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Discussion COO Annual Conference 2014 report

by James Rettig on Sun, Jun 29, 2014 at 11:45 am

Attached is the ALA Committee on Organization's report on work it completed at the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jim Rettig

COO Chair, 2013-14

Discussion COO Meetings at 2104 Annual Conference

by James Rettig on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

COO's meetings in Las Vegas are scheduled:

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014  from  10:30-11:30  in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N216
  • Sunday, June 30, 2014  from  3:00-3:00  in the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N216

Discussion ALA COO document handling

by James Rettig on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 02:01 pm

COO members (and followers, if COO has any!), please keep in mind that if you want to work from paper documents during the COO meetings in Las Vegas, please bring your own.  Paper copies will not be distributed at the meetings.

Kerri Price, our staff liaison, will post them here on Connect later today.

See you in Las Vegas (where the daily average high temperature for late June is 102 and average low is 74 ).

Discussion Lifespan of Membership Initiative Groups

by James Rettig on Sat, Jun 7, 2014 at 01:03 pm

The attached documents provide COO's history on the lifespan of Member Initiative Groups.  The cover sheet of the large PDF lists the documents in which COO has dealt with that issue.  The cover sheet also identifies key passages regarding MIG renewal periods and processes.

The shorter Word document is limited to the Guidelines and where they do and don't apear in the ALA Policy Manual; although one page on the ALA site implies that they are part of ALA policy.

The attached documents provide COO's history on the lifespan of Member Initiative Groups.  The cover sheet of the large PDF lists the documents in which COO has dealt with that issue.  The cover sheet also identifies key passages regarding MIG renewal periods and processes.

The shorter Word document is limited to the Guidelines and where they do and don't apear in the ALA Policy Manual; although one page on the ALA site implies that they are part of ALA policy.

This issue will be on the COO agenda in Las Vegas.  As the document show,  ideas have been proposed but apparently not acted on.

I think they key question is:  How do we help members do entrepreneurial things within ALA with as little bureaucracy as possible?

I will indeed be at the conference and look forward to our meetings.

Jim Rettig

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Discussion Librarians Build Communities Membership Initiative Group

by James Rettig on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 08:35 pm

COO has received a petition to establish the Librarians Build Communities Membership Initiative Group.

This grew out of a recent Emerging Leaders project.  For additional information about this group's genesis and ambitions for the future, see http://www.ala.org/groups/lbc

COO has received a petition to establish the Librarians Build Communities Membership Initiative Group.

This grew out of a recent Emerging Leaders project.  For additional information about this group's genesis and ambitions for the future, see http://www.ala.org/groups/lbc

They are eager to get going on this project as a MIG.  COO simply certifies that a group has secured at least 100 signatures on a petition and then Notifies the ALA Council that a MIG has been created.  Nevertheless, COO needs and opportunity to discuss this.  I propose two concurrent approaches to this:

  1. Add comments here to this Connect post (COO members only, please)
  2. A poll in Connect that is limited to COO members to vote yes or no on the question of whether or not this requires discussion at the Annual Conference.  A vote YES means you think we should defer action until late Jun and the Annual Conference; a vote NO means you don't think we need to wait until June but can instead inform the petition organizers and the Council in early May that this new MIG has been established.

Watch for the poll and please vote!

 

Librarians Build Communities Membership Initiative Group statement of purpose:

To provide library workers with information about skills-based volunteering so that they can plan and carry out volunteer programs benefiting libraries and other social service organizations in communities that can benefit from organized, targeted volunteer events.  Skills can include the skills that library workers exercise every day in their jobs (e.g., short-term cataloging projects, book repair, technology projects, story hours) as well as other skills such as painting, basic home/school/library building repair and improvement, carpentry, gardening and yard work etc.  Assistance includes, but is not necessarily limited to advice and toolkits on how to develop a relationship with a library or community agency that can host an event and how to plan, organize, manage, recruit volunteers, obtain needed supplies or equipment, evaluate results, and share lessons learned with the library community so volunteer initiatives can grow and become a viral form of library advocacy.  Skills-based volunteering can, literally, be grass roots advocacy.

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Discussion COO Report from 2014 Midwinter Meeting

by James Rettig on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 07:48 am

COO members and others,

 

Attached is COO's report on our discussions at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.  I hope that I have successfully incorporated our suggestions.

This does not address the issue of where reports can/should be posted and disseminated.  That isn't a simple matter; yet it certainly merits COO's consideration.

Discussion COO in the news

by James Rettig on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 09:09 pm

Congratulations to current COO member Gina Persichini and COO alumnus (several times over) Peter Hepburn--on Monday both of them were elected to a three-year term on the ALA Executive Board.  Their terms begin at the conclusion of the 214 Annual Conference.

It may be that COO has been part of the experience of more EB members in recent years than any other committee.  Probably not cause and effect, but I like to think it is more than coincidence!  Other include Stephen Matthews, Janet Swan Hill, John Moorman, and me.

Jim Rettig

Discussion COO Meetings in Philadelphia

by James Rettig on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

COO members,

If your preference is working with paper documents, please be sure to print the COO documents and bring your copies with you to Philadelphia.  In the interests of economy for ALA and its greening efforts, we will not be supplying paper copies of the documents in Philadelphia.

Bring warm clothes with you; the predicted temperature ranges from 15 to 34 for Friday and Saturday.

See you there!

Jim Rettig

Discussion Council comments on committees' commuication Jan 12-14, 2014

by James Rettig on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

COO members,

I have attached a cut-and-paste transcription of comments on the Council listserv regarding the committee sunsetting issue. 

I have also attache a document I sent to the Council listserv late last night.  No comments on it yet.

COO members' comments are most welcome--better even if they are shared sooner rather than later.

 

Jim Rettig

Discussion Follow-up to COO action at 2013 Annuakl Conference

by James Rettig on Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 12:10 pm

COO members,

Attached is a discussion document plus a lot of background documents.  Some of you have seen the background documents in the past.

Please read the discussion document and share your ideas here.  I hope you won't wait until the Midwinter Meeting.  I will not know, probably until about January 17 (or later), if I have permission to come to MW.  Believe it or not, the ultimate decision on that is made by a nameless functionary in the Pentagon!

COO members,

Attached is a discussion document plus a lot of background documents.  Some of you have seen the background documents in the past.

Please read the discussion document and share your ideas here.  I hope you won't wait until the Midwinter Meeting.  I will not know, probably until about January 17 (or later), if I have permission to come to MW.  Believe it or not, the ultimate decision on that is made by a nameless functionary in the Pentagon!

I am also going to share this with the ALA Council today.  I will share with COO comments that come from the Council listserv.

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Charge: To advise and assist regarding structural and organizational concerns in ALA. To recommend to council the establishment or discontinuance of divisions, round tables, membership initiative groups, ALA committees, assemblies and joint committees, as the needs of the association may require. To define the functions of these units, subject to the approval of council. To recommend to council the establishment, including the name and size, of other standing committees to consider matters of the association that require continuity of attention by the members. To recommend to executive board the appropriate unit to appoint official representatives to outside organizations. To receive notification of the formation of interdivisional committees.

Composition: The Committee on Organization consists of 13 members for two-year staggered terms; chairperson appointed annually.

 

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