VLA Council Report: Sept. 14, 2012

by Terry Long

Barbie Selby, Regional Federal Depository Librarian, at the University of Virginia, received a special citation from VLA Council.

Sandy Treadway, Librarian of Virginia, was a guest of the Council and spoke of the history and mission of the Library of Virginia.

• She commended the hard work of the staff that are working in an understaffed library yet are very dedicated to their jobs.

• The Library is developing a master plan for digitizing many of its documents. They do not have funds for a lot of digital projects and have been approached by businesses offering to digitize specific record groups. The Library is considering partnering with some of these companies.

VLA’s membership has grown; they added 190 new members in 2012 with a total membership of 881.

The 2013 Legislative agenda was adopted as follows:

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.

The Executive Committee reported:

• They have been in conversation with the Washington D.C> Public Library to share programming.

• Approved a social media policy.

• VLA members have access to Gototmeeting for a year thanks to the generosity of John Mooman.

• Lisa Varga has signed a contract with VLA to continue as Executive Director.

VLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee is working with VALL members Tim Coggins, Sally Wyant and Jim Heller on a program for VLA.

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