Major Actions of the ALSC Board

At the 2002 Annual Conference in Atlanta, June 13-19, the ALSC Board:

  • Approved the Midwinter 2002 Meeting Minutes
  • Endorsed the following resolution in honor of Robert L. Sibert:

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert comes from a distinguished family that has made significant contributions to establishing standards for book binding, and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert understands the importance of quality literature for children, and;
    Whereas Robert L. Sibert is President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc., and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert is a Library Champion, and he and his company have made significant contributions to the American Library Association, and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert has, through his generosity, supported the breakfast prior to the annual membership meeting of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) in 2001 and 2002, and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert was instrumental in funding the establishment of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award that was named in memory of his distinguished father, and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert has supported the training of men and women who intend to pursue a Masters degree in Library Science or advanced degree, and who plan to work in the area of library service to children, through his support of the Bound to Stay Bound Scholarship program administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert has increased the number of scholarships to be awarded annually, thus allowing four scholarships awarded in 2002, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded to thirty-nine (39), and;

    Whereas Robert L. Sibert is a true friend and supporter of children and children’s librarians;

    Therefore, be it resolved that Robert L. Sibert is recognized for his significant contributions and his ongoing support and assistance to and advocacy for the profession of children’s librarianship, and the Association for Library Service to Children.

  • Endorsed the following Memorial Resolution in Honor of Zena Sutherland:

    Whereas Zena Sutherland was highly regarded in the field of children’s books, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland has been a friend and mentor to numerous librarians, book reviewers, educators, editors, publishers, and others in the library and publishing fields, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland was editor of and reviewer for the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books from 1958 through 1985, where she wrote over 30,000 reviews, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland wrote the monthly “Books for Young People” column for the Saturday Review from 1966 to 1972, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland was children’s book editor and reviewer for the Chicago Tribune from 1972 to 1984, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland served as a professor at the University of Chicago’s Graduate Library School from 1972 through 1986 and taught numerous practicing children’s librarinas and current children’s book editors, and received the 1998 Norman Maclean Faculty Award for her teaching, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland is most widely known as the author of five editions of Children and Books, a textbook that has had an immense impact in the field, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland was an active member of the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, and served on award committees including both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland was one of the first recipients of the ALSC Distinguished Service Award, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland was an Arbuthnot Lecturer for ALSC and has a lecture series at the University of Chicago named in her honor, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland served on numerous book award juries including the National Book Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction of which she was the founder and the permanent chair, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland’s reviewing, writing, and teaching showed her intelligence, wit, and commitment to high standards for book evaluation, a commonsense attitude about reading, and her firm respect for the child, and;

    Whereas Zena Sutherland never wavered from the desire of bringing children and the best books together,

    Now therefore be it resolved that the more than 3,500 members of the Association for Library Service to Children mourn the death of Zena Sutherland on June 12, 2002, and celebrate her life and pay tribute to the memory of Zena Sutherland for her championship of children and books.

  • Voted to revive the Task Force to Revise the Division Leadership Manual, and to increase the membership to six. A draft manual is to be presented to the Board at Midwinter 2003, and a final revision is to be presented at Annual 2003.
  • Voted to direct the ALSC Division Councilor to support the Second Draft Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights on Privacy and the Q & A on Privacy and Confidentiality.
  • Voted to adopt the report and proposal of the PLA/ALSC Task Force on Early Literacy in principle; to commit $25,000 for the first year of funding; that the task force will present a revised budget and criteria for site inclusion by the fall Executive Committee meeting; that the ALSC staff be directed to work with the PLA staff to provide support, and that the task force seek grant funding for the second year.
  • Voted to approve the content of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee Manual, subject to final proofreading and editing by ALSC staff.
  • Voted to delete the last sentence of the Children and Technology Committee function statement: “To serve as consultants to the ALSC Board on Web sites and listservs and to suggest protocols for electronic communications and conduction of business by the ALSC Board and committee chairs.
  • Voted to revise the function statement of the Planning and Budget Committee to read:

    To advise the ALSC Executive Director in preparation of an annual budget based on the priorities established by the Board; to submit the budget to the ALSC Board for approval; to review for the ALSC Board division activities for fiscal implications; to review for the ALSC Board, on a regular basis, the dues structure and to prepare and submit to the ALSC Board periodic analysis of the finances of the division; to review annually at Midwinter Meeting the ALSC Goals and Objectives; to review ALSC’s fiscal relationship to ALA and other divisions and to act as liaisons for the ALSC Board to the Planning and Budget Assembly.

  • Voted to revise the function statement of the Publications Committee to read:

    To act as a clearinghouse for new ALSC publications in consultation with the ALSC Board of Directors; to solicit proposals from ALSC committees, discussion groups, and individual members for books and pamphlets/brochures dealing with children’s materials, services to children and children’s librarianship to serve the needs of ALSC members; to review all proposals submitted for consideration, to recommend revisions, to select, and then forward outstanding proposals to present to the ALSC Board; to prepare for Board considerations at timely intervals proposed changes in policies and guidelines for ALSC publications; to include with proposals design and marketing strategies as deemed necessary; to review previous publications regularly for accuracy, relevancy and currency, and to recommend they be maintained, revised/updated, or discontinued; to report biannually to the ALSC Board of Directors on the current status of the projects in progress or under consideration by the ALSC Publications Committee.

  • Voted to change the name and amend the function statement of the Library Service to Children with Special Needs Committee as follows:
    • To change the committee name to “Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers”
    • To amend the function statement to read:
      To speak for special population children and their caregivers; these may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. To offer leadership in discovering, developing, and disseminating information about library materials, programs and facilities for special population children and their caregivers; to develop and maintain guidelines for selection of useful and relevant materials; and to discuss, develop and suggests ways in which library education programs can prepare librarians to serve these children and their caregivers.
  • Voted to amend the authorization and membership of the Sibert Informational Book Award Selection Committee to read:

    Bylaws, Article V, Section 1, as a standing committee; Section 2 authorizes the constitution of the committee membership; Article IX, Section 2: Nomination Committee shall present at least ten (10) candidates for at least four (4) members-at-large to be elected to the Sibert Informational Book Award Selection Committee, designating a pair of two names on this slate of at least ten (10) candidates as nominees for the chair of the Sibert Informational Book Award Committee. The one of this pair receiving the majority vote from the membership shall become chairperson of the committee.

    Membership statement: A 9 member committee with at least five (5) elected at large, including the chair, and the remaining four (4) members appointed by the President.

  • Voted that no individual may serve on either Caldecott, Newbery, or Sibert Award Committees more often than once every five years. These guidelines will apply to Caldecott, Newbery, and Sibert Award Committees only, as these are where members are elected and books eligible are numerous. These guidelines will not apply to the selection of nominees for chair. These guidelines will not apply to other ALSC prestigious award committees.
  • Voted to approve the proposed FY 2003 Budget.
  • Appointed Carolyn Noah to a second term as Board Representative to the Planning and Budget Committee.
  • Voted to adopt the Member Communication plan and direct the staff and Executive Committee to oversee its implementation; to monitor and evaluate the plan and its implementation at Executive Committee meetings; and to report back to the Board at Midwinter and Annual Conference.
  • Voted on the recommendation of the Planning and Budget Committee, to authorize expenditures to implement the Member Communications Plan up to:
    • $12,000, a one-time expense, for a new graphic identity, including logo and publication templates;
    • $9,000 annually as a stipend for web/newsletter editor;
    • an additional $1,000 annually to bring the journal editor stipend to $6,000.
  • Voted on the recommendation of the Program Coordinating Committee, to approve the proposed 2003 Annual Conference programs.

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