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Online Doc Letter about ALA Advocacy from Richard Dougherty and Pat Schuman

by Coral Sheldon-Hess on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 09:11 pm

Karen's message to the listserv:

At their request, I am posting to the Council list a letter of advocacy
co-authored by Richard M. Dougherty, Past President and Patricia Glass
Schuman, Past President and Past Treasurer. It is definitely worth
reading!

Cordially,

Karen G. Schneider

Discussion Any previous efforts at measuring/defining effectiveness of ALA resolutions?

by Daniel Cornwall on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 01:56 pm

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. 

Is success?

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. 

Is success?

  • 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? 

 

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Discussion PBA Survey - input requested by 3/7/14

by Aaron Dobbs on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:49 am
The PBA survey is live! 
We are contacting you because:
 
* You are on ALA Council, or 
* You appear on a roster for current members of ALA's Planning and Budget Assembly (PBA), or
* We think you are a former member of PBA. (Or maybe we just like you!)
 
We are two members of ALA Council, one a former PBA member and one current. We have created a short survey to assess your perceptions of the value PBA brings to the association and also to your experience as an ALA member.
 
The PBA survey is live! 
We are contacting you because:
 
* You are on ALA Council, or 
* You appear on a roster for current members of ALA's Planning and Budget Assembly (PBA), or
* We think you are a former member of PBA. (Or maybe we just like you!)
 
We are two members of ALA Council, one a former PBA member and one current. We have created a short survey to assess your perceptions of the value PBA brings to the association and also to your experience as an ALA member.
 
Here is the survey link:
 
 
Please complete this survey by 5 pm Friday, March 7, 2014.
The survey should take less than five minutes to complete.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact one of us. Thank you in advance for participating in this survey. We will make results available by mid-March. 
 
Karen G. Schneider
ALA Councilor at Large
Member, PBA, 2014- 2016
 
Aaron W. Dobbs
LITA Councilor
WAC Chair, 2010-2013 (therefore PBA Member, 2010-2013)
 
PS attached is the list of PBA Representatives for 2013-2014 from the PBA Connect Group.
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Discussion Follow-up to COO action at 2013 Annual Conference

by James Rettig on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 06:05 pm
Happy new year, Council members!

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.

Happy new year, Council members!

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.

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Discussion What's Happening - MW2014

by Mary Ghikas (staff) on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 05:33 pm

Here is the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting version of What's Happening.  It includes program information, issues summaries, final pre-Midwinter registration numbers, membership statistics -- and some useful contact information.  Feel free to share.  I loaded both a .doc and a .pdf version.  It's 22 pages -- and the last page is the list of phone numbers.

As usual, this was put together with a lot of assistance from staff all across the Association.

mg

Event Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

At each Midwinter Meeting, there shall be a joint information session with the Membership, Council, and the Executive Board.

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Event ALA Council III

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

This is a meeting of the governing and policy making body of the Association.

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Event ALA Council I

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

This is a meeting of the governing and policy making body of the Association.

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Event ALA Council II

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

This is a meeting of the governing and policy making body of the Association.

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Event ALA Council Forum I

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

This meeting allows councilors an opportunity to iscuss issues that they will face during this Midwinter meeting.

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