Karen,We are so glad that many members are asking difficult questions because we have some tough decisions facing our association. Council and the Executive Board, in consultation with members including division and round table leaders, have to face some financial realities. As BARC Chair and Treasurer, it is our responsibility to analyze decisions for financial impact and to provide data and information for Council, Executive Board, and the Conference Committee to make those difficult decisions.So you are correct in that "all money is green" regardless of source. So if we eliminated Midwinter, directed those energies to other activities, then we need to consider the total financial impact and what we might eliminate, do differently, or alter.
Here are some realities -
We have to make some difficult decisions - what should our conferences look like, how do we conduct the business of our association realizing the significant contributions of our volunteer members, how should the association be organized, and we love your first question - if we were designing ALA today, what would we look like and how would we work? And how do we move from today's model to a new model yet hopefully maintain the revenues we need for some core advocacy and professional development activities? You are correct that there are no easy answers but we know one easy answer – to do nothing is not sustainable. We are appreciate the ongoing work of the Conference Committee who is looking at conference options and the Executive Board in examining operations and revenue enhancements. We will continue to provide financial information to assist Council and the Executive Board in determining options and a path forward.Two notes referred to in the discussion:"Business unit" refers to those central ALA services such as publishing and conferences.IDC Rate determination: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/mleader/budget/indirectcostcalculation
Maggie Farrell, BARC Chair and Susan Hildreth, ALA Treasurer
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