BOARD OF PUBLICATIONS
March 2, 2009
The ACB Board of Publications met via teleconference on March 2, 2009 at approximately 9:05pm (EST). Members present were: Paul Edwards, Jenine Stanley, Marcia Dresser, Judy Jackson and Ken Stewart. Ex oficio members present were: Barry Levine and Ron Milliman. ACB Staff and volunteers present were: Sharon Lovering and Carla Ruschival.
Carla Ruschival spoke to the BOP about availability of time slots for workshops during the national convention. Jenine moved that the BOP reserve Thursday, July 9, 2009 3:00pm to 4:30pm at the latest for a workshop, the subject of which is yet to be determined. The motion was seconded and approved.
The convention BOP meeting will take place on Sunday, July 5 from 10:30am to noon. Jenine will send Carla these dates in an email to confirm.
PR Committee Report:
Ron reported that the committee will be reexamining the mentoring program. He hopes to improve participation. He also noted that he views the PR Committee’s role as supporting the affiliates in their PR efforts and allowing the national office staff to handle press releases. Finally he noted that the PSA handbook still has some interest and would like to put it on the table for discussion at future meetings of the committee. Judy moved to accept Ron’s report. The motion was seconded and approved.
Paul reported that the ACB Board of Directors did not pass a budget during its mid year meeting. Although the ACB board did pass the revenue side of the budget, it was returned to the Budget Committee for review. The Budget Committee was charged with returning a balanced budget to the board. Paul noted that some BOP programs were being considered for cuts including Acb Radio. The Braille forum issues were not in danger of being cut at the time. Details on exact budget cuts should be available after the March 11 ACB Board meeting.
Sharon will send score sheets for the Hollis K. Liggett Braille Free Press Award. Score sheets are due back to Sharon by March 15.
Candidates Page Article:
Marcia, Ken and Judy agreed to work on the Candidates Page article for submission to Sharon by March 6.
In the Board of Publications Editions Evaluation Procedure, (BOPEEP), members of the BOP review each format of the magazine, for general content and errors. Everyone reported on various issues of the Braille forum they have reviewed. Thus far there were no errors in publications received by BOP members since January.
Braille forum Press Corps:
Ken proposed that the BOP spearhead the Braille Forum Press Corps, a group of people who could be called upon for a variety of duties from article writing to work in the press room during convention. Ken moved to create the Braille forum Press Corps with a more detailed presentation of its duties at the April meeting. The motion was seconded and approved.
Selection of Braille forum Articles:
Ken posed the question of the appropriateness of more than one article by the same author in an issue of the Forum. The group agreed that they would leave this decision to Sharon’s discretion unless otherwise indicated by complaints.
Ken provided language from another magazine to consider as a copyright statement. Paul said he would propose this language to Melanie Brunson and have something for the group before the next meeting.
The next meeting of the BOP will take place via conference call on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 9:00pm (EDT).
Adjournment. Paul moved to adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved. The meeting adjourned at approximately 10:50pm (EST).