Submitted by Terry Long, VALL Representative to VLA Council
·VLA’s finances are in good shape. Recent VLA sponsored conferences have made small profits. The endowment has made a modest gain.
·The Fundraising Committee has raised a little over half the amount needed for the annual VLA Conference.
·ALA’s Legislative Day had 14 Virginians participating. They met with the staff of 11 legislators and actually met with one member of the House of Representatives, Rob Whitman.
·With the state budget that passed in early hours of June 13th, the state aid to libraries will stay at 2014 level.
·The Professional Development Endowment plans to make $100 disbursements for attendance at VLA meeting. Information on applying will be made later.
·VLA annual meeting
oKeynoters have been set
oDine arounds will be offered asa way to network and experience a new restaurant venue
oThursday there will be a casino night for all registrants.
oTours of Swem Library will be offered.
·The Virginia Paraprofessional Forum is now officially, Virginia Professional Association Forum so as to include other staff in the library setting.
·The New Members Forum’s mentoring program is flourishing. Also, there are two social events planned for the summer.
·ALA is considering eliminating the mid-winter meeting to cut costs. Members of the VLA Council who have attended mid-winter meetings think they are valuable as they are smaller gatherings and more work of the association can be accomplished; therefore, they should not be eliminated. Jessie Scalph, Virginia’s ALA Councilor, thinks they should divest themselves of the publishing business.
·Library of Virginia asks for you to go to their website and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award or, ballots are available at the public libraries.
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