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New ALA Executive Board members, J. Linda Williams and Kevin Reynolds

by Jennifer Kutzik on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:23 pm

New ALA Executive Board members, J. Linda Williams and Kevin Reynolds.

ALA President, Past-President, and LSSIRT Councilor

by Jennifer Kutzik on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 03:35 pm

Camila Alire, Jim Rettig, and Jennifer S. Kutzik prepare for ALA Council III, on July 15, 2009.

Discussion Online Voting

by Gina Persichini on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

Recent activity has me wondering about online voting.  Let's say that ALA needs Council to make a decision on something in short order. It doesn't have to be live (real time) but does need a decision within a few days. A simple yea/nay vote that indicates the councilor casting the vote and provides options for abstentions.

Recent activity has me wondering about online voting.  Let's say that ALA needs Council to make a decision on something in short order. It doesn't have to be live (real time) but does need a decision within a few days. A simple yea/nay vote that indicates the councilor casting the vote and provides options for abstentions.

In the past, such actions were taken by email, resulting in someone (the person tabulating the results) getting 150+ emails. And then there are those participating in the voting who didn't see the option to respond to an individual in time, and so all 150+ people were inundated with yea/nay votes.

Is it possible to accomplish this task of voting using ALA Connect's polling option?

At first look, I think it may not be as the poll doesn't have the option of entering the name of the user who is casting the vote.  Though, I'm uncertain if the system is collecting that behind the scenese. I didn't look.

Other options:

1. ALA staff, using the fabulous Drupal software create an online form for such voting. The address of said form being distributed only to individuals with the ability/right to vote on the matter.

2. Utilize a tool like SurveyMonkey or another online survey tool to create the poll. Again, distributing the address of the poll to only those individuals with the right to vote on the matter.

Is it possible that this could be a relatively simple and low-cost manner in which to introduce online voting for certain circumstances to the operations of ALA Council?  It would be a demonstration of Council's comittment to move toward electronic member participation.

And, not the least of the benefits, it would eliminate 100+ emails for 100+ individuals with accounts on 100+ servers all over the U.S resulting in 100+ happier system administrators concerned about valuable server space.

Just some random thoughts for Council and members to ponder.

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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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