Major Actions of the ALSC Board

At the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, the ALSC Board:

Approved, a memorial resolution honoring Virginia Mathews.

Approved, the “Resolution on Out of School Library Programs,” and asked ALSC Councilor Rhonda Puntney to vote for it.

Referred, the Caldecott 75th Anniversary Action Plan to the ALSC Budget Committee to develop a budget for the 75th Caldecott Award anniversary celebration.

Approved, in concept, a mentoring program as ALSC’s theme for the 2011-2012 ALA Emerging Leader program.

Approved, the Every Child Ready to Read Task Force recommendations.

Approved, the use of Twitter to stimulate dialogue amongst ALSC membership regarding issues related to digital media.

Adopted, the ALSC Strategic Plan, 2012-2017.

Approved, a new committee name:  Great Websites Committee (formerly Great Web sites Committee).

Approved, the cycle of the “New to ALSC” director position to begin with the 2013 Nominating Committee. This committee will recommend language for Bylaw X, Sec. 2. In addition, the committee will capture the intent of the “New to ALSC” director position for future Nominating Committees to use when selecting candidates for the position.

Approved, the consent agenda, as amended, for 2011 ALA Annual Conference.

Directed, the ALSC President to work with the YALSA President to establish an interdivisional Odyssey Award Manual Task Force that will work between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Accepted, the Memorandum of Understanding between ALSC and REFORMA regarding the Pura Belpré Award.

Approved, the Policies for Service on Award Committees, Media Evaluation Committees, and Wilder Award Committee.

Accepted, a plan to recognize ALSC members with 25 years of service with a letter from the president, ribbons available at conferences, and annual recognition at the Membership Meeting and in the ALSC newsletter.

Rejected, all of Recommendation #1 in the Banquet Pricing Task Force Report, and asked ALSC staff to explore other opportunities to promote honor winners.

Approved, the appointment of a steering committee to oversee the Caldecott Award 75th Anniversary celebration.

Accepted, the following recommendations of the Caldecott Award 75th Anniversary Task Force: provide a series of webinars, including one free webinar; create a photo gallery to live online; offer a program at the 2012 ALSC Institute; dedicate an issue of Children and Libraries to the 75th Anniversary celebration; investigate the feasibility of video streaming the 2013 Newbery/Caldecott/Wilder Banquet; extend social media opportunities and any other no-cost ideas generated by the Caldecott Award 75th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee.

Accepted, the 2012 Annual Conference program schedule as presented.

Approved, the 2012 preliminary proposed budget presented by the Budget Committee, including the following additional recommendations: defer use of the Carole D. Fiore Endowment until the fund generates $1,000 annually (minus bank fees); use the Children’s Library Services Endowment funds for the Great Websites for Kids redesign; and initiate a membership dues review.

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