Friday, October 22, 2021

WISCONSIN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AGENDA 

Friday, October 22, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


 Mission Statement: WLA engages, inspires and advocates for library workers and supporters to improve and promote library services for the people of Wisconsin.

 

 

Present

Absent

 

Present

Absent

Desiree Bongers

 

X

Laura Sauser

X

 

Gina Rae

X

 

Linda Jerome

X

 

Jennifer Cook

X

 

Michael Doylen

 

X

Katharine Clark

X

 

Nyama Reed

X

 

Kathy Michaelis

X

 

Sherry Machones

X

 

Kris Turner

X

 

Tom Klement

X

 

Kristina Gomez

X

 

Tracy Vreeke

X

 

 

Call to Order – Sherry Machones, President at 10:04am

Establishment of Quorum & Consent Agenda (These items are approved or accepted by one motion, unless a board member asks to have something set aside for separate discussion.)

  • Minutes of the September 10, 2021 Board Meeting
  • Meeting Agenda 
  • The consent agenda, which contained the minutes of the [Link Here] meetings and the current agenda [Link here], was accepted on a motion by Vreeke, seconded by Cook.  Passed on a unanimous board vote. 

 

Finance Report – Tom Klement, Laura Sauser

  • 2022 Budget Preview
  • Our numbers are getting to the breakeven point. 
  • $7000 drop in investments in September.
  • Looking for 100 more conference registrations.
  • Previewed 2022 Budget & Growth Initiatives for presentation at annual meeting.

 

President’s Report – Sherry Machones

  • WLA Annual Conference Update
  • November Board Meeting - Presentation by EveryLibrary 
  • As of today there are 284 annual conference registrations. 358 is breakeven point. 
  • 44 exhibitors. Will be set up to allow for social distancing. 
  • Working on location for 2023: Green Bay, Appleton, Middleton
  • Hospitality suite for leadership in Sherry’s suite to get to know Laura. Thu night after awards ceremony. Various chairs, board members, and conference committee. 
  • At conference. John from EveryLibrary will speak about legislative challenges, and trainings WLA could offer. He will also talk to SRLAAW which meetings before the Board at conference.
  • Turned into a talk about intellectual freedom and book challenges to libraries. Could we work with WEMTA and library schools? 

 

Executive Director Report – Laura Sauser

  • Moved to before President’s Report. 
  • Marketing/Advertising & Sponsored Content 
    • Looking to get the student groups recognized as official at the universities, then they’d have a faculty advisor to help with consistency.
    • Discussed ideas for increasing dues and non-dues revenues. 
  • Corporate Memberships
  • 2022 Election Update
    • Linda J brought up the non-competitive nature of the ballots. How do we as the Board encourage people to run for positions?
    • Gina R suggests putting a discussion of this on a spring 2022 agenda so we talk about it and take action before election time.
  • WLA Annual Conference Social Media Volunteers
  • WLA needs to talk about a strat plan; let’s start talking about it at next meeting. 
  • “Growth Initiatives” Slides
  • Presented proposal for  new tier structure
  • Election update: 10 open positions. 5 candidates not elected; start with them to see if they wish to fill open positions. 
  • Looking for a couple Board volunteers to help with re-invigorate the WLA Twitter page. Linda J and Sherry M volunteered.

 

Drafts of Updated WLA Policies  - Tracy Vreeke

  • Code of Conduct policy
  • Conflict of Interest policy
  • Confidentiality policy
  • Clarification: sign at start of term; resign at start of new term. Scanned and stored in password protected WLA files.
  • Discussion of how broad to make its application. All elected and appointed positions?
  • Change language to “As a WLA leader” 
  • How to roll out and get all signatures?
  • What is process for report of violation? 
  • Tracy V will take edits into consideration and come back with it at a future meeting.
  • Will updated language on all drafts to include “leadership” so they are cohesive.
  • Add signature or initial line? Or cover form to sign off on all WLA policies?

 

Unit Work-In-Progress – ALL

 

Announcements / Adjournment 

Katherine C Motion, Linda J Second. Adjourn at 11:50am

 

 

Respectfully submitted by Nyama Y Reed