Major Actions of the ALSC Board - Voted on Electronically

Below are major actions voted on by the ALSC Board on ALA Connect, including in parentheses the month during which the Board voted.

2014

Elected, Lisa Von Drasek to fill the position of ALSC Councilor, vacated by the general election of Andrew Medlar as 2014-2015 ALSC Vice-President/President-Elect, for the remaining one year of the term. (May 2014)
 
Approved, the Memorial Resolution in honor of Eliza Dresang (May 2014)
 
Agreed, to a partnership with Chipotle, as proposed, in support of summer and winter reading. (April 2014)
 
Adopted, a white paper, The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children, by Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D. (April 2014)
 
Approved, a recommendation, as amended to provide clarity, from the Organizations and Bylaws Committee to appoint an Awards priority group consultant (Priority Group V) annually to ensure thorough training and consistent support for awards committees. (March 2014)
 
Approved, a letter of support to Queens (NY) Library for their IMLS National Leadership-National Forum Grant proposal to hold a symposium on Early Childhood Education in Urban Libraries.  (February 2014)

2013

Approved, a request for a letter of support for the Access, Content & Engagement: Media Mentors @ Your Library! grant proposal (November 2013)
 
Approved, the Emerging Leaders proposal--Count It Up: Advocating for Access with the Youth Library Services Calculator. (September 2013)
 
Approved, providing a letter of support for the Space Science Institute in their bid to the National Science Foundation for support to coordinate a national conference about STEM programming in libraries. (September 2013)
 
Selected, Robyn Mutnick as nominee to represent ALSC/ALA on the USBBY Board. (September 2013)
 
Approved, a request for partnership from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). (May 2013)

Approved, revisions to the Selection Criteria for Great Websites for Kids (GWS) as submitted, with the following change: the sentence, “We will be selective in choosing sites that offer reviews from other sources for any type of media.” is modified to read: “We will be selective in choosing sites that offer reviews from other sources for any type of media. Sites must be consistent with the Library Bill of Rights.” (May 2013)

Approved, changes to the membership statement of the Budget Committee to read:    “Six members plus chair.  The chair is appointed for two years, with the option to be reappointed, from among members with Board or Budget Committee experience and familiarity and interest in fiscal management.”  “The committee will consist of the Chair, three Members-at-Large, the Fiscal Officer, and the Past President. The Executive Director and Vice President are ex-officio members.” (May 2013)

Approved, providing a letter of support for the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s proposal for a grant to the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). (March 2013)

2012

Approved, ALSC’s Emerging Leaders Project Proposal: Get-to-Know ALSC Roadshow. (September 2012)
 
Accepted, an ALSC letter of support for an IMLS grant project proposed by Dominican University-GSLIS. (September 2012)
 
Approved, the adoption of the white paper, “The Importance of Play, Particularly Constructive Play, in Public Library Programming," to post on the ALSC website, and distribute in conjunction with the partnership between ALSC and LEGO DUPLO. (September 2012)
 
Approved, the addition of the word “annually” to appendix IV on the bottom of page 4 of the Belpre Memoradum of Understanding (MOU). (March 2012)

Approved, the change to the membership statement of the Scholarships: Melcher and Bound to Stay Bound Committee to:

“Chair plus five members (6 total).  At least one committee member shall be a library school  faculty member. All members of committee are virtual. An ALSC Program Officer serves as  staff liaison.”  (March 2012)

Approved, the change to the membership statement of the Grants Administration Committee to:

“Chair plus eight members (9 total).  All members of the committee are virtual.” (March 2012)

Approved, Twitter guidelines as presented. (March 2012)

Approved, support of the Franklin Institute’s NSF implementation grant proposal, "LEAP into Science: Understanding and Building Partnerships for Informal Science and Literacy" by providing a representative to the grant advisory board. (January 2012)

2011

Approved, the recommendations from the Organization and Bylaws Committee (O&B) regarding the merge of the (Andrew) Carnegie Medal Committee and Notable Children’s Videos Committee.

Name: (Andrew) Carnegie Medal/Notable Children’s Videos Committee

Function Statement: To select, annotate, and present for publication annually a list of notable videos of interest to children, available for use in homes and libraries, produced in the two calendar years prior to the date of their selection. Additionally, the committee will select the most distinguished American video for children, in accordance with the terms, definitions, and criteria governing the Carnegie Medal Award. (Amended by the Board.)

