The theme is Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges.The keynote speaker will be Margot Lee Shetterly, author of Hidden Figures; Friday's keynote speaker will be ACRL President Trevor Dawes.
There will be no preconferences, but tours and other activities instead.
Membership - dues haven't been raised since 2009; Lisa and the Executive Board are investigating institutional membership ideas that might increase membership and participation
The Nominating Committee reminds members that they need to VOTE for candidates in August/September.Last year's election only received a 30% response rate.
ALA Council - at Midwinter, they voted to add a fourth directive regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion.The 2018 ALA Conference in New Orleans will have fewer sessions, in response to attendee feedback.
Legislative Program - members are urged to stay informed about the legislative update, at Legislative Updates
HB 2191 is an especially hot topic this year; contact your legislator is you have opinions about it.
There have been measures introduced in the GA that would allow the Library of Virginia to reinstate some positions and/or reinstate some reading room hours.Nothing has yet passed.
Executive Committee - changes are being made to the criteria for awards, to reflect the inclusion of professional associates as nominees; the VLA Manual is also being revised for consistency issues.The Scholarships Committee will likely award 3 scholarships this year and 3 scholarships next year, thanks to an extra significant donation.
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