RMRT (Retired Members Round Table) RoundTable
Here is the email discussion started on March 22, 2017 by Joseph Egan about the effects of the possible budget coming out of Washington. Please feel free to join it with additional comments or supporting materials.
Dear committee and round table members:
ALA Executive Board member Andrew Pace has compiled some brief notes about ALA's advocacy plan to save our libraries and our library services from the cuts and the elimination of some vital federal ibrary programs in President Trump's proposed budget. I am sharing these notes with you with his permission.
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From: Andrew Pace firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:22 PM
Subject: FW: Trump budget
I've participated this week in 2 calls with ALA leadership, Division leaders, and ALA Affiliates. Below are the notes I took regarding actions around the Trump budget. President Todaro will be sending out much more detailed notes, but I thought you all might appreciate my version (it's actually a little shorter!)
ALA Leadership and the ALA Washington Office held conference calls with elected Division leaders, Division Executive Directors, ALA Affiliates, and ALA Executive Board Members to lay out the broad strokes of a plan to combat the proposed budget sent to Congress by the Trump administration. I participated in both of these calls, Friday, March 17 and Monday, March 20. Here are a few notes.
Trump has submitted what's referred to as a "skinny budget." It is light on specificity. In some instances, there's clarity of the cuts (e.g. IMLS); in others, large cuts are proposed to certain areas (e.g., Education) but it's unclear if the cuts would impact libraries (e.g., ESSA).
Emily Sheketoff described this as losing a battle in what is going to be a very long war. But ALA has every expectation of some success. In an effort to not spread itself too thinly, ALA has decided to focus on two areas where libraries are the sole stakeholder in ensuring victory. ALA and libraries are the only organizations standing up for school libraries and for LSTA. ALA will funnel its activities to these two areas, namely by focusing on funding for Innovative Approaches to Literacy and the IMLS.
Every budget cycle, ALA coordinates the drafting of a "Dear Appropriator" letter. They start with key supporters in the House and Senate and then get as many signatories as they can, basically saying "We the undersigned want this area funded in the budget." So far, ALA has Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) in the House, and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in the Senate; they expect many more to sign on. The goal is an overwhelming list of signatories.
Here's a timeline of how things play out:
- President submits his budget to Congress (March)
- Dear Appropriator letters sent to House Appropriations Committee (April 3)
- Dear Appropriator letters sent to Senate Appropriations Committee (late April)
- Congressional recess week of April 10 and April 17, with a goal to get as many members of the House and Senate into libraries as possible to see the work of libraries first hand.
- Continuing Resolution to fund the Govt ends in April. Congress will have to vote to extend the CR or the Government will shut down
- Library Legislative Day (May 1-2): a literal measure of success for this campaign is Hill offices calling the ALA WO and asking them to tell members to stop calling
- Congressional Appropriation Hearings for the rest of the year
- Meetings on the Budget subcommittee
- Budget goes to the floor of the House
- Conference Committee between House and Senate
According to the Washington Office, the best chances for ensuring budgets for IMLS and Innovative Approaches to Literacy are early on. After the budget goes to the HHS Labor sub-committee, there's little chance of making changes for or against a budget request.
The Washington Office will be publishing a detailed calendar of events very soon. This site has a lot of information already: http://www.districtdispatch.org/2017/03/presidents-budget-proposal-eliminate-federal-library-funding/
Some activities already planned:
- ACRL will be doing a postcard campaign at the meeting this month.
- Cengage Learning is reaching out to the library business community to promote Dear Appropriator letters; Exhibits Round Table is helping get the word out to vendors.
- IMLS is already pulling data together to show money spent and impact in libraries
RETIRED MEMBERS ROUND TABLE
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:45 – 10:00 am
Rosen Centre Hotel, Salon 15/16
Call to order: President Vivian Wynn called the meeting to order at 8:47 a.m. She welcomed everyone.
Agenda modified to move ALA Executive Board Liaison report next.
Report from ALA Executive Board Liaison: John DeSantis reported on Orlando conference and special Pulse memorial. Registration figures about 15,400. ALA membership us up (58,919 as of May) United for Libraries accounts for good portion of membership.
Dr. Carla Hayden nominated to serve as Librarian of Congress is on-going. There are no obstacles to her appointment. Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion approved all 58 recommendations. Library of Congress Subject Headings Aliens and Illegal Aliens are being considered for less pejorative headings. Issue is political correctness vs. access.
Introductions: Members and guests introduced themselves.
Approval of Midwinter Minutes: Ma’lis Wendt moved to approve minutes with minor changes to names and typos. Valerie Feinman seconded motion. Updated version will be placed on ALA Connect.
Treasurer’s Report: Pat Hoganreported balance of $13,361 as of April 2016. There are 214 personal members and 1 organizational member. Costs for RMRT Presidential program and roundtable conference calls were discussed, but no decisions were made. Joan Larson asked if fund raising is considered, the reasons should be shown and included in the budget.
Report from BARC Liaison: Ann Martin explained the budget cycles through 2018 for ALA Budget Analysis and Review Committee. ALA is financially strong and is almost on track for revenue and expenses. FY17 budget is over $65 million.