Composition: Chair, plus eight   (May 2011) 

2010

Approved, a letter of support from ALSC for KQED Public Media's application for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Pathways Grant. The KQED project is a library toolkit, The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library for Science. (December 2010)

Approved, the definition of the "New to ALSC Director" position as "a candidate who will normally have been an ALSC member for 2-7 yeas." If the motion is approved by the membership, this information will be incorporated into the Slate Development Memo sent to the ALSC Nominating Committee. In addition, two candidates for the "New to ALSC" Director slot will appear on the spring 2012 ballot. (November 2010)

Approved, the 2011 ALSC Emerging Leaders project proposal (ALSC Project 2011 update.docx), an outreach program to increase ALSC's visibility and attract potential new members, focusing on increased ALSC presence at state library association conferences and more effective use of online resources to engage members and attract new ones. (August 2010)

VOTED, to approve O&B's motion on the language to appear on the 2010 ALSC ballot, changing the wording in Bylaws Article II. Object from “…library service to children from preschool through…” to “…library service to children from birth through….” (January 2010)

VOTED, to approve O&B's motion on the language to appear on the 2010 ALSC ballot, changing the wording in Bylaws Article II. Object  from “through the eighth grade of junior high school age” to “through and including age 13” (January 2010)

VOTED, to direct the Organization and Bylaws Committee to craft a proposed bylaw change to state that no individual may serve on the Batchelder Award, Caldecott Award, Geisel Award, Newbery Award, Sibert Award, Wilder Award, or Notable Children’s Books Committees more often than once every four years. The four year period shall begin from the last year of the term of service regardless of length of term.  This guideline will not apply to the selection of nominees for Chair. This guideline will not apply to ALSC’s other joint award committees. (The language O&B created was not discussed and voted on in time to appear on the 2010 spring ballot for membership vote, and action upon O&B's motion will take place at the 2010 Annual Conference.) (January 2010)

2009

VOTED, to approve a resolution honoring long-time ALSC member Effie Lee Morris. (October 2009)

VOTED, to accept the Organization and Bylaws Committee's motion to integrate the ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Prpgram Grant Committee, Hayes Award Selection Committee, Penguin Young Readers Group Award Selection Committee, and Bookapalooza program into one body called the Grant Administration Committee with new membership and function statements. (May 2009)

VOTED, to move the Oral History Committee to Priority Group IV: Organizational Support and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee to Priority Group VIII: Professional Development, and to dissolve Priority Group V: Projects & Research. (Current Priority Groups 6-8 will be re-numbered as 5-7.) (May 2009)

VOTED, to accept the Organization and Bylaws Committee's proposed, new Name and Function Statement integrating the Bechtel Fellowship and National Planning of Special Collections Committees. (May 2009)

VOTED, that the membership statement for the Oral History Committee be amended to read: "Chair, plus 8, two of whom may function virtually and are not required to attend conferences." (March 2009)

VOTED, to co-sponsor in name only the Library Leadership and Management Association's (LLAMA) 2009 Annual Conference program, "Partnering with Service Organizations," Saturday, July 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (February 2009)

VOTED, to approve the Presidential nomination of Starr LaTronica to assume the remainder of the Board term vacated by Thom Barthelmess' election as ALSC Vice-President. (February 2009)

VOTED, to include on the spring 2009 ballot a Bylaw change to limit frequency of service on the Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, and Notable Children's Books Committees to not more than once in four years; not to apply to chair positions. (February 2009) (The bylaw change was adopted by ALSC membership vote during the 2009 ALA election.)

2008

VOTED, to approve a new Policy for Service on the Odyssey Award Committee, drafted jointly by ALSC and YALSA. (The YALSA Board has also approved this policy.) (November 2008)

VOTED, to co-sponsor in name only a GLBTRT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table) program at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on censorship of picture books that include homosexual content. (September 2008)

VOTED, to adopt the Policy for Service on ALSC Media Evaluation Committees. (September 2008)

VOTED, to approve funding of the Education Committee's proposed "ALSC Core Competencies Brochure" project in the full amount of $1,500 from the Children's Library Services Endowment, to be applied to the FY09 budget and expended by August 31, 2009. (August 2008)

VOTED, to approve the nomination of Betsy Orsburn to fill out a three-year Board term that was vacant due to a resignation. (July 2008)

