ALSC Board

Let the Membership Speak

In one of my final duties as ALSC Vice-President,  I arranged for ALA Parliamentarian Eli Mina to speak to the ALSC Board of Directors during our Orientation Meeting at the 2010 Annual Conference. In addition to discussing the fundamental principles of parliamentary procedure, Mr. Mina provided sage counsel about dealing with controversial policy issues. He advised us to bring the membership-at-large into the process as soon as possible; provide as much information as possible; provide opportunities for face-to-face discussion; and provide sufficient time for dialogue–as long as two years when dealing with contentious matters. As many of you know, one of the most challenging policy issues that has faced our association in recent years is the ALSC Scope of Attention Motion. Because it requires a change to our bylaws, the two-part motion will go to our membership for a vote in the spring of 2011. In addition to recommending a…