Glen Gustafson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. In
attendance were: Glen Gustafson, Claire Engel, Lee Nemcheck, Holly
Mohler, Laura Hyzy, Jill Porter, June MacLeod, Anne Ellis, Kathie
Sullivan, Ann Jeter, and Joanne Dugan.
Glen started the meeting by commenting that some things we did worked
this year, and some did not. He thanked Jill Porter for her work on
creating the new PLL Standards & Guidelines trifold brochure. We
also need to update the information that is in the PLL/SIS brochure that
AALL printed for us, and that Peter Beck would be the person to talk to
about revising and reprinting this. There was a decision to check into
the costs of reprinting this, and whether the costs could be split
between AALL (layout/setup) and PLL (printing).
Glen then spoke on the subject of fundraising for PLL, since the only
income that PLL gets currently is from advertisements in PLL
Perspectives. There was a brainstorming session to come up with
possible ideas for fundraising, including t-shirts, badge holders,
Christmas cards, and notecards. It was decided that the Board would look
into the costs for some of these ideas to see if we want to pursue them
Glen reported that West Group and PLL co-sponsored a morning workshop
session at LegalWorks 99 this year and that all PLL members got
discounted registration. The hope is that PLL will continue to work on
publicizing itself to other groups, thereby raising our perceived value.
Kathie Sullivan reported on her experiences at ALA this year. There
were about 30 people that stopped by the booth in the Exhibit Hall and
visitors were put in touch with chapter presidents in their area, when
possible, to assist them. Visitors concerns centered on getting rid of
books in favor of electronic media, questions about how to hire a law
librarian, and vendors wanting to purchase mailing lists. PLL did not
get any programs accepted this year, and it seems that there is an
erosion of interested in PLL at ALA, and our reciprocal agreement that
we have maintained in the past for a free booth at each other�s annual
meeting may not continue. There was a brief discussion of how we might
continue to have booth representation at ALA in the future.
Kathie suggested someone look at the ALA proposed programs and see if
they can�t be tweaked and submitted for AALL next year. Glen suggested
that these same programs might be put on for regional ALA meetings,
since they might be more receptive to programs at the regional level.
Kathie suggested putting on a panel discussion on a particular topic,
and working with another group (Council of Chapter Presidents, SLA,
etc.) to find speakers that can speak on the topic, and maintaining the
same topic for all of the regional meetings.
Holly Mohler read the Secretary�s report and there was a brief
discussion about changing the PLL bylaws, so that the election ballots
could be done in a more economic fashion than they currently are. Holly
will look at some other SISs and Chapters, and work with the Bylaws
Committee Chair, Johanna Bizub, to draft a bylaws amendment, to be voted
on next year.
Claire Engel read the Treasurer�s report and told us that Global
Securities has given us $10,000, to be used by the PLL Grants Committee,
and $1,000 of it was already used for grant recipients this year. Anne
Ellis asked if each of the PLL grant recipients could write a thank you
letter to Global Securities. There was a brief discussion as to whether
we should remove the Unemployed Board Member Grant from the budget, and
a motion to keep it was made, seconded and passed. There was a brief
discussion about changing PLL�s fiscal year to October 1 to September
30, putting it in synch with AALL�s fiscal year. A motion was made to
change the fiscal year, and it was seconded and passed. It was noted
that this change should be noted in the revised version of the PLL
There was more discussion about the PLL brochures that AALL produced,
and Amy Eaton, Public Relations Committee Chair, was charged with
looking into how much revising and reprinting these would be. Claire
would add $1,000 into the budget for this, just in case, and money was
also added to the budget to cover purchasing new souvenirs, to give out
as freebies (at CONELL, ALA, etc.).