one from Korea! 

Because the requirement for geographic proximity has been dropped, it’s now much easier to make these matches. 

The committee considered how to publicize the mentoring program and also talked about getting feedback or testimonials for it.

 

Recruitment

We could see who gets new jobs by following the announcements in C&RL News and can send a form email to new literature librarians inviting them to join the section.  We don’t regularly get a list of the current membership, but this is available from ACRL. 

Michaelyn will check C&RL News. We can also send messages to people who leave the section saying that we are sorry to see them go and perhaps asking why.

We also get lists of new and reinstated members, so we could welcome them back.

 

Membership Meeting & Forum

For Midwinter, we will have a virtual meeting, focusing on the forum at Annual.  A virtual forum is currently complicated to do.  We’re only required to have one general membership meeting per year, and that works better face to face because it is a way for us to informally share with each other.  The committee can have a virtual business meeting for midwinter. 

This year at Annual, we had a focused panel, which was very well received.  We could do similar panels on many other topics.  One idea that was mentioned was leadership development, with ideas such as “leading from the middle.” Humanities people tend not to have leadership at the forefront so much, so such a panel could be useful.  Another idea that was mentioned was a poster session, which is how the Women and Gender Studies Section has their Membership Forum.

We will keep thinking about this.

 

Directory of Literature Librarians

There was some discussion about who should be included in the directory.  Is it a directory of literature librarians, LES section members, or something else? Should librarians be included if they are not LES members? Should graduate students be included? Should the directory be opt-out or opt-in?  The possibility of dividing the directory between active members and affiliate members was discussed as one way of including those who may not be literature librarians but who literature librarians may want to contact

Currently, the directory is not updated very often. The work of contacting librarians to find out whether they want to be listed in the directory will be divided among the committee members. 

We need to decide ahead of time how we will respond in each possible case.  If librarians are still listed at the same institutional website which is listed in the directory, we can leave them as they are; otherwise, we should use email to contact them. Self-updating hasn’t worked.

We talked about what the directory should include. If we collect more information, it will require more maintenance to keep this up to date.  We could list research interests to help people find collaborators and reviewers, but that could be very difficult to maintain.  Maybe people could use the LES Facebook page for these purposes, especially since the requests seem to come in waves at certain times of the year. 

Currently the directory is an Excel spreadsheet, so we could make it possible to download it and sort by column, but in its current format it does not allow for any more sophisticated searching.  Other possible uses of this data, such as putting together a librarian map, were considered. 

 

Minutes by Nancy Foasberg.

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Event ACRL LES Membership Committee Meeting

by Francis Gravier on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

 

The LES Membership Committee will meet virtually on Jan. 13th, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m (PST) to discuss the following agenda:

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/14).

- Mentoring Program.

- Communication with new, returning and departing members.

- Opportunities for promotion/collaboration with LES Publications.

 

The LES Membership Committee will meet virtually on Jan. 13th, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m (PST) to discuss the following agenda:

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/14).

- Mentoring Program.

- Communication with new, returning and departing members.

- Opportunities for promotion/collaboration with LES Publications.

For information about attending this virtual meeting please contact the chair, Frank Gravier, at gravier@ucsc.edu.

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Online Doc LES Membership Committee Minutes, 2/4/13

by Francis Gravier on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 02:07 pm

LES Membership Committee Meeting Minutes

Monday, February, 4th, 2013

Meeting via WebEx, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (PST)

In attendance:  Jennifer Bartlett, Michaelyn Burnette, Nancy Foasberg, Liorah Golomb, Frank Gravier (chair), Julie Judkins, David Oberhelman.

Announcements. Frank received notification from the ACRL Membership Committee of the resources available to LES Membership and a summary of what the ACRL committee needs from LES.

Planning for the LES Membership Forum at Annual 2013. 

