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Discussion Trump Budget

by Jean Doolittle on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 01:18 pm

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:

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.
 
Joseph

"ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to speak out and support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.

“We will continue to speak out and support our members as they work tirelessly for access to library and information resources on behalf of all of their community members, while advocating for privacy, intellectual freedom, critical global research, information literacy, ongoing access to scientific research, and fair and equitable treatment for everyone."

ALA, January 30, 2017

 

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From: Andrew Pace andrewkpace@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:22 PM
Subject: FW: Trump budget

Dear Liaisons!
 
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!)
-Andrew
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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
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Discussion Next Executive Director: RMRT Member thoughts

by Jean Doolittle on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 09:31 pm

From the President:  This was a hot topic on the RMRT listserv a couple of weeks ago and I thought it merited a place on ALA Connect.  Please add any more thoughts you have on the topic and consider starting more discussion here on topics that matter to you.  I don't know about you, but I find it hard sometimes to follow discussion threads on email and I'm generally overwhelmed by the volume of email I get.  I will move other email discussions over here on occasion.  Let me know if you approve.  I'm trying to find additional effective ways to communicate.

 

 

Discussion RMRT programs message from Vivian Wynn

by Mary Wendt on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Hi Everyone,

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:

 

Hi Everyone,

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! " 

                                          SUNDAY

                                          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.

 

Thanks you,

Vivian

 

Vivian R. Wynn

President

RMRT

615-902-9852 

 

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Discussion Retired Members Round Table Wants You!

by Teri Switzer on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 06:41 pm

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.

 

RMRT:

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.

 

RMRT:

  • 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.

 

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Discussion Retired Members Round Table - Call for Membership

by Teri Switzer on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

Hello,

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!

Hello,

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, tswitzer@uccs.edu.

 

 

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Discussion Retired Members Round Table events in San Francisco

by Mary Wendt on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

Hi all:

 

Thanks to Ann Marie Pipkin for putting together this list of our events in San Francisco.

 

The RMRT has several sponsored events scheduled in  San Francisco at ALA annual 2015.

 

Friday night dinner on the Bay Sunset Cruise.  

Hi all:

 

Thanks to Ann Marie Pipkin for putting together this list of our events in San Francisco.

 

The RMRT has several sponsored events scheduled in  San Francisco at ALA annual 2015.

 

Friday night dinner on the Bay Sunset Cruise.  

Many thanks to Naomi Angier for making these arrangements:   You must call the number 888-651-9785, book your individual cruise and ask to be linked to reservation #70787003 which is my reservation number. That way we will all be on the same boat. The caterers are being informed that a large group will be on the boat and will have tables together. The cruise is at 7PM. I will get there at 6:30 and make sure we have tables. After you book the cruise (you will have your own confirmation number, but will be linked to my number), please email either the RMRT list or me at naomiangier@comcast.net and let me know you are coming so I know how many people to expect. When you arrive at the dock, just go on the boat and look for me at the tables. For more information about the cruise, here is the link http://www.viator.com/tours/San-Francisco/San-Francisco-Bay-Sunset-Cruise/d651-2630SUN.

 

Saturday 10:30 am - 11:30 RMRT Board Meeting at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Pacific Suite A

 All are welcome to see what we are doing!

 

Saturday 3:00pm to 4:00pm RMRT Author Event at the Moscone Convention Center 3010 (W)

Marie J. Albertson, author of "Old Librarians Never Die They Jump Out of Airplanes: Adventuring Through the Senior Years in Indiana", will discuss her many varied experiences since retiring from the Indiana State Library.

 

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 8:30am to 9:30am  Conversation with AARP at the Moscone Convention Center2010 (W)

Hot Topic: Midlife and Older Adults! As one of the leading voices for an aging America, AARP and AARP Foundation regularly monitors the needs of its 38 million members and helps equip older adults across the country to lead the type of life they imagine and prompt them to consider the most important questions they face. Learn where AARP is investing its time and energy to help you as you consider your own retirement and what resources they are creating with their partners like ALA to assist you with program development for older adults at your library.

 

THAT'S IT IN A NUTSHELL.  HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE RMRT EVENTS! 

 

I hope to see you all at these events.

 

I leave for San Francisco next Saturday and will send out the final agenda next week.

 

If you need to reach me before our meetings, my cell phone number is 917-715-2392.

 

See you soon.

 

Ma’lis Wendt

President  RMRT

 

 

 

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Discussion RMRT Survey results

by Mary Wendt on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 11:46 am

Hi all:  I'd like to share the results from our member survey conducted earlier this year.  I want to thank Ad Hoc Committee members--Delores Meglio, Twyla McConnell and Linda Fein for putting together the survey.

The RMRT Board is interested in your thoughts on the survey and ideas for the future.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Ma'lis Wendt

President

 

                             RMRT Member Survey Results

June 24, 2014

                                             20 responses

 

 

 

Hi all:  I'd like to share the results from our member survey conducted earlier this year.  I want to thank Ad Hoc Committee members--Delores Meglio, Twyla McConnell and Linda Fein for putting together the survey.

