From the President

Issue: 
Volume 37, Number 1. March 2017

Greetings, OLAC Community!

Spring has sprung early here in Tallahassee, Florida—birds are singing and azaleas are blooming. I hope this spring issue of the OLAC newsletter finds you comfortably warm even if the weather is still chilly in your little corner of the globe.

It was also unseasonably warm in Atlanta, Georgia for the ALA Midwinter conference. At the OLAC Membership Meeting, Jeremy Myntti presented the results of the OLAC-MOUG Merger survey and then led a discussion on the prospect of such a merger. The Board is grateful for Jeremy's dedication and commitment in exploring this possibility. This potential merger was also discussed at the MOUG conference in Orlando this past February. I deeply appreciate CAPC chair Bruce Evans and OCLC Representative Jay Weitz for representing OLAC viewpoints during those meetings.

The Executive Board has been busy since December! Now that the venue for the 2017 OLAC Conference has been secured at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Virginia, the Conference Planning Committee is turning its attention to conference programming. A special shout out to Stacie Traill who has volunteered to chair the Conference Programming Committee, and many thanks to Kay Johnson, Chair of the Conference Local Arrangements Committee as well as the other members of the committees and the Board who have worked tirelessly toward making this a reality.

Elections are coming up in this April. Please watch OLAC-L for a message from the chair of the Election Committee, Marcia Barrett, concerning elections for Vice-President/President-Elect and Secretary. That ballot will also contain a question from Treasurer Autumn Faulker pertaining to the necessity for an increase in membership dues.

Other Executive Board activities include revisions to the OLAC Handbook and By-Laws by Secretary Jeannette Ho and OLAC website enhancements by Web Developer Matt Burrell and the Website Steering Committee. And last but not least, please see the CAPC report for announcements on new and returning CAPC intern and member appointments.

And keeping with the subject of appointments, I am pleased to announce that Hayley Moreno will be our new OLAC Outreach-Advocacy Coordinator! Hayley is Database Specialist II at OCLC Metadata Services & WorldCat Quality Management, and we are thrilled that she will be joining the OLAC Executive Board following ALA Annual.