From the Chair of the Board & Executive Director
We hope to see you, virtually, at the upcoming interviews for our three open positions. We know that it is challenging to have such critical positions open, and we appreciate how members have pitched in and helped. We all have benefited from the additional expertise of our amazing contractors for our open Program Manager (Linda DiBiase, Joan Thompson) and Finance Manager (Bob Hoffman) positions, but I know we all look forward to 2018. In the next few weeks and months, we’ll have interviews for the Program Manager, Finance Manager and Network Zone Manager – all will have member participation. Thank you, in advance, for your help! We know that the central Alliance staff play a critical role in helping us achieve the Alliance mission.
Dana Bostrom, Executive Director
The Board met in September 2017 and discussed the strategic planning process and timeline. Part of this work is reviewing current Alliance activity to understand impact and resource use. As we consider new initiatives and possible work, we’d like to be able to evaluate both new and existing work within a similar framework. Part of planning for our future is also considering the resources we want to use to engage in all our work, and we hope that this project will help us better understand and prioritize resources when we consider new initiatives in July 2018!
In October, the Board will meet in person, and discuss the SILS Evaluation, how that impacts our new contract with Ex Libris, review job descriptions for Board members, and hear updates on strategic planning and the Dues Task Force. We are preparing for a long discussion at the November Council meeting on the Mission, Vision & Values of the organization. We are working with our facilitator to identify the best methods to engage all members on these discussions – so stay tuned! We really value your input and want to work with our facilitator on timing and mechanisms for input.
We hope you enjoyed seeing information about many of the Project and Standing Groups together in September. Just yesterday the information on the rest of the groups we know about was released. We look forward to your participation. Dana will be supporting two groups directly, both related to our ability to share data in Alma. Please let us know your feedback on this process, as it is new this year. Dana is also busy planning member visits. In October & November, she will visit Central Oregon Community College, Marylhurst University, OSU-Cascades campus, The Evergreen State College, and St. Martin’s University.
Susan Barnes Whyte, Chair of the Board and Council