The RMRT Board is interested in your thoughts on the survey and ideas for the future.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Ma'lis Wendt

President

 

                             RMRT Member Survey Results

June 24, 2014

                                             20 responses

 

 

 

1)      How would you want to participate in the success of RMRT?

  • Honestly, right now I just don't have the time. I think it's great that other people are doing so much, but I can't right now.
  • Currently serve on the Membership Committee. Willing to serve on other committees.
  • Participation on committees. Writing articles/pieces for use by RMRT, ALA, other professional journals on the "relevance" of retired library employees of all ilks.
    • I would like to participate in committees (in person or virtually), but also would be interested in serving as a member or a reviewer. I have more than 40 years of ALA experience.
    • What a lovely question! I don't know yet. Ill health is currently taking all my energy.
    • Programs, retirement info, social opportunities,
    • Provide options
    • Meetings programs camaredie
    • observer
    • Committee work, developing bylaws, acting as liaison to other groups...
    • By sustaining my membership; attending meetings and where possible, programs, trips and other things that are offered. And spreading the good words about RMRT. You can be retired and have a very productive time helping RMRT and ALA.
    • Support programs and social events.
    • Participation in governance and /or activities. ???
    • Hopefully just as a member and not an officer any more!
    • as an active member
    • virtually  
    • Uncertain

 

 

2)      What do you expect (or want) RMRT to do for you as a retiree or pre-retired library staff member?

  • Since I'm not doing anything, it doesn't seem fair to have expectations.
  • I am intrigued by the opportunities for group travel.
  • I would hope that RMRT would help me find a meaningful place in the library world when I can no longer play a significant role in the library from which I retired and, frankly, don't care for the technological rather than people focus of many public libraries. Where do I fit?
  • I am a new retiree, but I won't always be. I would like RMRT to provide a "home" where I could still be useful and have the opportunity to meet and interact with new people who share my retiree status. I also would like to see "emeritus" members of ALA find a way to participate more actively in the planning activities of the Association. We have much to offer and grazing pastures does not sound interesting. Perhaps we might help with oral histories or research as well.
  • Meet at ALA. Meet virtually online from time to time. Sponsor trips. Keep up the blog.
  • Counseling,provide opportunities, benefits, social interactions, continuing education informal
  • Provide information of interest
  • Be a presence at ala
  • I liked the checklist being developed. Possible travel outside the US is appealing.
  • Retirement planning information, volunteer opportunities, social opportunities, travel opportunities
  • Keep on doing what it is doing: offering programs, trips, possibly special rates on things. I am not an AARP member (but probably will join when I retire so I would see what we could adapt and use from them.
  • Keep me connected to the profession and provide info And activities s relevant to retirees
  • Keep me up to date on issues affecting retired library workers. We may have retired from our jobs, but not the profession!
  • I'm looking forward to a cruise with Jennifer
  • keep me in the loop professionally and of trends

 

 

3)               Are your interests primarily directed to:

 

 

Personal Development                                                                         72.22%                  13  responses

 

Seminars and Workshops to keep up with the profession     72.22%                  13  responses

 

Travel--trips with fellow librarians                                                    72.22%                  13  responses

 

        Comments:  

  • Giving back to ALA and to the profession.

 

  • Organized volunteer opportunities

 

  • Financial

 

  • touch base with other retirees

 

 

4)             What programs, activities, and/or services would you like to see RMRT support and/or sponsor?

  • Want to see the group travel get off the ground.
  • I would like RMRT to be the RSVP of the library world, being a conduit for networking with other retirees, acting as a clearinghouse for libraries who want knowledgeable support, offering programs that summarize new trends in library service, so that the participant can decide what to pursue in more depth.
  • I like the ideas of offering our input to the Association, providing mentorship where appropriate, and being active. In the old days, the Junior Members Round Table started the index that morphed into Library Literature. Perhaps there is a research niche for us. At the same time, I would like to participate in fun activities and discussions. ALA Connect offers this possibility and several divisions, notably ALCTS.
  • No ideas here.
  • PT job info. Webinars t keep up with latet developments in profession.
  • Like the ones you have been doing
  • A project to encourage donation of funds to African libraries and librarians rather than spending lots of money to transport books and materials. Encourage local publishing industries to flourish as well as African authors and illustrators.
  • Volunteer opportunities that take advantage of our professional training and experience
  • Tripis; personal development and ways to advocate for libraries.a nd ways to advocate for libraries.
  • I wonder if we could make mentoring easier? I started to be a mentor for YALSA and I swear I needed a police check
  • travel, programs at ALA and Mid-winter, author talks
  • Trip to Taos

 

5)            Are you interested in consulting and/or part-time employment and would you like RMRT to provide an avenue for job leads, tips, etc.?

