Minutes of the Executive Committee
Present: Karen Bailey (Chair), Rachel Howarth (Vice-Chair) Jane Hedberg, Ethel Hellman, Gloria Korsman, Susan Lieberthal, Kathy Rutter, Michael Hopper, Manda Mahoney, Alix Reiskind
Absent: Jackie Dean, Ellen Shea
Karen opened the meeting at 3:00 by welcoming new members and having everyone introduce themselves.
Communications and Orientation - No report.
Benefits - Kathy reported that their first meeting scheduled for next week.
Professional Development - Manda and Alix reported that they have contacted their 5 new members and set the initial meeting for September 26. Preliminary ideas for programs include an orientation to the Arnold Arboretum, an introduction to music library electronic products, and a panel on satellite libraries. The new co-chairs welcome tips and advice as they learn their new roles.
STATUS OF THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES COMMITTEE
The Rights and Responsibilities Committee has, for some time now, been available to respond to the concerns of Assembly members, but has not generated panels or forums itself. Last year it hosted a useful forum on 9/11, but this was at the request of the Executive Committee. The chair of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee has chosen not to renew her term, and the rest of the committee members have also reached the end of their terms. Given this situation, a discussion took place about whether this committee should be disbanded, and if not, how it might be reinvigorated. Karen said that Jan Voogd had expressed interest in working on revitalizing this committee. Gloria pointed out some key issues that a pro-active Rights and Responsibilities group might address: How does the values statement just issued by President Summers fit into our work as librarians? And how do the current concerns over civil rights and privacy rights being discussed at ALA fit with Havard's concerns? Karen suggested that reviewing this committee could be a good step toward a larger goal of bringing new ideas and energy into the Assembly more generally.
Rachel moved that the Executive Committee appoint an ad hoc committee to review the charge of the Rights and Responsibilities Committee. She further moved that Jan Voogd be appointed chair and that she select 2 additional members to be reviewed for appointment by the Executive Committee. Ethel seconded. The motion was put to a vote and passed unanimously.
Karen agreed to get in touch with Jan. It was further decided that the ad hoc committee should report to the Executive Committee by January 2003 so there would be plenty of time to plan a full Assembly vote should major changes be recommended.
Now that Lynda Kresge will no longer be maintaining the Librarian's Assembly website, Karen suggested that we ask HUL if they might maintain our site. The site could certainly use an update in both content and design. There was also discussion of possibly calling for a volunteer Librarian's Assembly webmaster. Gloria agreed to handle maintenance of the site until Karen could talk with HUL.
MEETING TIMES AND PLACES
October 9 3:00-4:30, Countway November 13 3:00-4:30, Divinity December 11 3:00-4:30, Houghton
NEW PROGRAM IDEAS
Adjourned at 4:30.