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DEFUNCT Young Professionals Working Group

Online Doc Young Librarians Working Group draft charge

by Xima Avalos on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 02:02 pm

DRAFT CHARGE:

The Task Force will identify strategies and actions for ALA, its offices, committees, divisions and round tables to be more responsive to the young librarians who will be its members and future leaders with a goal of increasing retention rates.    

The Task Force will develop a recommended plan of action with short, medium and long-term goals for ALA to better meet the needs of young librarians.

To do that the Task Force will:

DRAFT CHARGE:

The Task Force will identify strategies and actions for ALA, its offices, committees, divisions and round tables to be more responsive to the young librarians who will be its members and future leaders with a goal of increasing retention rates.    

The Task Force will develop a recommended plan of action with short, medium and long-term goals for ALA to better meet the needs of young librarians.

To do that the Task Force will:

Investigate what affiliates and other professional associations are doing to integrate young professionals into the profession and association

  • Collect/review data on what young librarians need from ALA
  • Review ALA activities underway that may address the needs of young librarians, such as electronic participation
  • Review how ALA divisions have reorganized to streamline processes; assess if this has resulted in improved involvement and retention of young librarians.

Task Force Composition: The Task Force will include the existing eight members of the Young Turks Working Group, along with several representatives who have experience in divisions and round tables.

The Task Force will present an initial report for the October ALA Executive Board meeting, a mid-project report at Midwinter to the Board and have a final report by Annual Conference, 2010.

The Task Force will identify strategies and actions for ALA, its offices, committees, divisions and round tables to be more responsive to the young librarians who will be its members and future leaders with a goal of increasing retention rates.

WHY "YOUNG"?

The Task Force does not intend to exclude anyone based upon age. All librarians who share our concerns are invited to participate in our group space on ALA Connect, attend our meetings, and contribute to the larger conversation about making ALA more responsive and welcoming.

In early discussions, we talked about whether or not this group should focus on the needs of the 'new' library staff, or the even smaller subset of 'young' library staff.  In the end, we decided on 'young' for a couple of reasons:

  • Improving the organization's responsiveness to one group will improve its responsiveness to all groups, resulting in a better organization for everyone.
  • 'Young' will help us identify needs specific to people who are first-career library staff who have little experience as workers in general, library-related or not.

That being said, the library profession is huge and varied, and there will never be an ALA committee or association that will work for everyone. This committee is doing work that primarily focuses on one subset of librarians, but the suggestions we make will be made with the improvement of all of ALA in mind.

OFFICIAL MEMBERS

  • Liz Bishoff (co-chair)
  • Karen Downing (co-chair)
  • Xima Avalos
  • Brett Bonfield
  • Emily Ford
  • Eric Frierson
  • Kim Leeder
  • Alexandra Rivera

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS

Everyone else!

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ACRL (Committee on the) Status of Academic Librarians

Discussion SMART Goals form still being accepted

by Kathryn Deiss on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 10:02 am

Hello Status of Academic Lib'ns Committee members! The ACRL board is accepting SMART goals forms this coming week (that is an extension beyond the original Sept. 1st date). Please consider chatting online about what SMART goals you might address in the coming year and that connect to the ACRL strategic plan.

Send your SMART goals to Katie Coombes (kcoombes@ala.org)

Thanks,

Kathryn

ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Online Doc School Libraries & Education: Future Scan

by Julie Nix on Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 11:31 am

The presentation of the School Libraries & Education group is now posted.

ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion Left behind, again?

by Julie Nix on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 05:11 pm

Two things happened over the weekend that prompts this topic.  The first was receiving an email from a SLMS in AZ (where the term teacher-librarian [TL] is used.)  The other was listening to Arne Duncan, Sec.

