Magazine article American Libraries

Executive Board Approves $13.7 Million Cap for FY 1988; Responds to Nomination of Billington as Librarian of Congress

Magazine article American Libraries

Executive Board Approves $13.7 Million Cap for FY 1988; Responds to Nomination of Billington as Librarian of Congress

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Executive Board approves $13.7 million cap for FY 1988; Responds to nomination of Billington as Librarian of Congress

AT THE SPRING MEETING OF THEALA Executive Board* at Headquarters April 29-30, main topics included the FY 1988 budget, the new Librarian of Congress designate, and complex questions relating to the future of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA, see box).

* President Regina U. Minudri, President-electMargaret E. Chisholm, Treasurer Patricia Schuman, Executive Director Thomas J. Galvin, Immediate Past President Beverly P. Lynch, Patricia W. Berger, Margaret L. Crist, Arthur Curley, J. Dennis Day, Elizabeth D. Futas, Duane F. Johnson, Carla Stoffle, and Lucille C. Thomas.

In his Management Report, Executive DirectorTom Galvin stated that as of February 1987, total ALA membership stood at 35,570, compared with 32,966 on the same date in 1986. In the first six months of this fiscal year, 3,776 new members were added, compared with 3,294 in the comparable period last year. Since Sept. 1, 183 life members have been added, far exceeding the goal of 75.

Operating revenues for the current year,Galvin said, totaled $9,034,538, 18 percent higher than last year. The successful life membership campaign generated $294,000 net, and will be transferred to the Endowment Fund. ALA's cash position continues to be very strong: "We currently have $2,675,000 in cash and short-term investments as compared to $812,000 last year,' Galvin said. The Huron Plaza mortgage is being refinanced by the Lake Shore Bank at a rate of 7.75 percent, which should generate substantial savings.

Galvin also reported that the Field Foundationand the Benton Foundation have provided grants totaling $25,000 to support the Coalition on Government Information. The coalition was organized by the ALA Washington Office in 1986 to ensure equal and available access to government information.

Use of ALA's toll-free telephone line, installedin May 1986 as an experiment, has increased dramatically, from 2,100 calls in September to more than 6,200 in February, Galvin stated. As a result, management has requested immediate installation of additional lines to reduce the "busy signal' rate that was running above the 40-percent level at times.

$13.7 million ceiling for FY 1988

Chair Richard Olsen of the Committee onProgram and Support (COPES) recommended a tentative General Fund FY 1988 budget ceiling of $13,684,174, a 1.8-percent excess of revenues over expenditures. The Executive Board approved the ceiling as well as related COPES recommendations.

The budget supports 13 new or expandedinitiatives representing ALA priority activities as ranked by the Planning Committee. They include, in addition to the toll-free phone line, the Office for Library Personnel Resources Pay Equity Project, an Office for Research collection of legislation statistics, an Intellectual Freedom workshop, and lobbying materials and workshops directed by the ALA Washington Office.

Capital expenditures of $227,263 were approved;the major item is the final stage of the data processing system. COPES also recommended approval of the concept of acquiring an electronic prepress publishing system with some cost savings in reduced typesetting costs, but the board deferred action on a $400,000 request until Annual Conference. The division budgets were also deferred.

Three and one-half new staff positionswere approved: a personnel director (ALA has operated without a personnel officer since 1982), an administrative secretary in Publishing Services to provide support to acquisition and development officers, and an accounting clerk and a part-time secretary in Fiscal Services.

No adjustments to the staff salary structure(minimums and maximums) were proposed for FY 1988. The budget does provide $182,000 for merit increases and improved life and disability insurance benefits. …

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