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Minutes for the CTLA Meeting of November 16, 2002

The CTLA had an extraordinary luncheon spectacular at Maggiano’s Restaurant, at 616 N. Clark St., Chicago. Kori Kubitz and Associates hosted the meeting and generously provides lavish food and books. They presented hundreds of all new books on display from each of their direct publishers. The meeting was opened with minutes read and treasurer's report. The treasurer's report and current membership can be kept up with on-line at our website. You may mail run your membership. The Department of Libraries will be having workshops on integrating technology.

Volunteers are needed to work with the "Book-a-Mania" at the Harold Washington Library. Many school libraries have received matching grants; there will be another round in the spring. We have limited funds though in January you may apply. There will be some school that will receive a core collection of books. Kathy Ryan will announce which schools later, those in certain categories. School will be notified if they are among those who will receive additional books. The Department has another regional librarian to retire. Diane Walker will be retiring in December. On December 18, 2002, we will have open house at the Department to recognize Diane Walker’s retirement. It will take place between 2:00 and 4:00p.m. on that day.

The schools that have turned in their forms for the library card campaign will be getting their letters saying what categories they are in. The rewards are still the same. Kathy Ryan and Rita Dawkins are on the interviewing team for the available positions at the Department of Libraries. This will start to take place December 9, 2002. The Regional Librarians are not involved in doing the interviewing. The information will be on the website of Human Resources for those who are interested in submitting applications; though we have problems getting things on the Board’s website. Kathy Ryan is negotiation to get more databases on-line for all or our schools. The one she is now working on is Big Chalk. It was well-liked and well received. "Best of the Best" is February 4th and 5th at the Chicago Public Library. It is up to each individual school to have there own collection development policy and in the should be your school reading policy and the budget. www.marcopolo-education.org is a good website for research because it is filtered for research, lesson plans and student activities. Various members gave many other good educational websites. Hope School has a library position open. Dr. Pembroke is retiring from Beasley School.

Pat Dempsey wants to know how can one use computers in a school library when there are from 30 to 40 minutes of time per class? The teacher must space time for the students to find information on the computers. Assign different tasks to different students on a project.

The History Moment by Marge Fashing had to do with finances. What happened when she was Treasurer many years ago? She was handed a note about money owed to members, $343.00. This was before we were able to get vendors to sponsor our meals. We had vendors every other month and paid our own way. When people did not show up, CTLA footed the bill. Books were given to the members of the CTLA meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,
Maude Muhammad
Recording Secretary