Two things happened over the weekend that prompts this topic.  The first was receiving an email from a SLMS in AZ (where the term teacher-librarian [TL] is used.)  The other was listening to Arne Duncan, Sec. of USDOE, on a Sunday morning talk show.  "School libraries, staffed with accredited School Teacher/Librarians, form a basic foundation for all other types of libraries, yet advocating for school libraries appears to be lacking or to be ineffective.  In the state of Arizona, school district after school district is removing certified School Teacher/Librarians from public schools and replacing them with school secretaries or other office clerical help....In April of 2009, 32 K-6, K-8, and middle school Teacher/Librarians were returned to the regular classroom and replaced with secretaries from school offices.  The only remaining certified School Teacher/Librarians are in four of the district's five high schools.  This practice is becoming common in the state of Arizona" laments the TL from AZ.  Duncan's remarks repeated the well honed messages that are coming out of the USDOE.  The US must produce college and career ready graduates.  The status quo is unacceptable.  Between stimulus funds, Race to the Top, Innovation funds and the reauthorization of ESEA (the former NCLB), this administration is/will be pouring billions of dollars into public education over the next three years.  The TL from AZ reminds us that school library media programs and school librarians were completely left out of NCLB.  According to a prominent educational researcher, the school library field has a strong body of research on the impact of an effective SLM program.  Duncan consistently maintains that the USDOE is looking to fund scalable, sustainable, research-based programs.  What will it take to ensure that SLM programs are not left behind again?  If they are, how will SLMS view ALA (and AASL) in terms of impact and influence?   

 

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Online Doc Special and Government libraries and Non Profit Associations presentation

by Gregory Calloway (non-member) on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 01:56 pm

Please find attached the draft summary of the Special and Government libraries and Non Profit Associations presentation.

ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion Public Libraries Group Feedback

by Cathleen Bourdon on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 04:05 pm

Planning Group Colleagues,

Here's the draft report from the Public Libraries Group.

 

 

NMRT Student and Student Chapter Outreach

Discussion Introduction

by Coral Sheldon-Hess (non-member) on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Hello, everyone! Welcome to SASCO! I'm your committee chair, Coral Hess. The wondrous Jessica Oelcher is your assistant chair.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to SASCO! I'm your committee chair, Coral Hess. The wondrous Jessica Oelcher is your assistant chair.

There's a mailing list on Google Groups for the committee; I'm going to go through and make sure we're all on it in the near future. We used it last year, and I thought it worked fairly well. But we didn't have ALA Connect back then. Does anyone have any preferences between using this board and using the e-mail list? I think it makes sense to stick with one or the other--I value both your time and mine!--but let's vote on which it should be, eh?

In the meantime, while we're here, please introduce yourselves! Who are you? Where are you located? What do you want to see the committee accomplish? What other committees are you on? Is there anything about yourself you'd like us to know? Are there any specific schools you do or do not want to liase with? You can always send that privately to Jessica and me, if you'd rather not say here. (Aside from specific requests, we'll try to allocate schools in as geographically sensible a way as we can.)

A bit about me: I just graduated from Pitt with my MLIS at the beginning of the month. In my prior life, I was an electrical engineer. In my very-near-future life, I'll be a Web Services Librarian at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I was on SASCO and the Social committee last year, and I'm heading up this committee and volunteering on the Web committee this year. (So if you have NMRT Web Site issues, I may be able to help you out. ;)) I have three birds and a chinchilla. My job is new, so I can't promise I will make it to Midwinter, but I'll beg and plead with my administration. Jessica and I both want to be good chairs and provide you all with the support you need to, in turn, support the schools you liaise with.

As far as what I'd like to see the committee accomplish... I'd like to see us play a more active role in the various student chapters, help them pull together programs and bring in speakers, where we can, and certainly provide advice where it's wanted. As a secondary goal, I'd like us to serve as a gentle recruitment tool for NMRT (not to be actively advertisey at the chapters--just, you know, let them realize we're a friendly and welcoming group). But it's your committee, too! What do you want?

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion ALA IT summary

by Mary Ghikas on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 05:49 pm

I thought it might be helpful to you to have a summary related to what's currently on the ALA IT workplan.  Sherri Vanyek, Director, ITTS, put this together for me.  It also links you through to the ALA Connect "roadmap."

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