Executive Board meeting
April 11, 2017 4:00--5:00 PM
View full meeting minutes here
Alison Barker, Old Rochester Regional High School, Co-Director Southeast Region
Amy Bloom, Wilson Middle School, Natick, Co-Director, Metrowest Region
Rachel Bouhanda, Billerica High School, Legislation
Karen Davidson-Heller, Malden Catholic High School, Boston Area Co-Director
Jennifer Dimmick, Newton South High School, Secretary
Deeth Ellis, Boston Latin School, Co-Director Boston Region
Sarah Forfa, South Hadley High School, Co-Director West Region
Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Advocacy Co-Chair
Laura Harrington, North Andover High School, Co-Director Northeast Region
Kathy Lowe, Executive Director
Laura Luker, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter, Hadley, Professional Learning
Ann Perham, Awards Co-Chair
Amy Short, Director for Library Media for Cambridge Public Schools, Awards Co-Chair
Katherine Steiger, Newton South High School, MSLA Forum Co-Editor
Carrie Tucker, East Bridgewater Junior Senior High School, President
Jen Varney, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Elementary School, Cambridge, Treasurer
Welcome, call to order, and approve reports and minutes of February meeting - Carrie Tucker
Amy Bloom moved to start the meeting, the motion was seconded and approved unanimously
Massachusetts School Library Study - Carrie Tucker
The board’s priority at the moment is to make sure the MA School Library Study gets into the hands of people who can do good with it. In particular, we need to push to get someone into the DESE representing school libraries.
Carrie Tucker indicated that there will need to be a committee convened to work with him.
Carrie Tucker shared that the public library response to the study results was very positive and supportive.
Deeth Ellis proposed that all the regions consider to only host events relating to study-based initiatives next year.
Long-range budget plan proposal - Jennifer Varney, Jennifer Dimmick, Katherine Steiger, Laura Gardner, Carrie Tucker
Based on findings from its recent survey of other state school library associations, the committee recommends raising MSLA dues by $10 for professionals and $5 for other categories, recognizing that these increases will still put us on low end of most states’ dues, according to the committee’s survey results. The committee proposes revisiting dues every 3 years.
The committee also recommends sending two Board members to national conferences moving forward instead of the customary 4-5.
MSLA conference wrap - Laura Luker, Ann Perham, Kathy Lowe
Laura Luker indicated that we made a profit. The committee reconvened to discuss 2019 conference. They are planning for same time of year. They are considering several possible venues. They are already thinking about speakers for next year. Thanks to all who helped and who presented. They are very pleased with the financial outcome, in part due to an increase in exhibitors.
Media Literacy event with MassCUE/WGBH - Sept. 13, 4:00-7:00 at EDCO in Bedford--Laura Luker
The committee is planning a collaboration between WGBH, MassCue and MSLA. This new event will be an after school event with the topic of fake news/media literacy.
Also want to remind people about SLJ Base Camp in early August, at Simmons in Boston, a conference focused on developing the next generation of library leaders. Deeth Ellis attended last year and indicates that it was excellent.
- Wednesday, June 13, 4 - 6 PM in-person at Westborough High School with virtual participation option