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Discussion Information on ALA Connect in response to questions/comments on Council discussion list

by Mary Ghikas on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 06:20 pm

The attached document was posted to the ALA Council discussion list by Mary Ghikas, in response to comments and questions about ALA Connect, on 12 May 2009. 

Discussion Division of Councilors in ALAConnect

by Diedre Conkling on Sat, May 9, 2009 at 03:42 am

I am not thrilled with what I consider the artificial division of Council made by having different groups set up in ALAConnect for Chapter Councilors, Division Councilors, Round Table Councilors and Councilors-at-Large.  I think we should all be talking with each other.  I can't think of anything that I would say that just related to Councilors-at-Large.  I know that there may be some things that people think they have to discuss only with Chapter Councilors, or something like that, but I really doubt that overall this is true.  I think the majority of us are elected to Council because we c

I am not thrilled with what I consider the artificial division of Council made by having different groups set up in ALAConnect for Chapter Councilors, Division Councilors, Round Table Councilors and Councilors-at-Large.  I think we should all be talking with each other.  I can't think of anything that I would say that just related to Councilors-at-Large.  I know that there may be some things that people think they have to discuss only with Chapter Councilors, or something like that, but I really doubt that overall this is true.  I think the majority of us are elected to Council because we care about the organization as a whole.  Does this compartmentalizing really help us do this?

Also, I see that I can limit what I say in this forum to just people in the group or the public.  We are Council.  Our discussions should always be open to the public.  This should be true of all of the other groups within ALA Connect as well.  We want more openness, not less.  I think this goes in  the opposite direction of the discussions we have had about opening up discussion lists and other communication options.

 I am not against ALAConnect, though I did not feel a need for one more way to connect with all of you, but I do think we need to really think about some of these issues and how this tool is being developed.

I am also going to post this on the Council Discussion list because there are very few Councilors using this tool at this point.

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