VLA Council Meeting Sept 12, 2014

by Terry Long
  • Jobline is profitable which indicates more jobs are available.
  • Institutional memberships have increased.
  • An audit was recently conducted of VLA’s finances and no irregularities were found. An audit will be conducted every three years.
  • Richmond Convention Center will be the site of the 2015 annual meeting.
  • The Executive Committee has been discussing the future of the publication, Virginia Libraries.
  • Though VLA is not a member of Southeastern Library Association, they are exploring ways to partner with them on programing.
  • ALA has reaffirmed its stance on net neutrality.
  • Registration for VLA’s annual meeting is progressing nicely.
  • Speakers at this year’s annual meeting are: Dr. Michael Stephens, writer of the monthly Library Journal column “Office Hours” and assistant professor at San Jose State University’s School of Information, will speak at the opening session on Thursday. Keynote  speaker for Friday is Gene Ambaum, a co-creator of the “Unshelved” comic.
  • Phil Abraham, VLA’s lobbyist, will be presented with the George Mason award at VLA’s annual meeting. This award is not always given each year;  rather , it is given when appropriate, to a librarian or an individual “distinguished for advocacy of libraries and/or informationaccess”… [In years past Phil has helped VALL with issues involving the General Assembly.]
  • The Scholarship Committee is accepting baskets for their raffle at the annual meeting.
  • New librarians in Richmond area will gather at Hardywood Park brewery for a social on October 2nd.
  • Association of College and Research Libraries is hosting a webinar on making effective presentations on September 23rd. It will be archived on VLA web site.
  • The next para-professional forum will be held May 17-19, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield.

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