1999-2000 Annual Report

September 1999 - August 2000

2000-2001 Chapter President Rebecca Stenzel
Prescott Memorial Library
Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA  71272-0046
Chapter's Officers' Terms begin in July and end in June.
Number of ACRL National Chapter Members:  195
Dates of meetings and programs in coming year: Annual Meeting, October 12, 2000
Business Meeting and Sponsored Program (speaker TBA) at Louisiana Library Association Annual Conference, March 3-6, 2001
Independent Date of Incorporation 07/22/1998
State in which Chapter is incorporated Louisiana

Our annual meeting encourages presentations and participation by members; such presentations often help the presenters with tenure requirements and provide a means of information about new ideas and practices to our members.  As an example, last year's annual meeting featured statewide cooperative collection development efforts presented by the Southeast Regional Manager of YBP Library Services; a discussion of E-books and netLibrary; and a panel discussing collection development, fiscal issues, facility design, technology, instruction, and access.  A copy of the schedule is attached.   Future plans include a program at the state library association's annual conference and a jointly-sponsored presentation by Tom Sanville of OhioLINK at this year's ACRL/LA annual meeting.

One of the year's goals was to increase our membership through a concentrated membership drive.  Our membership had fallen to 145, and was increased to 195 (and counting!) through this drive, which is continuing.  As part of the drive, application forms were sent to designated members at all Louisiana academic libraries, who were asked to distribute them to applicable staff members.  Additionally, we continue to have a representative from Louisiana State University's School of Library and Information Science on our executive board; this student assists us in recruitment efforts among librarians-in-training.

In addition to the recruitment drive noted above, membership records were made more accessible through the creation of a searchable database, and a task force was developed to handle membership records and recruitment in a more efficient manner.  We sold copies of our biennial Directory of Academic & Research Librarians and had more copies printed; we are currently preparing an updated edition.  Thanks to a $1000 grant from NASIG, we will be presenting Tom Sanville (noted above) at this year's annual meeting.  Our newsletter has been revamped, and is used not only to disseminate information but also for recruitment purposes.