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American Library Association

    American Library Association

    Library Administration & Management Association

    Human Resources Section

    Report of Chair for 2006 2007

    The Human Resources Section (HRS) of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) had a busy and productive year in 2006 2007. Activities included a program presented at the

    2007 ALA Annual Conference by the HRS Leadership Skills Committee and continuing work on publications. The section’s charge was revised to fit the work and focus of the section and the new

    LAMA strategic plan, and a charge for the section executive committee was adopted. The Nominating Committee successfully put forth a full slate for the spring 2007 election. Both section committees the

    Leadership Skills Committee and the Staff Development Committee were active during the year. The

    section’s one discussion group, Union Relations for Managers, held successful discussion group sessions at both the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference in 2007.

“To Change You Library, Change Your Mind” Program at ALA Annual 2007

    The HRS Leadership Skills Committee sponsored a program at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Entitled “To Change Your Library, Change Your Mind,” the program featured Cynthia Kisby, Head of Regional Campus Libraries for the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and Suzanne Holler, Librarian and Contract Trainer at the Central Florida Library Cooperative (CFLC). The program planners expected to attract an audience of approximately 50 individuals and had an attendance of 47. The interactive program was organized and presented in three parts that focused on power (strategies for creating a change process), reason (overcoming resistance to change whether in charge or not), and re-education (change-as-learning implementation model).

Follow Up to 2006 ALA Annual Preconference

    The Staff Development Committee sponsored a follow-up discussion for participants who attended the 2006 preconference entitled “Cultivating the Future: Growing the Staff You Really Need” sponsored by

    the section at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Maureen Sullivan facilitated a discussion on Monday, June 25, during the all committee meeting time at 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. This follow up discussion was attended by approximately 10 individuals.

Publications

Ruth Kinnersley continued to serve on the LAMA Publications Committee and as the section’s thpublications liaison. The Staff Development Committee has established a task force to work on the 4

    edition of the publication entitled Practical Guide to Staff Development Handbook. The editor and rdarticle authors of the 3 edition will be invited to participate and update their work for the new edition.

Update of Human Resources Section Charge

    In the 2006 2007 year, the Human Resources Section’s Executive Committee reviewed and updated the section charge.

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    It was determined that the existing charge was outdated in light of the new LAMA strategic plan and the focus of the section. The existing charge read:

    The Human Resources Section of the Library Administration & Management Association

    exercises responsibility for general personnel administration in all types of libraries. Illustrative

    of the fields of interest are the recruitment and promotion of able people to positions at all levels

    of library service, certification of librarians, fair employment practices, equal employment

    opportunities, classification and pay plans, in-service training of all professional and

    nonprofessional library workers (including those at supervisory levels), principles of tenure and

    intellectual freedom, personnel administration, relations between libraries and pertinent

    municipal and educational agencies, staff management, ethics, personnel measurement and

    guidance, and staff welfare programs, including all types of benefits.

    This section is concerned with general personnel administration information, education,

    techniques, theories, practice, guidance materials, and research. It is not responsible for those

    specific but related duties of other ALA units.

    After general discussion and consultation with section committees, the following proposed charge was approved by the HRS Executive Committee and was submitted to LAMA’s Committee on Organization (COO) for review and approval prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle in January 2007.

    COO approved the proposed charge and made a recommendation to the LAMA Board that the new charge be accepted. It was approved by the LAMA Board of Directors at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington in January 2007.

The new charge for the Human Resources Section now reads:

    The Human Resources Section of the Library Administration & Management Association

    supports staff who have the responsibility for human resources leadership and administration in

    all types of libraries.

    Areas of expertise include: leadership and management issues; recruitment and retention

    strategies; advancement and promotion; librarian and staff certification programs; fair

    employment practices; equal employment opportunity; compensation, classification and benefit

    programs; professional learning and development; and relations between libraries and governing

    agencies.

    To carry out this charge, the section produces pre-conferences, programs, and publications and

    supports discussion groups related to general human resources administration information,

    education, theories, techniques, practice, guidance materials, and research.

HRS Executive Committee Charge

    A new charge for the HRS Executive Committee was approved by COO and the LAMA Board at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference in June. The new charge for the Executive Committee is “to make

    decisions and provide leadership for the Human Resources Section in furthering its purpose noted above and to support the LAMA strategic plan.” This charge is similar to the charge for executive committees of other LAMA sections.