VOTED, that ALSC continue as the national home of Dia, that implementation of Dia be added to the existing ALSC strategic plan as a strategy under the "Advocacy" goal area, and that staff will work with existing member groups, such as the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee, the ALSC Liaisons to National Organizations Serving Children and Youth Committee, and the ALSC Public Awareness Committee, to continue to implement the initiative. (March 2008)

VOTED, to co-sponsor in name only the following programs at the September 2008 REFORMA National Conference: Children of Undocumented Parents and Their Right to Information; The Bilingual Child: Libraries Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children; Noche de Cuentos @ the border;  Reflections of the Americas: Visual and Textual Representations of Latino Cultures in Américas and Pura Belpré Award-winning Picturebooks; Connecting Cultures and Celebrating Cuentos: Highlighting Three Latino Children's Literature Awards; and Puentes de la Comunidad: Understanding and Bridging the Gaps between South Carolina's Latinos, Libraries, and Legislators. (March 2008)

VOTED, to approve the ALSC-L electronic discussion list revised policy. (February 2008)

VOTED, to place two bylaws changes on the 2008 ALSC ballot: one, to enable members to serve more than one time on the Nominating Committee; two, to stipulate that chairs of the Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert, and Wilder Award Selection Committees be appointed rather than elected, with an increase of one elected committee member and decrease of one appointed committee member to balance out this change to an appointed chair, and to include Wilder among the committees with members who are elected as well as appointed. (January 2008) (Both bylaws changes were adopted by ALSC membership vote during the 2008 ALA election.)

2007

VOTED, to fund the School Age Programs and Services Committee's proposed "Great Elementary School Reads" booklist project in the full amount of $1,500 from the Children's Library Services Endowment, to be applied to the FY08 budget and expended by August 31, 2008. (November 2007)

VOTED, to approve the revised Policy for Service on the Arbuthnot Selection Committee. (October 2007)

VOTED, to approve the revised Policy for Service on the Wilder Selection Committee. (October 2007)

VOTED, to approve the revised Policy for Service on the Carnegie Selection Committee to make it consistent with the existing book award policies. (October 2007)

VOTED, to co-sponsor, in name only, the REFORMA program "Bilingual Mind"at the ALA 2008 Annual Conference. (July 2007)

VOTED, to fund the Great Interactive Software for Kids Committee's Special Funds Application request in the maximum amount of $800 from the Children's Library Services Endowment, to be applied to the FY07 budget and expended by August 31, 2007, to provide a logo and seal for this committee. (June 2007)

VOTED, to revise the Geisel Award Selection Committee function statement to read: "To select from the books published the preceding year within the terms, definitions, and criteria governing the awards, the most distinguished American book for beginning readers." (April 2007)

VOTED, to change the Children and Technology Committee's membership statement to make two of the nine committee members virtual participants, who are not required to attend conferences. (February 2007)

VOTED, to decrease the membership of the Budget Committee by one member, removing the “a Board representative (chosen by the Board)” section. The new membership statement reads: “Four members plus chair. The chair is appointed for two years, with the option to be reappointed, from among members with Board or Budget Committee experience and familiarity and interest in fiscal management. The committee will consist of the chair, two members-at-large, the fiscal officer, and the past president. The executive director and vice president are ex-officio members.” (February 2007)

VOTED, a) to change the name of the Notable Computer Software for Children Committee to Great Interactive Software for Kids; and b) to change the committee’s function statement to: “To select, annotate, and present for publication, within the criteria and procedures established for selection, a biannual list of exemplary computer software and multi-platform media currently available. To define and develop guidelines and criteria for the evaluation of interactive software and electronic media.” (February 2007)

VOTED, to accept the Final Draft of the Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality policy. (February 2007)

2006

VOTED, to eliminate the following phrase from the function statement of the Notable Children's Video Committee: "to implement the Video Recommendation Policy and Procedures." (November 2006)

VOTED, to eliminate the following phrase from the charge of the Odyssey Award: "during the preceding year." (November 2006)

VOTED, to co-sponsor in name only the Public Library Assocation (PLA)/Audio Publishers Association (APA) Tea in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2007, and to provide input on the speaker list for this event. For the record: Several Board members expressed concern over the fact that the event is ticketed with a fee to attend. Additionally, some Board members have asked for an exploration into whether or not ALSC needs a policy regarding co-sponsorship (in name only) of programs for which the partner organization is charging a registration fee. (August 2006)

