ALA Council Committee
Fellow Councilors and ALA Staff,
I’d like to take advantage of your collective memory to ask whether ALA has done:
1) A study of the effectiveness of our passed resolutions AND/OR
2) Established criteria for what constitutes effectiveness (i.e. What are we trying to accomplish with our resolutions? )
If either of these things have been done, where would I find reports of them?
If we haven't done either 1 or 2, I think it might be helpful to think about what we want our resolutions to do once we've passed them.
- Only defined by a policy change by whomever we sent the resolution to?
- Receiving a non form letter written acknowledgment that our resolution has been received?
- Knowing that our message has been read by people outside the library field?
- Knowing that people have taken some sort of action in support of our resolution?
- Knowing out most librarians in this country know what stand we have taken?
- The simple fact that we have placed ALA into the public record?
Once we decide what success is, how should we measure it?
Apologies if this issue has been studied to death already. If so, anyone else interested in reviewing the studies with me?
The survey should take less than five minutes to complete.
For your consideration and discussion I have attached a document that follows up on Council's action at the 2013 Annual Conference to improve the nature of reporting by ALA and Council Committees. (I is the "Committee communication issues" document.) I have also attached an updated report on reporting behavior by ALA and Council committees and, thanks to Lois Ann's fine service, the transcript of the relevant portion of the Council II meeting in Chicago.
Additional attachments include an article on committee management from the Non Profit Report (which was included as an appendix to COO's 2013 AC report to Council).
And for those of you curious about history, I have attached Council meeting transcripts from the 1990s when there were multiple discussions of this issue. (I think that they demonstrate that Council works more effectively today!)
Rather than risk repeating the history of a committee proposal that yo-yos back and forth over several years between COO and Council, I hope that Councilors will share your thoughts, ideas, proposals, etc., on this issue between now and January 24.
These documents have also been shared with COO. I will share with Council COO members' ideas and vice versa.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to do ALA business before you get to the conference city, here is an opportunity to put that in action!
Thank you for giving this your careful consideration.