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Executive Summary February 9, 2016

29 Apr 2016 6:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

NESLA Board Meeting 02/09/16

5 - 6 p.m.

Attendance: Julie Williams (MASL, secretary); Shelley Stedman (CASL President & AASL Region 1 Rep); Pam Harland (NHSLMA Past President, AASL Region 1 Director); Amy Short (MSLA Affiliate Assembly Delegate); Irene Kwidzinski, Membership Chair; Anita Cellucci, (MSLA President, Affiliate Assembly Delegate); Doug Maitland; Merlyn Miller, treasurer; Carol Gordon, president-elect; Carolyn Markuson; Mary Ellen Minichiello (NESLA President).


Call to Order:  At 5:04 PM: 

Consent Items

Approval of Minutes: motion by Carol, second Irene.  All voted in favor.  

November 17th minutes

Treasurer’s Report: Merlyn

$14551.84 in the checking account and $849.91 in our Paypal account.  Total funds:  $15401.75.

AASL Region I: Pam and Shelley

Important:  send concerns by the end of March and commendations by the end of May to Shelley Stedman.

Report ALA midwinter meeting in Boston]

AECT Report:  Charlie is on vacation, but look on the events page for AECT learning opportunities.

State Reports: Only brief updates or highlight special events for this 1 hour meeting.




New Hampshire 

Rhode Island


President’s Report: 

Membership numbers (87 members,½ from Vermont), NESLA promotional materials (banner, cards), election April 1st. (Slate due March 1st) 

Awards—deadline extended to March 15, all information on NESLA website. Motion: Shelley Stedman Second: Irene Kwidzinski  Vote: passed

2016 Ballot: Carol, president; Julie Williams, secretary; will need a new treasurer and president-elect. Because of a death in the family, Carol will be on the ballot as president-elect and Mary Ellen will again be on the ballot as president.

Old Business (Discussion Items)

The discussion from November will continue. The Board needs to decide how to implement some of these ideas, as well as a timeline and delegated responsibilities.

Dedicate May 21st meeting to discussing survey results, looking at constitution and governance, looking at our association goals

The association goals are connecting, communicating, consulting, and collaborating.

Connecting:  Create a 2 day summit, where state associations will be connecting with each other by sharing their expertise in AASL leadership…

Discussion of a possible 2 day summit.

Communicating: Communicate widely and well using a variety of popular social media tools. NESLA Twitter page has been established as well as a Tumblr page. Each communication tool is linked on the contact page of the website.

Consulting: To develop leadership in young librarians

Collaborating: To share our professional development highlights, such as conferences, workshops, unconferences after the event to share with other state organizations. (check NESLA events tab to see if your event is listed and to see what’s happening in the region.)

Action Items:  For the next meeting, have all the states include something about NESLA connections or ideas. 

Public Relations for NESLA—Will discuss more at the May 21st meeting...

NEASC - need to make sure school libraries are represented properly. Will discuss more at May 21st meeting.

Future meetings: May 21st: NESLA Board Meeting: 10-2 PM  Sanborn Regional High School Kingston, NH.  Note: the meeting date has been recently changed to a virtual meeting on May 22.

Adjourn: 6:06

Motion: Doug Maitland

Second: Anita Cellucci


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