VOTED, to add the following to the description of the Maureen Hayes Award Committee:

Function statement: To select annually the recipient of the Maureen Hayes Award, given to an ALSC member library to fund a visit from an author and/or illustrator who will speak to children who have never before had the opportunity to hear a nationally known author or illustrator. To prepare and disseminate to the membership information about the award and about the recipient.
Membership: Chair + 4
Term: Spring, 2 year   (August 2006)

VOTED, to change the Maureen Hayes Award ad hoc committee to a standing committee effective at the end of Midwinter 2008. (August 2006)

VOTED, to co-sponsor with PLA "ALPH: The Digital Book as a Social Stage," at Annual Conference 2007. (July 2006)

VOTED, to include the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner and honor books automatically on the list of books created by the Notable Children's Books Committee, starting with the first award in 2006. (January 2006)

VOTED, to adopt the strategic plan (2006-2011) as revised on 1/13/06. (January 2006)

2005

VOTED, to co-sponsor in name only a program on Best Practices for Library Accessibility and Universal Design to be presented by ASCLA at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. (May 2005)

VOTED, to accept Vice-President/President-Elect Ellen Fader's 2006 Nomination Committee slate. (February 2005)

VOTED, to direct the ALSC @ your library Campaign Task Force to focus on some aspect of library service to school aged children in the development of the ALSC campaign. (January 2005)

VOTED, to accept the publication proposal for a Belpré Award ten-year compilation book to be co-published with ALA Editions. (January 2005)

2004

VOTED, to become a sponsor of the Major League Baseball @ your library advocacy campaign. (December 2004)

VOTED, to co-sponsor in name only a program to be presented at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago by PLA's Basic Education and Literacy Resources and Services Committee. (May 2004)

VOTED, to revise the charge of the Geisel Award committee to read: "To select author(s) and illustrator(s) of a beginning reader book who demonstrate great creativity and imagination in his/her/their literary and artistic achievements to engage children in reading. (April 2004)

VOTED, to approve the Equity of Access statement prepared by board members Judy O'Malley and Molly Kinney. (April 2004)

VOTED, not to require the Baldwin Curator to serve ex officio on the Bechtel Committee. (April 2004)

VOTED, to maintain the Bechtel criterion that applicants must be ALSC members. (April 2004)

VOTED, to approve the Children and Libraries Policies and Procedures document. (April 2004)

VOTED, to invite REFORMA to appoint a Spanish-speaking member to serve a two-year term on ALSC's Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) Committee for the purpose of evaluating the existing Web sites on "Lugares en español para niños" on the GWS site and evaluating new Spanish-language Web sites for inclusion on this Spanish-language page of GWS. This term will begin immediately upon appointment and will end December 31, 2005. (March 2004)

VOTED, to add the term "in English" and the definition ("in English" means that the committee considers only books published in English. This requirement DOES NOT limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context.") to the Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert, and Wilder manuals. (March 2004)

VOTED, to increase the honorarium for the Arbuthnot lecturer from $750 to $1,000 effective immediately. (February 2004)

VOTED, to add the following statement to the Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members:

5. To select, when a vacancy exists, an interim ALA/ALSC Councilor, and to inform the secretary of ALA Council in advance of the interim Councilor's first meeting. (January 2004)

2003

VOTED, beginning with 2004, to include the Sibert medal and honor books, and the Belpré medal and honor books with a copyright date of the previous year, on the annual Notable Children's Book List. (November 2003)

VOTED, to approve the charge for the Children's Collection Management in Public Libraries Discussion Group: To provide a forum for the discussion of common issues and concerns in children's collection development and maintenance. (September 2003)

VOTED, to establish a discussion group, “Children’s Collection Management in Public Libraries,” membership to be open to all who wish to attend, per Division policy on discussion groups. (August 2003)

VOTED, to approve the FY 2004 Budget Proposal. (August 2003)

VOTED, to make a second contribution in the amount of $37,500 in support of the PLA/ALSC Early Literacy Initiative. (August 2003)

VOTED, to rescind the previous Board action making e-books eligible for ALSC awards. (July 2003)

VOTED, that the Editor of the ALSC Journal, Children and Libraries, serve as an ex-officio member of the Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee, and that the Chair of the committee be appointed from among the other committee members. (July 2003)

VOTED, that a task force be appointed to explore an ALSC award for public figures who are strong advocates of children's reading and library service. (July 2003)