Massachusetts School Library Association Executive Board meeting January 15, 2019 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Virtual Meeting
Attending: Allison Barker, Co-Director Southeast Region Michael Caligiuri, Co-Director Central Region Jennifer Dimmick, Secretary Patsy Divver, Co-Director Metrowest Region Maria D’Orsi, Co-Director Metrowest Region Deeth Ellis, Advocacy Co-Chair Barb Fecteau, Co-Director Northeast Area Pat Fontes, Awards Christi Farrar, MLS Wendy Garland, Awards Alida Hanson, Professional Learning Emily Kristofek, Office Manager Laura Luker, President April Mazza, MLSG Greg Pronevitz, Director of Outreach Claudia Palframan, Co-Director West Region Reba Tierney, Forum Co-Editor Carrie Tucker, Past President Pamela Vallee, Co-Director Central Region Morgan VanCleef, Co-Director Boston Region Jen Varney, Treasurer Alex Woznick, Professional Learning
Reports and minutes of November meeting were approved.
Advocacy report --- Greg Pronevitz, Deeth Ellis, and/or Georgina Trebbe Deeth, Greg and Georgina are presenting at the MSLA conference about advocacy. The team is working on creating an opportunity for attendees to be able to participate in the action plan during the conference, which is a few days before legislative day, by contacting their legislators. They are investigating software options with MLS. The team is also arranging group meetings with legislators on legislative day, including virtual participation options with a few key legislators, so look out for a request to participate/call in. Keep an eye out for legislative breakfast dates and try to attend; tell Greg Pronevitz if you can make it so he can try to get you on the agenda. Planning breakfasts in Dorchester and Dennis/Yarmouth.
The advocacy materials hosted on the Salem State LibGuide ( the “Self Assessment tool” and/or the customizable slideshow to compare a district to study’s findings) haven’t gotten much traffic, so the team is trying to encourage more use and outreach. Deeth Ellis will be meeting with Sue Doherty from MTA about how to conduct a census of school librarians in the state. More to come.
The MSLA Board has endorsed the MBLC legislative agenda publicly.
MLS Update -- April Mazza Peabody Institute in Danvers hosting a legislative brunch on February 28th 10 AM, and Senator Joan B. Lovely will attend Because of generous funding with previous budget MLS was able to purchase new databases: 3 from Proquest plus Gale Research in Context and Gale Opposing Viewpoints. While MLS recognizes that schools want more early education products, this budget needed to be spent with Gale and Proquest this year. Staffing changes: Scott Kehoe has been promoted to Library Resources Director (continuing his role with MassCAT),Amanda Fauver has been promoted to Membership and BiblioTemps Manager, andSarah Donnelly has been promoted to Event and Program Manager
Awards updates --- Wendy Garland, Pat Fontes, and Ingrid Mayyasi Award recommendations to be presented to the Board at the February meeting.
Formation of a nominating committee - Carrie TuckerA nominating committee was formed for the next MSLA president, a process that occurs every other year.
Professional Learning --- Alida Hanson and Alix Woznick, as well as Emily Kristofek for conference logisticsRegistration and Sched are up and running.
More transition news - the future of MSLAGreg Pronevitz is retiring again, as is his wife, so will not renew his position as communications and outreach specialist for MSLA.
Other news from board members Carrie Tucker - at the last affiliate assembly meeting for AASL Carrie agreed to be regional representative (not director; that’s Anita). She participated in a virtual meeting with all the regional representatives to get everyone ready for the meeting in Philadelphia. They are considering changing the name of Affiliate Assembly as part of a larger reorganization of AASL. There is concern about gain or loss of power/voice within ALA. The group is not being consulted about the structural changes, just the name change. ALA SCOE is the name of the project (organizational effectiveness): https://connect.ala.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=16858b1c-4cf3-491c-8c9c-d9dccea4703d if people want to learn more.
Reba thanked those who responded to her survey on the Forum, as she is happy to report 57 responses.
3/29-30/20MSLA conference, “We Can Do It: School Libraries Build Strong Communities”, Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center4/2/20 Library Legislative Day, Boston
Respectfully submitted, Jennifer Dimmick
MSLA Secretary School Librarian at Weston Elementary Schools: Field, Country, Woodland
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