Nominating Committee: Ma’lis Wendt and Vivian Wynn announced the election results.
President Elect Ann Marie Pipkin
Assistant Treasurer Hannah Pickworth
Secretary Nann Hilyard
Directors Joan Atkinson & Nancy Bolt
Ma’lis will add new officers to the handbook. Vivian will chair the nominating committee. Officers and committee roster also will be on ALA Connect.
Membership Committee: Pat Hogan reported for Teri Switzer. Email invitations to join RMRT were sent to all retirees announced in American Libraries. Catherine Marriott asked if there are retiree sections at state level. Discuss pursued on contacting state library associations, but nothing was finalized.
Fund Raising Committee: Therese Bigelow was unable to attend. Vivian Wynn said that it was not prudent to spend without bringing money into RMRT. Suggestions on how to raise funds were raised, but right idea has yet to be found. RMRT dinner is the most popular. It was suggested that a small surcharge ($5) be paid to cover expenses of reservation, etc. This motion was passed.
Small Round Table Coordinating Assembly Report: Jennifer Gallant mentioned resolutions on appreciation of Congressional champions for support of school libraries in Every Student Succeeds Act, equity in all school library community, and ALA support for Spectrum Scholarship Program. There will be new resolution on shooting in Orlando, denouncing violence and LGBT discrimination, relationship between state chapters and ALA Executive Board. Vivian Wynn, Nancy Bolt, William Paullin and Rosanne Cordell expressed concern about wording in the resolution.
The effectiveness and cost “Libraries Transform” campaign was discussed. RMRT wondered why each new ALA President had a separate initiative if the previous campaign was not completed
President’s Program in Orlando: Vivian Wynn announced that "Fast and Easy: Advocacy that YOU can do with ALA” will be held on Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., OCCC Room W106
President’s Program in Chicago: Jean Doolittle presented possible topics (grandparent economy and how to use our skill in retirement). Catherine Marriott suggested panel discussion on what people are
doing in retirement.
Book Discussion Meeting: Rosina Alaimo will chair the book discussion in this room, immediately after the Board Meeting.
Program and Meeting Times at Midwinter: Jean Doolittle asked for recommendations. Consensus was to be consistent and try to same day and time slots.
Other Issues of Interest:
Valerie Feinman was appointed ACLR Liaison to RMRT. She asked if there are ways to combine forces or co-sponsor forum at Midwinter or Annual. This is a great possibility and will give visibility to RMRT.
Adjournment: Board Meeting was adjourned at 10:33 a.m.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you who will be attending ALA ANNUAL. I wanted to give you the details of our meetings and program that we will have in Orlando.
Our open Board Meeting is on Saturday, June 25 from 8:30 to 10:00 in the Rosen Centre Hotel Salon 15/16
followed by our very popular Book Discussion Group from 10:30 to 11:30 in the same room Rosen Centre Hotel Salon 15/16
On Monday there will be my RMRT President's program entitled:
"Fast and Easy: Advocacy that YOU can do! "
JUNE 26, 2016
1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM
OCCC (CONFERENCE CENTER) ROOM W106
I am very excited to have Emily Sheketoff , Director of the ALA Washington Office, as one of our speakers. Other exciting panel members will be Marci Merola, Director of the Office on Advocacy and Jan Sanders, COL member and Director of Pasadena Public Library.
The program is designed to give easy ways for people, particularly retired folks, to get involved with advocacy for libraries. . This should prove to be a very helpful session complete with valuable handouts. Please plan to attend and bring others with you. Also please spread the program information far and wide.
The program will begin with the presentation of the Norman Horrocks-Rowan & Littlefield Annual Conference Award to this year's winner Deborah Levitor.
I hope to see all of you there. We need the support of all of you as we continue to grow and improve RMRT.
Vivian R. Wynn
The Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) wants you!
Retired? Thinking of retiring? If so, membership in RMRT offers you an opportunity to stay active professionally.
- Plans programs
- Provides mentors to younger ALA members
- Provides leadership development
- Gives you the opportunity to renew past friendships and make new ones
- Fosters lifelong professional involvement and networking
- Encourages active engagement in ALA and the profession of librarianship.
For more information about RMRT visit:
To join, go to www.ala.org/membership/aladues and signup. Due are a low $20.00/membership year.
Don’t forget that if you are a retiree and have been an ALA member for at least 25 continuous years, you are eligible for a free lifetime ALA membership. Contact ALA’s Member Services and they will arrange it for you.
For many ALA members, December is renewal time. If you are retired or nearing retirement or just want to support the Retired Members Round Table (RMRT), consider joining our group for $20/year. Remember, if you are retired and were an ALA member for 25 consecutive years, you are eligible to receive a lifetime ALA membership -- you only have to pay for your divisions and Round Table memberships. A great deal and a great way to stay involved in your professional association!
For more information about RMRT, go to www.ala.org/rmrt
Thank you and if you have questions, feel free to contact Teri Switzer, RMRT Membership Committee Chair, email@example.com.