Following Bill Ivey’s speech was the business meeting. Very few people stayed. That’s what happens when there’s no exciting and contentious issues to be voted on. Last year the room was packed because of the proposed name change. This year there wasn’t even a printed agenda, as the meeting was primarily speeches — and highly self-congratulatory ones at that. A recap of the past year, focusing on all the new stuff. New executive director, new values statement, new headquarters (and yesterday the deal closed on the old hq building — it was sold to the German Marshall Fund), new logo, etc. Two new divisions are proposed: Medical and Government. There’s a new caucus: Archives.
The Treasurers Report concluded that SLA’s fiscal outlook is "challenging but not insurmountable" and expected the association to break even next year.
Ethel Salonen’s incoming president speech was notable in that she began by thanking the staff at her company for their support of her professional activities outside the company. She told stories of some inspiring libraries and librarians and chose Leadership as her presidential year theme. She ended by admitting she’s a hard core Trekkie (Star Trek fan) and admonished us all to emulate Capt. Jean-Luc Picard’s admonition to his staff to "Make It So!"