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Nominating Committee

    The 2006 2007 Nominating Committee was chaired by Susan Marks and included Peg Bradshaw and Detrice Bankhead. The committee put together a complete slate for the Spring 2007 election which included:

    Vice-Chair/Chair Elect for 2007 2008

    Eileen Theodore-Shusta (Ohio University)

    Lila Fredenberg (Florida State University)

    Secretary for 2007 2009

    Andrea Stewart (George Washington University)

    Jill Keally (University of Tennessee)

    Member-at-Large for 2007 2009

    Carlette Washington-Hoagland (University of Iowa)

    Teri Switzer (University of Colorado at Denver & Health Sciences Center)

Lila Daum Fredenburg was elected Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect for 2007 2008. Andrea W.

    Stewart was elected Secretary for 2007 2009 replacing Dianne Smith. Teri Switzer was elected

     2009 replacing Anne Marie Ford. Member-at-Large for 2007

Staff Development Committee

    Appointments for the Staff Development Committee made in the spring of 2006 began following the 2006 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Carol Zsulya was reappointed for another two-year term (2006 2008) and agreed to serve as the committee chair for 2006 2007. Jane Williams and Sally

    . There were five Crosby were reappointed for another two-year term as members for 2006 2008

    continuing committee members Bonnie Birman, Kimberly Kelley, Regina McBride, Jillian Keally, and Rachel Crowley whose terms run until June 2007. Five new committee members Mary Strow, Susan

    Marks, Linda Fenster, Lila Fredenburg, and Jessica Styons began serving two-year terms for the

    period of July 2006 to June 2008. Five committee members Andrea W. Stewart, Carlette Lynette

    Washington-Hoagland, Catherine Friedman, Vicki Burger, and Deb Stansbury Sunday ended their

    terms in June 2006.

Incoming HRS Chair Deb Stansbury Sunday made appointments for 2007 2008 in the spring of 2007.

Leadership Skills Committee

Appointments for the Leadership Skills Committee made in the spring of 2006 took effect following the

    ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. Joyce Wright, a continuing member, graciously agreed to serve as the committee chair for 2006 2007. Eileen Theodore-Shusta was reappointed for another two-year term for 2006 2008. Four other continuing committee members Luisa Paster, Donna Cappelle-

    Cook, Carol Roberts, and Alicia Mille will continue until June 2007. Four new committee members

    Helen Henry, Mary Faith Pankin, Patricia Banach, and Vicki Burger began serving a two-year term

    which will run from July 2006 to June 2008. Five committee members Lila Fredenburg, Dianne Smith,

    Susan Marks, Kathlin Ray, and Vicki Nesting ended their terms in June 2006.

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Incoming HRS Chair Deb Stansbury Sunday made appointments for 2007 2008 in the spring of 2007.

Union Relations for Managers Discussion Group

    The Union Relations for Managers Discussion Group held meetings at both ALA Midwinter in Seattle and ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2007. The discussion group was co-chaired by Jenifer Abramson, UCLA, and Jane Ciacci, University of Chicago. The discussion group had a higher than normal attendance (10 to 15) at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle; attendees from both public and Canadian libraries participated for the first time. Attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. was 10.

Future Activities

    At the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., the section committee began work on new projects for the coming year.

    ; Planning for a program at the 2008 ALA Annul Conference in Anaheim, California began. The

    program is tentatively entitled “Thinking of Using a Management Coach?” and will feature an

    academic librarian and a public librarian discussing the use of management coaches in addition

    to featuring a consultant who has worked with libraries as a management coach. The program

    proposal was approved by the LAMA Program Committee and the LAMA Board in Washington,

    D.C. during the 2007 ALA Annual Conference. The program will be offered at 2008 ALA

    Annual Conference on Saturday, June 28, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    ; In support of the new LAMA Strategic Plan, the section plans to develop an HRS Emerging

    Trends Discussion Group and will pilot the discussion group at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in

    Philadelphia in January 2008. The discussion group will seek to develop a list of the “Top 10”

    human resources trends in libraries based on input from the discussion group participants. This

    list will be published and publicized after Midwinter in LAMA publications such as the LAMA

    Blog. Preliminary plans call for the discussion group to be formally approved in accordance

    with ALA procedures after ALA Midwinter in January 2008 and to meet regularly at both the

    ALA Midwinter Meeting (to develop the annual “top 10”human resources trends list) and at the

    ALA Annual Conference (to discuss how libraries are dealing with the “top 10” trends in human

    resources). Plans are to hold the initial discussion group from Noon to 1 p.m. on Monday at the

    ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia following the section’s committee meetings.

    ; The section will be working on publicizing a new section LISTSERV the HRS LISTSERV to

    section members and individuals interested in human resources topics in libraries. The section

    hopes to use the LISTSERV as mechanism for communicating with members and potential

    members about the work of the section and its programs and publications. The STAFF

    DEVELOPMENT LISTSERV will be abolished and the HRS section LISTSERV will be used to

    publicize all section activities and to facilitate communication.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Hawthorne

    LAMA HRS Chair, 2006 -- 2007

    1 July 2007

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