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.Read More
The following are BALIT Meeting Minutes from Tuesday October 11, 2016:
BALIT General Meeting October 11, 2016
In Attendance: Sherry Drobner (Richmond Library- host), Linda Sakamoto-Jahnke (Berkeley Public Library), Bette Shields (Benicia Public Library), Mellissa Trunick (Sonoma County Library), Randy Weaver (San Francisco), Karla Bourdon (South San Francisco), Cherelyn Ellington Hunt (Solano County Library), Carey Jones (Livermore Library), Lisa Dale (State Library), Susan Clark (Common Knowledge, Inc.), Ray Jackson (adult learner – Berkeley Library)
- Treasurer’s Report: Randy reported a current balance of $10,110.48 in the BALit account. Dues invoices for the current year will be mailed in late December/early January.
- CLA Legislative Committee Report: Randy mentioned that a recent library needs survey sponsored by CLA has indicated that 30% of California libraries would like to add literacy services if additional money was available. Unfortunately, at this point the kind of services they are interested in (adult literacy, ESL, family literacy, etc.). has not been specified. At the CLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee sponsored workshop at CLA, more information may be presented.
- ALLI Boot Camp: Carey and Lisa reported that this year, Adult Learner Leadership Institute meetings will be held at Modesto in February, Carlsbad in March and Redding in May. Programs are encouraged to send learners – expenses paid – to the most convenient location (Modesto, probably).
- State Library Report:
- Lisa Dale mentioned that there will be 4 new CLLS programs beginning this year, making the total number of library literacy programs 106.
- There is still space for programs to join the online tutor training project.
- Lisa hopes to redesign the CLLS online report this year and will reach out to program coordinators for their input.
5. New Resume Project – presentation by Ray Jackson, Susan Clark, and Linda Sakamoto-Jahnke. This learner-centered project was funded by FY 15/16 Pacific Library Partnership Innovation Opportunity Grant entitled Peer Inspired Support for Job Seekers; it is designed to help adult learners understand the value of their life experiences and create resumes that feature these real life skills. Susan, Ray and their team of Berkeley learners have designed am engaging workshop-“New Resume Project”- which is available to local library programs who’d like to gather learners and tutors interested in discovering more about this topic. You can contact Linda at Berkeley Reads for more information; the follow- up information in regards to scheduling this workshop for the BALIT programs will be posted on the listserv.
6. Annual BALit Retreat Feedback: Members spoke about this year’s retreat, which featured presentations on the effects of trauma on learning. The group felt that these retreats, which combine bay area literacy coordinators and tutor-learner managers, should be continued. Karla Bourdon and Cherelyn Hunt volunteered to work on the plans for this year’s 2017 June retreat.
7. Future BALit Meetings: Members suggested planning some specific informational presentations for future meetings on topics such as Learning Differences, Apps for Literacy Learning, GED,/HiSet and other equivalence programs. Linda, Randy and Melissa invited others to join the BALit Executive Committee, possible in the roles of Co-Chair. There is a modest amount of time commitment (2 hours per month) and a world of satisfaction involved with planning and facilitating BALit meetings.
BALIT Executive CommitteeRead More
Save this date (June 16) for an informative and rewarding retreat. More information to come – stay tuned!Read More
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.Read More
BALIT's annual member retreat will be held at the Berkeley Central Library on Tuesday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- The mornng session will include an inspirational presentation by Nicole Shapiro entitled "Negotiating for Your Life in Times of Change".
- Following a complimentary lunch, we will have two afternoon workshops on the topics of grant writing and a topic to be chosen by our tutor-learner coordinators group.