  • That sounds like a great idea, although I don't think I would avail myself.
  • No.
  • I can't say that I'd want a paid position, but I would like to volunteer in some more meaningful way than labeling envelopes for mailing, as important as that might be for programs and fundraising. If RMRT is providing an avenue for employment it can easily tack on a volunteer component. The RSVP in my area is not active in connecting libraries and potential professional support.
  • Yes, I am interested in consulting or helping in some part-time way. An avenue for job leads would be lovely.
  • I am not, but I think it is a good idea.
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Good idea
  • foreign exchanges
  • Yes
  • Yes or connect with existing ALA consulting groups. I think there is a LLAMA discussion group
  • I don't know yet but it would be good to know that there was an avenue in RMRT. I trust its members and charter organizers.
  • I'm not interested, but RMRT should provide information on job leads. One workshop we might consider making available is the nuts and bolts of consulting - how to determine fees, tax problems, special equipment needed, working from home vs. working on-site.
  • nope
  • Thanks, voice over/talent work only

 

6)       Which workshops, seminars, etc. are you interested in for upgrading your technical skills for personal and/or professional use

  • My local community college provides a lot of workshops that help me keep up with my technical skills.
  • I think that many of the divisions provide such seminars, but we might want to work with them to adapt these to us. I would like to see us partner with LITA for things like blogging as well as web design. Could RMRT do a technical buddy system project, perhaps with newer librarians?
  • All
  • Social mediA
  • See previous response.
  • How to add technology and where to learn what I might need.
  • social media
  • no

 

 

7)      RMRT is represented in ALA with other small round tables by a Councilor. What concerns do you recommend RMRT forward to that Councilor?

  • Having continued to read AMERICAN LIBRARIES and the weekly e-newletter, having been sent surveys in the past, I note that everything is addressed, worded and geared to the still-practicing librarian. I would like our Councilor to advocate for ALA to recognize RMRT as a significant outreach group to keep present members involved after they retired to maintain membership in the Organization and not just see RMRT as a bunch of old librarians.
  • I think we have the same concerns as other groups in ALA. ALA needs to be more accessible for all types of members. When ALA is streamlined (and I am sure it will be), retired members should also be considered. We are a growing population in ALA and it would be bad for ALA to lose us; we have lots to share.
  • Don't know
  • Move awY from the. Nonproductive social issues (endless) debates and address pertinent library issues
  • Small RT Councilors will need to represent the issues facing the individual RTs. The concerns RMRT members have may be different from those of other small units. I think the most pressing for RMRT is to work with the Membership Office to enable Continuing Members to renew RT (and division) memberships online.
  • Cost effective ways to attend in person ALA Conferences; ways to advocate for libraries and for seniors; the human element in a technology driven workplace and world.
  • nothing occurs to me
  • That we are an experienced voice with much to offer. Don't forget about us as an important ALA component just because we no longer report to a job daily.

 

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Discussion Contribute to "Summer Slide" Resource List

by Ann Marie Pipkin on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 03:28 pm

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

“Summer Slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens over the summer, can set students back a full month.  Keeping students reading and engaged in learning activities year round can be a challenge, which is why the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation would love to hear from you!

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

“Summer Slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens over the summer, can set students back a full month.  Keeping students reading and engaged in learning activities year round can be a challenge, which is why the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation would love to hear from you!

Have you created a program to help combat “Summer Slide” in your school or library?  Has your organization found a way to bridge the gap between school years by working with other organizations to support kids over the summer?  Do you have ideas for programs, resources, or best practices that might successfully slow the “Summer Slide” for youth of all ages?

If so, please contribute to our resource list!  

The AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation is a unique committee that includes members from all three ALA divisions.  Each year the committee is charged with compiling resources around a theme and making those resources available in a variety of ways including print and electronic publications.  

If you would like to contribute your program or idea (or have questions about the committee or our projects) please send an email to committee chair Julie Bartel at julietbartel@gmail.com (note the middle “t”!) with answers to the questions below.  You can also send your contribution in any format (links, articles, blog posts, podcasts, etc.) to the same address.  Contributions will be included in our resources list, and may be included in one of our print or electronic publications.  Please make sure to include contact info so the committee can get in touch with follow up questions and publication details.  

Thank you so much for your ingenuity, dedication, and support!  

YOUR NAME, TITLE, & ORGANIZATION
(as you would like it displayed for attribution)

PROGRAM, RESOURCE, OR IDEA DESCRIPTION
(please be as specific as possible)

ASSESSMENT
(lessons learned, outcomes, feedback received etc.)

CONTACT INFO & PREFERENCE
(email, phone, postal address)

MAY WE INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFO ON THE WEBSITE? Y/N

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Discussion Horrocks Award application process

by James Rettig on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 09:14 am

Information about the Horrocks award and a link to information about how to apply are posted at http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/norman-horrocks-scarecrow-press-annual-conference-award and  http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/31076/apply.  The "how to apply" information does not provide a deadline for submitting applications.

Information about the Horrocks award and a link to information about how to apply are posted at http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/norman-horrocks-scarecrow-press-annual-conference-award and  http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/31076/apply.  The "how to apply" information does not provide a deadline for submitting applications.

But there is nothing about the 2013 award at the RMRT Web site (http://www.ala.org/rmrt/).

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