The two big pieces of news:
- LibraryLinkNJ Executive Director Cheryl O'Connor announced that her Board had voted unanimously to accept an extra $50,000 from the State Library and continue to run QandANJ through early September. A big thanks to LibraryLinkNJ Board members and Cheryl O'Connor!
- The NJLA Executive Board will appoint a Task Force to chart out a path forward for QandANJ
If there was a recurring theme of the day I'd say it was transparency. A good part of the afternoon was spent in small group discussions aimed, ostensibly, at providing guidance for the as-yet-unnamed Task Force. During report-backs from the groups the issue of transparency came up repeatedly. Whatever happens to QandANJ -- or any other shared service -- in the future, we want to be part of an informed discussion and offer input into how our limited shared resources are used.
Again, progress was made on Friday. But there is also a lot of work ahead. The as-yet-unnamed Task Force will have its work cut out for it, and a fairly short timeline in which to operate. The clock is ticking. Stay tuned... (or follow along on Facebook.)
Note added 5/16, 10:45 AM: A HUGE if belated public thank you to Michael Maziekien, NJLA Reference Section Chair, and the NJLA Reference Section for calling this meeting in spite of pushbacks from those who thought an open discussion was either unnecessary or otherwise politically problematic. I am greatly appreciative of Michael's leadership, sense of professional responsibility, and the amazing integrity and fairness he has displayed throughout this process.