Lois K. Albrecht, Distinguished Librarian and PCBL Board Member Emeritus. Congratulations Lois!
A biography of Lois Albrecht's dedicated career to Library Development.
Posted HCS 20140127
Happy New Year! January 2014 is just the beginning of what may prove to be a very active year for PCBL and for Pennsylvania’s library advocates.
We closed out the last quarter of 2013 with several successful events including the annual meeting and awards luncheon during the PaLA Conference at Seven Springs. I hope you have had an opportunity to view the information about the winners on the PCBL website. Congratulations to all the winners. The awards committee had a difficult assignment as there were a number of outstanding nominations. Thanks to all who participated in the nomination and award process.
The PCBL Annual Meeting was an occasion to say good bye to Judy Dillen, Karen Gartner, and Lisa Miosi whose terms on the board were completed. Please welcome Jim Hollinger of Elizabethtown and Sara Jane Lowry of Pittsburgh to three year terms.
On November 2, the Berks County Library System sponsored a Getting Along Workshop: Working Together in Challenging times for Library Boards, Friends and Directors. Sally Gardner Reed and I were pleased to attend and discuss issues and answer questions. Several attendees mentioned that they would like to see a return of PCBL sponsored workshops/institutes and the Board sees this as a priority for 2014.
On November 9, Marcy Abrams met with Bucks County Friends and talked about Fundraising Ideas and general Friends organization issues. Marcy has provided the information for the PCBL website. Please click the News & Activities tab and take advantage of Marcy’s experiences and suggestions.
Dedicated Friends of the Library groups will kick off another year of fundraising and activities to support their local libraries. Congratulations to all the Friends groups who were able to report successful fundraising and support for their community libraries in the past year and good luck to you in 2014.
Thank you to all PCBL members who have renewed group and individual 2014 memberships and Affiliate memberships continue to increase. Your support is so appreciated.
HCS posted 20140106
Board Adopts Changes to Bylaws Regarding Emeritus Status
The PCBL Board has now adopted, among others, a Bylaw change to include Emeritus status as a new category of membership. The proposed Bylaws changes were approved at the June 7, 2013 Board meeting, were posted for review, and adopted at the Annual Meeting on October 20, 2013.
1. Emeritus status is intended to be honorary with no required responsibilities.
2. The person may attend Board meetings as a non-voting member.
3. The status confers life- time membership and freedom from payment of annual dues.
4. Nomination will be made in writing to the Nominating Committee who makes a recommendation to the Board.
5. The Board votes to approve and notifies the recipient.
6. A resolution adopted by the Board on June 7 explains the details of the process.
HCS posted 10/23/2013
PCBL is an organization of advocates that speaks for libraries throughout Pennsylvania. Membership is open to anyone who wants to see strong and well-funded libraries, and the best possible library service for all of Pennsylvania's citizens. That includes librarians, trustees of libraries, government officials and friends of libraries, as well as the lay citizen-user of libraries.
Members are kept up to date on legislative information and actions as they pertain to Pennsylvania libraries; have opportunities to attend library advocacy and library fundraising workshops; and receive information about events, programs, and issues of interest to library advocates.
For the latest news about the recently passed Library Code legislation, SB1225, click here. (10/24/2012)
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