The 2014 State Center Idea Exchange meetings—at which we will be marking, at least informally, the 30th anniversary of our state affiliates program—are Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2. Unfortunately, this year we were unable to obtain meeting space at the Library of Congress in order to coordinate with ALA Legislative Day activities. (This is a tough year for scheduling; as you know, the National Book Festival is on Labor Day Saturday, August 30). We will begin with our all day meeting and reception on May 1, followed by special discussions the next morning May 2 on Letters About Literature, River of Words, and the Literacy Awards Program.
As indicated on the next page, your ideas about topics to be covered in our discussions on May 1 are welcome. Suggestions for moderators/discussion leaders are also welcome. Because this is our 30th year (the first affiliate was Florida in 1984), this is an especially appropriate time for both assessing our accomplishments as a network and looking to what changes would be useful in the future. With this in mind, I hope we can organize a special panel/discussion drawing on the experiences/opinions of our “veteran” coordinators—ideas and volunteers needed. We also are inviting colleagues from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Library and Museum Services to join us for the day and reception following. Please feel free to invite colleagues from the Washington, D.C. area to the reception, keeping Anne informed of the results.
Please see the attachment for details. Note that Thursday, April 11 2014, is the deadline for 1) applying for travel assistance. We have NOT reserved a block of rooms at any hotel this year as many of you find better rates on your own. However, Anne will be glad to help you find a room if you let her know very soon. A list of hotels with easy access to the Library and the Metro is also attached.
Please send a SUMMARY of your center’s activities since the last meeting to Guy Lamolinara ([log in to unmask]) by April 11. (See attachment for details.)
The economy continues to be a big concern, but we are able to continue to offer travel assistance in hopes of seeing as many of you as possible. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for discussion at the meetings, please get in touch with Anne at [log in to unmask] or 202-707-1519.
Cc: Anne Boni, Guy Lamolinara, Staceya Sistare, Karen Jaffe, Robert Casper, Jill Davis