May 1, 2009 (Vol. 15, No. 13) – President’s Message

***Message From your OLA President
“A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth.” (Lao-tzu)

Yes, it seems like there’s a pile of earth in front of OLA right now.

We learned just prior to the OLA conference that Professional Administrative Services, our association management company, is streamlining and needs to let OLA go as a client. While HB 2586, the strengthening school libraries bill, passed out of the Education Committee this week, a surprising threat to school libraries (and other school support activities) became known in SB 441 in the Senate Education and General Government Committee. Funding for the Ready to Read program in the State Library’s budget is an unknown outcome as the Legislature gathers input about budget priorities in the hearings sponsored by the Joint Ways and Means Committee.

Fortunately, “no OLA president is an island” and there are dedicated OLA and OASL members to work on “moving the earth” for all these challenges. We’re in a good position financially due to the excellent OLA conference in April–I give credit and appreciation to the great conference committee under Robert Hulshof-Schmidt’s leadership that planned and executed the 2009 conference. Thanks, Robert, Diana Purdie (Committee Administration), Jane Nichols (Program), Arlene Weible (Local Arrangements), Bill Kelm (Equipment), Michele Burke (Exhibits), Bev Ecklund (Exhibits), Suzanne Sager (Communications), Caleb Tucker-Raymond (Website), Abigail Elder (Meals), Sue Kunda (Showcase), Kate Rubick (Speakers), Garrett Trott (Registration), Robin Puccetti (Onsite Registration), and John Repplinger (logo design).

— Mary Ginnane, President,