BALIT: January 10, 2017 General Meeting Minutes
10:00-10:20 Welcome and Introductions
Frederica, Hayward. (Cyndee couldn’t make it)
Amy Sonnie & Kelly, Oakland
Amy Prevedel, Alameda
Joanna Arteaga La Spina, San Mateo County
Karla Bourdon, SSF
Pam Cornelison, San Jose
Randy Weaver, SF
10:20-11:00 BALIT Business
Ø Treasurer’s Report (Randy Weaver).
- Current BALIT account balance = $9,831.49
- Membership dues notices were emailed on January 9. Please process for payment as soon as you can.
- Online meeting alternatives to increase attendance — Go To Meeting. 10 people for $20 a month. Logging in on your desktop computer or laptop is fairly easy. It would require having at least two members who are comfortable setting up the meetings.
Ø Legislative Report (Randy Weaver)
- The Governor is wary of a coming economic downturn, so he is not likely to increase funding for legislated programs. Probably this year there will be no increase, but no decrease, in matching funds from CLLS.
Ø ALLI Update (Linda Sakamoto-Jahnke)
- Linda sick.
- Idea: Local student leadership workshop, connecting with ALLI network.
Ø California State Library—(Lisa Dale will email a report to be shared at meeting)
- FYI: Lisa is leaving her position as of January 31.
Ø Database for State Report. Questions from BALIT about this.
- Berry Weiss’s Access-based database & Lit Pro/Laces – were discussed.
Topics for discussion
Ø Annual BALIT Retreat
- Retreat Planning Committee (Karla Bourdon will lead with other volunteers). They will confirm the date, host site, and presentations.
- Topic Idea: Basic Literacy apps to increase literacy learning.
- Last 2/3 years we’ve averaged 50 people, both program coordinators and tutor/learner coordinators.
- Places brainstormed: There was some interest in having the retreat be away from a library setting – someplace more “retreat” like.
Ø General Discussion: What is on the horizon for 2017? (Major trends, issues, program goals, new resources, etc.)
- More request for Citizenship assistance.
- Dep. of Elections. League of women voters offering workshops on voting basics.
- Since Election, increase in number of those wanting to volunteer – make a difference in their community.
- Drop in learning lab. Amy Prevedel is offering a drop-in learning lab with tutors to help learners enrolled in the program. To some extent, this has replaced the model of one-to-one matching of tutors and learners.
- News For You reading club.
- BALIT members might want to work collaboratively to review of instructional apps and provide ongoing vetting and recommendations.
Ø Career Online High School (COHS) Program Update
- Issues with recruiting and content.
- Perhaps this could be an ongoing topic at future BALIT meetings.
Future topics for discussion (meeting ended before there was time for this discussion)
Ø Upcoming Meetings:
April 11, 2017 San Francisco Public Library
STUDENT RESOURCES FOR LITERACY TUTORS
Literacy Interest Group Afternoon Workshop
Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 1:15 PM – 4:15 PM
Anyone involved in adult literacy knows it’s a different beast than early or child literacy. In this preconference session, we’ll look at books, apps, and more for adult learners, as well as information on learning disabilities and student resources. This session will be mixed format, with a presentation, hands on activities, and displays.
Below is a direct link to a job announcement for a part-time Interim Adult Literacy Services Coordinator postion at the Sonoma County Library. Please share with anyone interested in this opportunity.
News from the CLLS office of the California State Library–May 20, 2013
- The application for CLLS 2014 funding will probably be due in mid-June. It will be a simplified process involving mainly a proposed budget for the coming year.
- Each regional network is still eligible to use $1,000 of state funds to cover the cost of presenting best practices workshops for their members. Carla is working to update the list of suggested workshops. Please send her email with your ideas for new workshops or your feedback on what’s already been presented. Also, money from this account can be used to reimburse the travel expenses of literacy coordinators and staff attending regional (BALit) meetings.
- The CLLS 30th Anniversary is approaching in 2014. Carla is thinking of using the anniversary as a state-wide “call to action” to increase public awareness and recruit volunteers and learners. One idea is to have a number of commemorative events at various locations around the state–perhaps sponsored by regional networks—which could take place on or around Literacy Day in September 2014. There is even a possibility of producing short (1 to 2 minute) video testimonials by learners, tutors and library staff. Robin Mortarotti, who produced Literacy: Adult Learners’ Perspectives, is interested in becoming involved with this project once again.
- The CLLS Webinar format (offered on February 27) will probably be used again to bring library literacy staff together for information sharing.
- Carla is looking for ideas as to how the State Library might help with the transition to the new GED testing format in 2014. Please send her any ideas you might have on this important matter.