Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Board Meeting 2010

Erie & Wabash
Spider on the wall at Erie & Wabash in Chicago

I attended the ALA Executive Board fall meeting. Before our agenda driven packed meetings on Saturday and Sunday, we start with a Board Effectiveness meeting on Friday morning and then join the ALA Division Boards for an afternoon session.

Our board effectiveness meeting focused on just that: how to work together to be an effective and efficient board. We prepare for the discussions by reading or re-reading 101 Boardroom Problems by our parliamentarian Eli Mina, and 7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do That Others Don't by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership. Both are good and practical reads and we referred to them often. Eli Mina actually facilitated our morning session. I found it to be very beneficial. Hopefully I can continue to be a positive contributor to the ALA Executive Board.

The Joint Boards session was like a phase two of last year's session. In 2009 we were putting together a draft of the strategic plan. This time we have the plan and were talking about ways to implement the plan both by the divisions and by the association. Last year we did have the benefit of two round table representatives at that meeting, but this year they were not directly represented.

Saturday and Sunday were two long days of meetings. The agendas are available here. Coming full circle, Past President Camila Alire noted we were very effective as a board.

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