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The ISS section always organizes a tour of independent schools for ALA Annual and it's usually well-attended with great librarians both presenting and asking questions alongside you on the tour.
Are there specific schools that you know about with great programs (maybe yours?) that we should visit? It helps if there are two or three locations within reasonable distance from one another to make transportation easier amid city traffic.
Consider also if there's a less traditional location - a museum space for children or teens, a makerspace, etc. that should also be considered. Since being an independent school librarian means thinking outside the box, let's think about where we can all get real inspiration!
Please add your thoughts in the comments below or feel free to email me directly at email@example.com to share any thoughts. Your ideas are much appreciated!
ACRL Government Relations Committee
Sunday, January 22, 2017,
1:00 – 2:30pm, Westin, Ansley Room 5
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Review of Timeline for the coming year
3. Review of 2016 ACRL Legislative Agenda with Updates on topics
4. Determine items to be included in the 2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda and who will write which parts
5. Next Meeting
6. Review action items
The current mission of the ISS Section is:
The general purpose of this section shall be in accordance with that of the American Association of School Librarians. The specific purpose of this section shall be to provide a means of discussion of and action on the problems relating to all phases of non-public school librarianship.
At the ISS Meeting at ALA Annual in June, several attendees expressed the concern that the above mission no longer fits the needs and work of the section.
So, what is our purpose? How can we frame a mission that would serve the needs of independent school librarians? How can that mission complement the work of other organizations like AISL and articulate what is unique about the ISS Section?
All comments and thoughts are welcome!
Week of Tuesday, January 10
Write a brief elevator speech to introduce yourself to a local elected official.
With a new presidential administration about to take office, now's the perfect time to get to know your local elected officials.
This week, write a brief elevator speech—no more than a sentence or two—to help you introduce yourself to your library community's alderman, the town mayor, or local government staff members.
Use the the elevator speech infographic created by the ALSC Public Awareness Committee to learn the nuts and bolts of getting started.
Be sure to keep your audience in mind as you craft your message so your elevator speech resonates with him, her, or them.
Next week, you'll try out your elevator speech as part of an introduction you'll make by phone or in person!
Post your elevator speeches here along with your successes and challenges so we can start a great discussion about Week One.
Join the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) at a well-deserved Happy Hour!
Sunday, January 22, 4:30-6:30
265 Peachtree Center Avenue [map]
Spread the word!
for more info contact Rachel Dobkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear ALA Leader—
The ALA Conference Committee is seeking your feedback as we work to remodel the ALA Annual Conference. Mary Ghikas, ALA’s Senior Associate Executive Director, in consultation with the Conference Committee/Conference Program Coordinating Team and with input from ALA conferences services, division staff and roundtable/ALA committee staff liaisons, has developed a remodel proposal for our upcoming 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.
As we worked on its development, we had the following objectives in mind:
- Create a more manageable and more easily navigable Annual Conference
- Provide high-quality continuing education in content streams relevant to individuals from different types of libraries and in different specializations
- Eliminate to the extent possible conflict between programs in the same content stream or during the same time periods
- Provide peer-to-peer learning and networking aligned with contract streams through discussion/interest groups
- Continue to provide an exceptional exhibition of products and services for the library community, as well as an opportunity for authors and librarians to interact
- Provide integrated content information—including programs and discussion groups, as well as interactions with authors and exhibitors
- Support the governance of the Association by providing a venue for both essential governance meetings and collaborative work
- Address attendee dissatisfaction with the spread-out campus by reducing campus size by approximately 50%
- Control costs by reducing campus spread, eliminating or reducing room turns and increasing consistency in practice
- Increase sustainability, both financial and environmental
The Conference Committee values your input. We particularly encourage all units of the Association and affiliates who produce programming, hold discussion/interest groups, and/or hold meetings at Annual Conference to review the remodel proposal. You may post your comments right here on the Conference Committee’s connect space.
The Conference Committee feels this remodel provides a better conference experience for all participants, as well as long-term sustainability for our association.
Clara Bohrer, Chair
ALA Conference Committee