Hello. The schedule for the Mid-Winter meeting of Chapters Council is shaping up. The Council will meet Sunday, January 22nd, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel from 8:00 am until 10:00 am, San Antonio Ballroom A. There will be a worksession for Chapters Council Sunday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the Sheraton Majestic #10 room.
The ACRL Officers, including Joyce Osbourne, Mary Ellen Davis, and Stephen Bell, will be dropping by between meetings between 8:30 and 9:00 am. Lynne Bradley from the Washington Office has been asked to discuss congressional actions that we all need to be aware of.
Finally, our candidates for the Board-Member-At-Large from Chapters Council, Marilyn Ochoa and Charles Kratz, will be on hand to provide a general statement of why the Director-At-Large position is important, and how they anticipate being able to represent the issues important to local chapters on the Board.
As an update, the ACRL Board has denied our request for additional funding for the local chapters. In a message from Mary Ellen Davis, she reported that
“The Executive Committee determined that it was in the best interest of the association to maintain a distinction between decisions related to revenue and expenditures. In particular, it decided not to approve this request as the proposal would establish a relationship between Board actions related to individual membership dues rates and the Chapters funding program reimbursement rate. The Executive Committee viewed these as two separate and unrelated decisions and did not desire to establish a policy relating them.”
At this point, I am at a loss as how to proceed on the funding issue, but I would welcome comments and suggestions from you all.
My best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing in you Dallas.
and Chair, Chapters Council