New England 
School Library Association
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Executive Summary: NESLA Board Meeting, November 20, 2014

11 Dec 2014 7:36 PM | Anonymous

NESLA Executive Summary November 20, 2014
Virtual Conference Call

Attendance: Chris Barlow, Gerri Fegan, Carol Gordon, Jamie Greene, Irene Kwidzinski, Joyce Lucas, Michelle Luhtala, Merlyn Miller, Mary Ellen Minichiello, Judi Paradis, Amy Short,  Charlie White

Call to Order:  5:08

Consent Items

Approval of Minutes 

September 27 minutes - accept with editing suggestions; approved

November 2 minutes accepted as presented

Treasurer’s Report: Merlyn

AECT Report:  The annual conference was held in Jacksonville November 4-8, 2014 with international attendees from 39 countries. Affiliate organization membership agreements were signed with Hong Kong, Nigeria and Japan. In 2015, shanghai LKAOE East China Normal University will host a research educational symposium June 17-19, 2015 ( with the call for papers and proposals online now. Future research symposiums are now being planned for Bali in 2016 and Hong Kong in 2017. The next convention will be November 3-7, 2015 in Indianapolis. A call for program proposals will be up online December 1, 2014. A new membership program incentive will be announced shortly allowing for a free hotel lodging, airfare, and registration in Indianapolis if a member is credited for signing up 5 new members this year. 

State Reports:.




New Hampshire 

Rhode Island


Old Business (Discussion Items)

Nov. 2nd Retreat – Irene offered a thank you for the hard work by the focus group, to Gerri for hosting and to Judi for her detailed minutes.

New Mission Statement Final Consensus:

 Unanimously accepted

Discussion on the motion:

At our Nov. 2 meeting, we came to consensus that we wanted to be a place where state organizations could consult with one another and where school library leaders could be developed.   

While this has been accepted by the board, we will need the membership to accept this new mission during our spring elections.

We will create a survey to poll members about their ideas surrounding our new mission

NESLA members attending the ALA Midwinter meeting in Chicago will meet to work on the survey and suggest possible action plans that could stem from our new mission

Membership:   Membership will be addressed at the May 9th meeting.  

As of 11/15/14 NESLA has 144 members (CT 16; ME 10; MA 47; NH 21; RI 3; VT 43; Honorary 3; Lifetime 5; Retired 3; Student 1)

Renewal notices went out, 

Irene reminded us that awards season is coming up.  She offered to publicize the awards and urged board members to nominate people by the Feb. 1 deadline.

New Business:

Conference Funding:   We approved a one-year increase in the stipend for conference attendance to $1000 per conference for the year through July 1, 2015 due to the 2015 location in San Francisco.

Upcoming events:

NESLA conference 2015 - as pre-conference or session at another state conference?

CECA/CASL Fall 2015

MSLA @ UMASS Amherst March 1-2, 2015

NHSLMA  May 14-15, 2015 in Manchester

SLRI@   April 10 2015

VSLA @ ?  May 2015?

NELLS- New England Library Leadership Symposium (postponed to a future date when we have less on our agenda for the year)

Future meetings:   Feb. 4 @ 6 p.m. (virtual); May 9 @ 10 - 2 (F2F) site TBA

Adjourned:  6:12 p.m.

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