LES Membership Committee Meeting Minutes

Monday, February, 4th, 2013

Meeting via WebEx, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (PST)

In attendance:  Jennifer Bartlett, Michaelyn Burnette, Nancy Foasberg, Liorah Golomb, Frank Gravier (chair), Julie Judkins, David Oberhelman.

Announcements. Frank received notification from the ACRL Membership Committee of the resources available to LES Membership and a summary of what the ACRL committee needs from LES.

Planning for the LES Membership Forum at Annual 2013. 

The forum is scheduled for Sunday, June 30 from 1:00 - 2:30. This general membership meeting provides an opportunity for LES membership to meet with LES leadership and hear about the programs and activities of the section. Traditionally the forum has included a presentation of interest to the membership.   Frank will contact members of LES Exec. and ask them to consider a brief presentation at the meeting regarding the activities of the section or specific committees.  It would be nice to have a presentation relevant to the rich cultural heritage of Chicago. Frank will look at the LES Directory to identify some members who may be able to help us.  David suggested a presentation on the Newberry Library as a possibility. It was noted that access to any presentation equipment is usually quite limited at these meetings.

Job Shadowing Program. Liorah summarized the report she gave to LES Exec. about the status of the Job Shadow Program. One of the great challenges of the program has been matching people geographically.  Liorah proposed that a virtual option be provided that could create a mentoring relationship between new and established literature librarians.  She will draft a model of how this might work for the committee's review.

Membership promotion.  

The committee had a general, brainstorming, discussion about ways to promote the section and increase membership. David offered to help with the distribution of LES brochures at the LES/WESS/SEES program at Annual. Frank will contact Megan Griffin, ACRL,  to find out how we can get a supply of brochures and if they can be delivered to the program site.  It was noted that a new Social Media Coordinator has been appointed to LES and this would be a good person for Membership to work with.  Increased use of our social media outlets (Facebook, LES Blog, discussion lists) was mentioned as ongoing means to promote both recruitment and retention in collaboration with the Publications committee. One of the tools available to Membership is a list of members who have just joined and members who have dropped their membership.  Membership Committee members agreed that we could split up the work of contacting the new and former members. Frank will get information about the lists for sharing with the committee and a process for contacting these new and former members will be discussed by email.

Minutes by Gravier

 

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Event Membership Committee Meeting (ACRL LES)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 04:00 pm

Location - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus G

Agenda

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Debrief 2013 forum

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/14).

- Mentor Program.

- Membership promotion & recruitment (membership drive).

- Reports to ACRL Membership cmte.

- Directory of Literature Librarians.

Location - Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus G

Agenda

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Debrief 2013 forum

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/14).

- Mentor Program.

- Membership promotion & recruitment (membership drive).

- Reports to ACRL Membership cmte.

- Directory of Literature Librarians.

- Opportunities for promotion/collaboration with LES Publications.

 Contact Frank Gravier (gravier@ucsc.edu)

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Event General Membership Forum (ACRL LES)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

A forum for sharing information with the members of the Literatures in English Section and for promoting English and American literature librarianship within ALA.

More information about this conference session

Event ACRL LES Membership Committee Meeting

by Francis Gravier on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 09:05 am

The LES Membership Committee will meet virtually on Feb. 4th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m (PST) to discuss the following agenda:

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/13).

- Job Shadow Program.

- Membership promotion & recruitment (membership drive).

- Directory of Literature Librarians.

- Opportunities for promotion/collaboration with LES Publications.

The LES Membership Committee will meet virtually on Feb. 4th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m (PST) to discuss the following agenda:

- Introductions.

- Announcements / Changes to the Agenda.

- Planning for Membership Forum, ALA Annual (6/13).

- Job Shadow Program.

- Membership promotion & recruitment (membership drive).

- Directory of Literature Librarians.

- Opportunities for promotion/collaboration with LES Publications.

For information about attending this virtual meeting please contact the chair, Frank Gravier, at gravier@ucsc.edu.

