Library Association District III Caucus Meeting
Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
April 25, 2002
to Order: The meeting was called to order at 5:42 p.m. by the Chair, Diana
Collins. There were 18 members present. Those present were: June Berry, Bill Buckner,
C. Ross Burns, Denise Carter, Diana Collins, Jackie Dodson, Carlyn Gray, Doris
Herrington, Judy Horton, Terri Hugo, Russell Keelin, Constance Matheny, Judy Reinhart,
Sarah Samson, Ava Smith, Sue Soy, and Carla Wilkins. Jill Zimmerman was present
as the Liaison to the Executive Board. Introductions were made.
Copies of the minutes from the fall district meeting were passed around. Everyone
took a few moments to read the minutes. The minutes were approved as written.
Report: Sarah Samson, Treasurer, presented the report. The opening balance
was $1,617.40. Total revenues were $1,801.89. Total expenditures were $1,771.59.
The ending balance was $1,647.50.
Councilorís Report: Russell Keelin,
Councilor, presented his report on activities at TLA Council I. Among the business
matters before the Council were TLA Centennial activities, the election of officers,
and other conference activities. The TLA membership passed three propositions:
1) the proposition on updating the TLA mission statement; 2) the proposition requiring
Texas residency for office holders; and 3) the proposition authorizing an increase
in membership dues. Attendance figures for the conference were announced during
Council I. Pre-registration was 4,760, and actual attendees numbered 7,768. Among
the business matters scheduled to come before Council II was the adoption of the
public library standards.
Legislative Report: Susan Mann was not
present, so this report will be given at a future meeting.
Collins presented the proposed budget for 2002-03. With a beginning balance of
$1,647.70, total receipts from the unit allotment and revenue from the fall meeting
are expected to be $1,800.00. Total expenditures projected are $2,400.00. These
expenditures are: $1,500.00 for the fall meeting; $500.00 for ALA Legislative
Day; and $400.00 for Tall Texans. The closing balance is projected to be $1,047.70.
canvassed in the budget discussions included the future of TIF, ALA and TLA legislative
days, and Tall Texans. June Berry pointed out that the cost of the Tall Texans
program per participant is $1300.00, with those individuals selected to participate
expected to put forward at least $425.00 of that amount. Berry also proposed adding
$200.00 for TLA Legislative Day to the proposed expenditures. After discussion,
the motion passed. The proposed budget was then approved as amended, with the
closing balance at $847.00.
Carlyn Gray will represent the district at
ALA Legislative Day.
Ava Smith was elected Secretary by acclamation. Smith
replaces Amanda Williams, who resigned after becoming Chair of the Childrenís
The district has three members attending the Tall Texans in
June 2002. They are Karen Flavin from Taylor High School, Terri Hugo from Waco-McLennan
County Library, and Marilyn Johnson from the Texas State Library and Archives
The fall district meeting for 2002 was discussed briefly. Whether
to meet on Friday or Saturday and programming options continue to be problematical.
Better communication among district members is seen as one major step to both
better programming and attendance at the meeting. One suggestion for improving
communications is the creation of either an electronic mailing list or electronic
discussion group. Samson will contact the TLA office for information on options
and other assistance.
Smith briefly discussed the Rider 55 Coalition. This
is a group whose primary interest is to improve accessibility for the deaf and
hearing impaired. The group is applying for a grant from special TIF monies available
for technology assistance for the disabled. The group is interested in partnering
with libraries in order to make assistive technology more available to the targeted
New Officers: Collins announced the new officers for 2002-03.
They are Cary Sowell, Chair; Deanna Frazee, Chair-Elect; Ava Smith, Secretary;
Sarah Samson, Treasurer; Russell Keelin, Councilor; and Diana Collins, Immediate
Adjournment: There being no further business, the meeting
was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
Ava M. Smith, Secretary
meeting will be during Annual Assembly, Austin, Texas, July 21-23, 2002