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Executive Summary October 1, 2016

13 Feb 2017 10:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

NESLA Board Meeting 10/1/16

Attendees: Mary Ellen Minichiello, Sarah Morenon, Cheryl Kissel, Carol Gordon, Carolyn Markuson, Shelley Stedman, Irene Kwidzinski, Anna Bolognani

Meeting was called to order by Mary Ellen.

The first order of business was information on the Hall of Fame and Margaret Hallisey Award winners. The 2016 Margaret Hallisey Award honors Gerri Fegan and Merlyn Miller. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees are Anna Bolognani and Gerri Fegan.

MINUTES: Minutes of the May 16, 2016 meeting were approved on a motion by Anna, seconded by Irene.

TREASURER’S REPORT: The income total in July was $441.39 (in paypal), $658.97 expenses, leaving a balance of $15,324.60. The treasurer’s report was approved on motion by Carolyn and seconded by Shelley.

AASL REPORT was given by AASL regional representative Shelley Stedman: AASL is working to improve communications and adjusted meeting schedules to help in addition to making other changes for the future. They are working to expand training opportunities from (DOE – speaker on Future Ready Schools).

Memberships in future ready libraries is spotty as some states are involved and others are not. Website is available for viewing. The “Elevator” speech of AASL is available on their website. Members are encouraged to check the site and identify stakeholders in your community.

Four commendations were approved by AASL at the Affiliate Assembly: PA Information Literacy Summit, TN YA Book Festival, and SC Education Oversight Committee Read Yourself to the Big Game.

Concerns were also approved: NJ to address decline enrollment in School Librarianship in Universities; Region 3 suggested that AASL address the impact that local control has on equity issues; and MA Study of Equity not Equality in School Libraries Survey whose results are pending.

A suggestion was made that NESLA continue to remind the states to raise the profile of the effort to identify concerns and commendations early in the year so that by May it is accomplished.

It was also suggested that we check with NEASC regarding their new wording on school libraries and also to clarify who the current and important contacts are at NEASC.

AECT REPORT. no report (refer to their website for info)

CONNECTICUT. Notice that the Conference coming in October 25 using an Ed Camp Format, providing a playground for hands on learning, visiting experts, forum discussions, turf talks like

TED talks, presence of the AASL President, Scholastic panel discussion, etc. Registration appears to be down. The Board is also reviewing the constitution and bylaws.
MAINE. Unable to meet; refer to report on line. Carol Gordon noted the grant she is doing for Public Libraries in Maine becoming more involved with STEM is close to being ready. MASSACHUSETTS. Board members could not attend because of a conflict with their state retreat. Major undertaking is the study on school library equity that was funded by the DESE. That report is forthcoming. retreat for the board, state study on school library equity and funded it. Report coming.

RHODE ISLAND. A unique program is underway to offer free membership to School Library “newbies” and “any LMS who had not previously joined.” They also have representation on COLA – a coalition for library associations. They are looking toward improving the website by adding links to key articles of interest for administrators as well as planning to post thumbnail sketches of lesson plans. They are working to clarify certified librarians not only for RI but for other New England states. Going from a “sub” job to professional position requiring additional classes has become financially impossible so they are looking at online programs as well as other options to expand the numbers of school librarians.
The WISE CONSORTIUM ( needs to be better publicized. A Spring Conference is planned; it was suggested that NESLA pull together existing rubrics aligned with the new standards for excellence, ok, mediocre, poor programs. But it was also noted that new standards are imminent as well as tool kits and practical applications of program activities being developed.
Sarah also noted that she participated in National Library Legislative Day.
Carol Gordon suggested that we need to spread the word about innovative approaches to literacy – that includes some federal support via funding. ESSA and OER COMMONS are two important sources.
OER COMMONS website is an important site to visit as OER Practice includes a set of beliefs equity collab, sharing ...
VERMONT REPORT. The Department of Education is now called the Agency of Education. VT is working on producing a description of school library certification competencies this spring. They are looking for innovative ways to pool resources, pull together, and to have the Public Department of Libraries and the Agency of Education work together.
Every state gets the LSTA reports source of grants and info on what states are doing.

MEMBERSHIP. We currently have 97 members. The application has been revised and updated on website Twitter (#Nesla), Tumblr, and Facebook available to share board members. There was a discussion on membership incentives, but no action was taken by the board.

1. The appointment of Susan Ballard to the Constitution and Bylaws Committee chaired by the President Elect (Carol Gordon) was approved.
2. Mary Ellen provided a review of the August meeting of herself, Carol Gordon, Irene Kwidzinski, Shannon DeSantos, and Donna Sullivan-McDonald . They met through (Skype) and pursued the development of a NESLA program at the Vermont State Conference. Topics would be on different aspects of national and state concerns, new trends, more STEM, difference between fads and new directions, etc. The IFLA 2016 Trends report is worth reading. Motion was made by Irene, seconded by Mary Ellen that approved our collaboration and identification with Vermont for the most desirable modes (seminars, forums, speeches, etc) of participation. Anna was appointed Conference Committee Chair. Virtual meeting members

include Carol Gordon, Mary Ellen Minichiello, Irene Kwidzinski and hopefully someone from MA. It was suggested that we use our new mission statement to head the program thrust. Ideas should be sent to Cheryl to present options to the conference committee and come back to the Board with their choices at the virtual meeting in November.
3. Carol Gordon has completed a revision of the white paper she wrote in 2002 defining the role of the school library in teaching and learning. She will send out copies by email to every board member and has asked that they respond with their approval/disapproval by early November, in time for the November 17th, 2016, Virtual Meeting.
4. Carolyn Markuson requested that all NESLA archives and papers be better organized to simplify access to organization files and activities on a single website, that a members only area contain the membership list (with school addresses), and Carol Gordon suggested that we should be considering digitizing the files on a scheduled basis. The current archives are drastically spotty – additional effort will be made to see if Audrey Friend’s files still exist and if so can we incorporate them (as well as other more current collections) into the archives for the 100th Anniversary Celebration in 2018. A location for the collection is to be determined.

FUTURE MEETINGS: Virtual meeting November 17, 2016 from 5 – 6 pm and February 7, 2017 ar from 5 - 6pm.

A motion to adjourn was made by Mary Ellen, seconded by Irene and unanimously approved. Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Markuson
Interim Secretary for the Day 

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