BOG Meeting Minutes — June 24, 2009

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1. Minutes. The minutes of June 17, 2009, were accepted.

2. Resignation of Governor Stine. Governor Stine announced her resignation and said she had accepted a position with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The Board congratulated Ms. Stine and thanked her for her service.

3. Grievances. Vice President Moteff summarized the basis of a committee recommendation to take the A&P grievance to arbitration, noting that the grievance is specifically over management’s refusal of CREA’s assertion of a right to bargain the potential adverse impact of publishing author e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Governor Jefferson moved that CREA take the grievance to arbitration. Governor Harlan seconded. Discussion turned to potential arbitration costs. President Roth outlined CREA’s proposal for the selective removal of author contact information from individual products deemed to be especially sensitive, likely to provoke harassment, or the documented cause of harassment. After more discussion, the motion carried.

4. Investment Committee Report on Proposed Constitutional Changes. Governor Tilson presented an Investment Committee proposal, to be voted on by the Board and presented as a referendum during annual elections, to change the makeup of the Financial Committee from three members to one, and to give the Board the right to establish and modify investment policies and operational guidance. Accompanying the proposed constitutional changes will be a statement to the membership about CREA’s longstanding strategy of investing in safe, government-backed securities, and an assurance that the strategy will continue under the new provisions. Discussion ensued. Governor Stine moved that the Board approve the committee’s proposal and that the committee return in two weeks with a draft statement. Governor Moscatiello seconded. After further discussion, Governor Stine agreed that the motion could be tabled until the proposal and statement are presented as a package.

5. Purchase of Laptop. Governor Harlan briefed the Board on products under consideration and said a formal recommendation would be made in a few weeks.

6. CRS Response to 2008 LC Survey. Questions continued from the previous meeting over the structure, timetable, and implementation of the Service’s Action Plan in response to the findings of the Library employee survey. A consensus emerged that the Service’s Office Heads would provide needed perspective as the Action Plan committees undertake their work.

7. Library Tech and Career Opportunity Positions. President Roth reported that KSG staff in Library tech positions had been placed on a promotion ladder from GS-5 to GS-8, and that training opportunities under the Career Opportunity Program had been made available.

Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m.


Vanessa Burrows

Beverly Campbell

Valerie Grasso

Shelley Harlan

Julius Jefferson

Jim McCarthy

Lisa Moscatiello

Jack Moteff

M-J Oboroceanu

Brian Reeder

Dennis Roth

Maxim Shvedov

David Smole

Bryan Sinquefield

Katherine Smitherman

Debbie Stine

Mallary Stouffer

Sibyl Tilson