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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of February 18, 2006

Follett Library Resources and CTLA hosted our February breakfast meeting at the Chicago Athletic Association, located at 12 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603. We came out to learn what's new at Follett and what's old to be auctioned at our annual February Penny Auction hosted by Margie Fashing.

The Follett representatives of the CPS team of Account Managers demonstrated the newest updates to Titlewave, including the ability to order materials via Titlewave through the iPurchase system. Follett Library Resources also extended a special invitation for all interested CTLA members to attend a tour of the "Coretta Scott King Book Awards" exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, immediately after the breakfast meeting. It honors heroes in history with illustrations from Coretta Scott King award books, 2001-2005 in galleries 10 and 12. The artists in this exhibition have illustrated a range of books about people who have made a difference in the lives of others. These stories and pictures embody universal values and appeal to children and adults of all cultural backgrounds. CPS identification was required. Charlie Gunn, our membership secretary, stated that our membership is about 170 and that an update may be obtained on this website. Forms were available for membership.

Toby shared with us how to get information update from the Department of Libraries: go to the CPS web site, then go to the Office of Instructional Management; there you will see Department of Libraries to click on. March 1st is Library Advocacy Day to go down to Springfield to ask them for funding libraries. All librarians are invited to go and speak with their political representative. The aria library learning community meetings are all in March." You are entitled to a sub paid by the Department of Libraries if you wish to attend. Your area librarian will notify you. One Book One Chicago for Spring is: "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich."

Follett representatives showed us how they help us in a small way to impact children through their materials. They talked about the life and legacy of Cloretta Scott King and gave titlewave demonstrations. Titlewave is the most powerful online collection development and curriculum support tool available. A Collection Development Search can assist you in searching for titles you need for your school. Title Wise takes the quest work out of collection development. It is the quickest, easiest, and most comprehensive online collection analysis tool available. This service is available at no charge to all Follett Library Resources customers. Within minutes of sending them your data, you'll receive reports detailing the make-up of your collection comparing your collection to other grade-appropriate recommended school library collections, and detailing incomplete records. Log on to Regarding grants: if the goal of your grant is strengthening your school library collection to improve student academic achievement and address the needs of the learning community, Follett Library Resources can help you with the quantitative information you need for grants.

We are locked into and agreement with Baker and Taylor until May 1st; after that contract, you will have a new pool of strategic source vendors.

Marchel'le Renise Barber, the owner of Martha's Crib, was a special guest. Barber is a vendor in Chicago Public Schools and sells a cute country wooden sign that reads: "Kids Are My Business". It features a teacher surrounded with multicultural children. The sign may also be personalized for libraries.

The meeting ended with a raffle from Follett. In addition, Marge Fashing led our annual Penny Auction, where members bought auction tickets for great things we have recycled and no longer need or use in our library but may still be wanted by others.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary