VLA Council Report

by Terry Long, VALL Representative to VLA

The VLA Council met June 8, 2012 at Henrico County’s Twin Hickory Library.

A Presidential Citation has been awarded to Sen.Thomas Norment for his assistance to have public library funding restored to its current amount in the state budget; it had been reduced in the governor’s budget.

We had a presentation entitled “cool tools” about various web tools that aid in collaboration, aid in organization, or are social media; i.e. Evernote, Jing, Pinterest, Webclipper, and more.

VLA has purchased a one year license for GoToWebinar. This is available for the use of VLA committees, in hope of increasing the availability of programming to more members.

There has been an increase in membership.

The 2013 Legislative agenda is:

1) Oppose cuts to state funding for public libraries.

2) “New Age, New Library” – a plan to meet the needs of the 21st century library users.

This initiative will provide Virginia public library users with contemporary digital library materials including e-books, audiobooks, streaming media and electronic databases.

3) Support the Library of Virginia

VLA will support the Library of Virginia’s legislative and budgetary priorities and oppose budget cuts for the Library of Virginia at the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

Candidates for VLA are:

President: Todd Elliott (Portsmouth Public Library)

Kevin Smith (York County Public Library)

Secretary: Shawna Hunter (Hampden-Sydney College)

Marilyn Scott (VCU)

Attendance from Virginia was down at ALA’s Legislative Day.

ALA has created a Digital Content and Libraries Work Group http://connect.ala.org/node/159669

The VLA Conference will be October 24-25 at the Williamsburg Hotel and Conference Center.

Over 100 program proposals were received.

27 booths have been sold.

Library Journal has expressed interest in sponsoring the conference.

The paraprofessional conference held in late May was successful.

Randolph-Macon College’s library will host a workshop on RDA in February 2013.

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