 

 

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Discussion LES General Membership Forum: December 4

by Jaena Alabi on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 05:25 pm

The LES General Membership Forum will be held online (via Adobe Connect) on Monday, December 4 from 4 to 5 pm EST.  If you'd like to participate in this open meeting, please email Jaena Alabi (jaena.alabi@gmail.com) to request the online meeting URL.  The agenda is below.

Agenda

The LES General Membership Forum will be held online (via Adobe Connect) on Monday, December 4 from 4 to 5 pm EST.  If you'd like to participate in this open meeting, please email Jaena Alabi (jaena.alabi@gmail.com) to request the online meeting URL.  The agenda is below.

Agenda

  1. Welcome: Faye Christenberry, LES Chair
  2. Section announcements: Jaena Alabi, Membership Committee Chair
  3. LibGuides Presentations
    1. Jen Bartlett
    2. Amanda Dinscore
    3. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy
    4. David Oberhelman
  4. Questions from attendees & Discussion
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Online Doc Minutes from September 2011 Virtual Meeting

by Jaena Alabi on Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 07:07 pm



ACRL Literatures in English Section

Membership Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4:00-5:00 pm (EST)



ACRL Literatures in English Section

Membership Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4:00-5:00 pm (EST)

WebEx

Minutes

Present: Jaena Alabi (chair), Jennifer Bartlett, Amanda Dinscore, John Glover (guest), Liorah Golomb, Melissa Mallon, David Oberhelman, Laura Taddeo

 

Introductions: Members introduced themselves.

Current Membership Statistics: The latest membership statistics received from ACRL show that LES had 591 members at the end of July 2011.  This number is up approximately 10% from the same time in 2010.

Planning for 2012 Midwinter Meeting

  • Topic: LibGuides
  • Presenters: Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Amanda Dinscore, Jen Bartlett, David Oberhelman.
  • David will coordinate presenters for the forum. Jen suggested all presenters work together to create a session outline to reduce duplication of common themes/examples.
  • Date: Jaena suggested holding the forum during the first week of December. After receiving input from the committee members, Monday, December 5th seems to be the best date.  The meeting will be held from 4-5pm Eastern/1-2pm Pacific.
  • Location: Virtual: technology/platform for meeting?
  • One limitation of WebEx is that we can only have 25 people on a meeting.  We may want to consider another platform (such as Adobe Connect if someone from LES has access to it) to allow more attendees.  If no one else from LES has experience with Connect, John Glover said he’d be willing to try it out since his institution has it.

Old Business

  • Update Job Shadowing Program—Liorah
    • Liorah contacted Arianne, who began the program last year.  Arianne began contacting LES members and asking for volunteers in October, so Liorah will follow that same schedule.
  • Facebook Group—Jaena
    • The LES Facebook group was created a few years ago and since then Facebook has revised its groups.  Our LES group (with 99 members) is scheduled to be archived. Jaena has created a new LES group and will send an announcement to LES-L so that people can join.
    • Liorah will investigate creating a group in Google +.

New Business

  • Discuss possibility of a membership drive or other ways to promote LES membership
    • Postponed until the next Membership Committee meeting.
  • Plan to update LES Directory of Literature Librarians (January)
    • In January, the Membership Committee will divide up the Directory of Literature Librarians.  Each member will be responsible for emailing about 20 to 30 people from the directory to check the accuracy of their information.
    • The committee plans to have the directory updated and sent to the LES Publications Committee by February 28th.
  • Future Membership Forum Options
    • Outreach using campus CMS: Rebecca Oling; Online Instruction: Aline Soules
    • Discussion postponed until the next Membership Committee Meeting.
  • Other ideas/suggestions from committee members present?
  • The next meeting will be shortly after the general membership forum.  Jaena will send out Doodle poll to committee members to decide the day/time for that meeting.
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To coordinate recruitment and retention activities for the section, as well as for English language literature librarianship within ALA; to coordinate any education activities for the promotion of English and American literature librarianship; to consult and cooperate with the Publications Committee in connection with the production and distribution of publications promoting membership in LES.

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