Funding AALL Representatives

In March 2015, AALL announced that it would discontinue funding the three liaisons who represent the interests of technical services law librarians to the American Library Association and MARC Steering Group.

The following is from an email from Suzanne Graham, TS-SIS Chair, 2014-2015, and Karen Selden, OBS-SIS Chair, 2014-2015, sent on March 24, 2015:

It is with a great sense of relief that we announce that the AALL Executive Board voted to reverse its decision to discontinue our three representatives.

AALL will continue to financially support representatives to the MARC Advisory Committee, the Subject Analysis Committee, and the Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access.

Together we compiled a persuasive case that helped our cause, not only in this specific exchange, but that was informative generally about the landscape we navigate and that we are building in technical services. Thank you for all your perspectives, concerns, and expressions of support. Karen and I learned from your collective wisdom and experience. Your input made our position more compelling.

The AALL Executive Board listened to us and took our concerns seriously. We sincerely appreciate the leadership and professionalism shown by our president, Holly Riccio. She addressed our petition very quickly and presided over a special Board meeting today rather than wait until April’s regular meeting to address our concerns.

The documents below were submitted in support of continued funding for the liaisons. The documents are 1) the response of the TS-SIS and OBS-SIS Executive Boards that respectfully disagree with AALL’s decision and outline support for the positions and 2) statements from current and past representatives that further describe their roles and activities.