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Midwest Chapter Board Report

The discussion was lively and the food was fabulous at this evening's Midwest Chapter Executive Board meeting. Nearly 20 board members and interested chapter members were in attendance.

The new membership Midwest Chapter display was unveiled at the meeting. Chapter members can borrow this handy rollup display to exhibit at library events to recruit new members. I'll certainly take this to next year's Kent State SLIS career night! Thank you to Beth Carlin for spearheading this project for us!


It was a productive meeting! Some interesting tidbits:

  • Our 2009 chapter conference will be held October 3-6 in Columbus, Ohio. Clifford Stoll will be one of the plenary speakers. The featured special event will be held at the recently restored Ohio Statehouse. The 2010 chapter conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin September 24-28. Since MLA 2011 will be held in Minneapolis, the chapter conference state rotation will be changed with the 2011 chapter conference being held in Indiana and the 2012 conference will be in Minnesota (possibly Rochester).
  • Based on information provided by the Online Finances Special Committee, the chapter will be testing the use of Acteva for online registration for the 2008 conference.
  • The Policy and Procedure Manual is under development as a wiki. Board members and committee chairs will be working on their sections for review at the spring board meeting.
  • Archives and website issues were discussed at length. Mary Hitchcock will be taking over archive duties in 2009 as Rebecca Caton moves to Membership Secretary. Brian Finnegan will be joining the Communications Committee as the Assistant Webmaster. A members-only section of the website will be explored.
  • Chapter committees will be asked to develop formal goals and objectives for submission at the spring board meeting. It is suggested that committees consider holding in-person meetings during the annual chapter conference.
  • Incoming president Deb Lauseng will be appointing a special committee to address issues of what should be kept in the archives.
  • Chapter conference planning and financing issues and revisions to the Annual Meetings Guide were discussed. An Annual Meetings Special Committee will be established to explore annual meeting coordinating models.
  • Procedures for voting on the proposed revised bylaws were reviewed in preparation for the chapter business meeting.


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