BCLTA meets remotely through conference calls or virtual meeting rooms, such as through Zoom, for board meetings and other BCLTA business.
We know that building board connections and engagement, and managing the mechanics of a remote access board meeting, can be challenging.
We also know that with some smart pointers and practice that the benefits of keeping in touch and purposefully continuing with building the governance team outweigh the challenges.
- Margaret H. Greenberg, Verizon, March 13, 2020
1. Start with something positive.
2. Play your whole team.
3. Make “being present” mandatory.
4. Meet regularly.
5. Practice the “peak-end rule”.
- Simon Brandon, World Economic Forum, March 20, 2020
Summary from the article:
- Ensure everyone understands how to use the technology.
- Absent the usual social cues, those running meetings must be careful to include everyone – and to limit speechifying.
- Encourage participants to give a quick tour of their surroundings.
- Icebreakers and introductions are important for fostering inclusivity and communication.
- Keep attendees – and meeting length – to an absolute minimum.
- Deanna deBara, Slack, January 2, 2020
Key points include:
- Add “water cooler time” for socializing.
- Mute phones and microphones when not speaking to eliminate annoying and distracting background noise.
- Include time for introductions of everyone who is at the meeting.
- Co-Creative, N.D.
This excellent resource is succinct, applicable to library board meetings, and flexible for using what best suits the diverse needs of the board to encourage ongoing board meeting development. We really like this one!
- 6 Guidelines for Virtual Meetings
- Real Agreements for Virtual Meetings
- 10 Practices for Virtual Meetings
- Favorite Technologies
- Suggestions for Different Group Sizes
- BoardSource, 2016
- Free downloadable pdf
A Video Conference Call in Real Life
- Tripp and Tyler, November 17, 2015
You may have seen this already. We all need to see it again.
Trustees carefully consider your options for continuing to engage with the public and for ensuring transparency and accessibility during this time of physical distancing. How public library boards govern is equally important to what they govern.
For those using Zoom and other platforms, remember to be security wise.
- Forbes, April 4, 2020.
- Kate O’Flaherty, Senior Contributor
The 7 Steps
- Keep up to date
- Use passwords to protect your meeting and never share your meeting ID
- Share the password securely
- Use waiting rooms
- Manage participants
- Take control of your privacy
- Beware of phishing
- IT Services, UBC, n.d.
While written to support UBC instructors in using Zoom, the security tips apply for other virtual meetings. The following is from their section on privacy:
Zoom stores personal information on servers outside Canada. Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), it is acceptable to use Zoom provided that you use the following guidance:
- Faculty who are using the tool should inform students that the Zoom servers are located outside Canada, and that they can maintain their privacy by logging in using only their first name or a nickname, turning off their camera, and muting their microphone.
- Staff who are using Zoom for sensitive discussions should not use the Record feature.
- View default privacy settings for Zoom
- Prevent Zoom Bombings
- Best security practices for video collaboration
- Best Zoom practices for teaching
- IT World Canada, Howard Solomon, April 1, 2020