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2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting – Illinois Chapter Councilor Report

February 6th, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

9:00 am – Information Session

Candidates for President Elect:

  • Kenton Oliver, Executive Director, Stark County Dist Library, Ohio
  • Roberta Stevens, Outreach Projects & Partnerships Officer, LC, Washington DC

Illinois Candidates for Councilor at Large:

  • Nanette Donohue, Tech Services Manager, Champaign PL
  • Tracie Hall, Principal Consultant, The GoodSeed Group, Chicago
  • Gail Tobin, Branch Coordinator, Hanover Park Branch, Schaumburg TDL
  • Patricia Hogan, Director, Poplar Creek Library, Streamwood
  • Nann Blaine Hilyard, Director, Zion-Benton PL
  • Al Kagen, U of I African Studies Library, U of I

Voting occurs March 17 – April 24 – completely online (although print ballots are available by request if no Internet access or disability).  Election results will be announced May 1st.

We previewed a cool video on “Being a Councilor.”  This will be on both You Tube and the ALA Web site.

10:00 am – APA Information Session

LSSCP (Library Support Staff Certification Program) – Nancy Bolt reported that it will be taken to ALA- APA Ex Board at the upcoming annual conference.  Expect to begin accepting candidates January 2, 2010.

10:45 am – Council I

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/advocacyuniversity/additup/index.cfm

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/advocacyuniversity/toolkit/index.cfm

Keith M. Fiels – oral report on council transparency.  Governance office currently in process of working with several folks to attempt to develop a master matrix with the costs associated with increased access and electronic participation.  1st draft expected to be ready to discuss with BARC in May in order to be shared with council at the Annual meeting.  Looking at ways to make records of proceedings more widely available.

Monday, January 26, 2009

10:15 am – APA Council

The APA is being restructured to be more integrated in ALA budgetarily.

Standing Committee on the Salaries & Status of Library Workers

  • Fair Pay Act
  • Paycheck Fairness Act

When at annual in Chicago, 2 resolutions will come forward: 1) overtime pay, and 2) outsourcing.

Also at annual, a popular program that was presented in Anaheim will be presented again: Toot Your Horn: Image Building with Donna Cardillo.

1:30 pm – Chapter Relations Committee II

ALA representatives would like to appear at Chapter conferences to hold an ALA forum to assist in formulating “the foci of the next ALA strategic plan.”  I have emailed Dan and Sharon Wiseman, conference co-chairs requesting they respond to Michael Dowling (ALA Chapter Relations) regarding this request.

Aside: Nann Blaine Hilyard suggested that ILSDO put together some type of practical resource for libraries to respond to the Consumer Protection Safety Act.  Emily Sheketoff from the Washington Office suggests not to do anything (other than call those folks in DC – both the acting chair and Tom Moore) regarding books – she strongly expects that library books will be exempted from the Act.  The Act impacts anybody with any product (owned or produced) created for a child under 12.  (see below for a further development on this topic)

April 14th is National Library Workers Day.

The Stimulus – America Recovery Reinvestment Act – is $79 Billion total.  Of that amount, approximately $30 billion will be available to be spent at the discretion of Governors.  Need to lobby for $ coming to the state – probably need to contact Lt Gov Pat Quinn to get him on board now.  Look at what happened in Milwaukee where the mayor kept the public library in $ with police & fire when every other department received a 20% cut.  Mayor stated that the public library is the safety net for the community.

FY2009 Fed budget ready to be passed any day now.  More for LSTA & school improvement.  Obama is interested in the SKILLS Act.

E-government becoming more important.  Public & community college libraries will be called upon for this effort.  Wash Office is producing a tool kit to support the libraries.  Looking for local governments to partner with local libraries.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

9:15 am – Council II

Pat Hogan, Poplar Creek, Streamwood Illinois was elected to the Executive Board.

Major discussion (both council 2 & 3) revolved around electronic member participation; see more at: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/governance/council/councilcommittees/tfoemp.cfm

Pat Hogan asked if I would initiate a memorial resolution about Jane Shaw for Annual conference.  I agreed to do so.

1:30 Chapter Forum

Chapter councilors are interested in a hosted event/reception in Chicago at annual, open to all councilors not only chapter councilors.  Money collected above what is needed to cover the costs of the event will be donated to the ALA-APA.  Tina will follow up with ILA Chicago office staff to see what kind of venues might be available, and what arrangements might be able to be made.

Discussion revolved around communications – especially when new chapter councilors come on board.  Several documents regarding chapter councilors were handed out.  I will share these with the new chapter councilor when that person has been elected.

6:00 Chapter Councilors Reception – Denver Public Library

The Denver Chapter Councilor made arrangements for a small catered event for chapter councilors.  Councilors paid $25.00 to cover food costs as well as a donation to the Spectrum Scholarship fund.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

8:00 am – Council III

Mention was made that lead and books is being put on hold by the commission while they investigate the issue.  There is no action required of libraries at this time.

All council related information can and, if not already there, will be able to be accessed at http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/governance/council/index.cfm

Additional interesting information:

Freedom to Read Foundation will have a 40th anniversary celebration on Sunday July 12 in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago see www.ftrf.org/ftrfgala for more information.

Talking Library Value to local government and schools: http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/cro/chapters/valueoflibraries/talkinglibraryvalue.cfm

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