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Discussion Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: A Message from ALA President Barbara Stripling

by Mary Ghikas on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 02:14 pm

February 17, 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

On behalf of the ALA Executive Board, I would like to share with you our plans to move the “re-imagining ALA” conversations forward into strategic action.  As you know, ALA has been engaged in community conversations with our members over the past couple of years.  We realize that any changes we make to our organization must be based on very careful assessment of member needs and wishes, because, although we serve three constituencies (members, libraries, and the public), we must primarily be responsive to members.

February 17, 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

On behalf of the ALA Executive Board, I would like to share with you our plans to move the “re-imagining ALA” conversations forward into strategic action.  As you know, ALA has been engaged in community conversations with our members over the past couple of years.  We realize that any changes we make to our organization must be based on very careful assessment of member needs and wishes, because, although we serve three constituencies (members, libraries, and the public), we must primarily be responsive to members.

 

We started with large conversation sessions at our conferences, but broadened and deepened the dialogue to include insights from division and round table leadership, Council, focus groups, and a membership survey.  The Executive Board and ALA staff accepted the challenge to analyze and synthesize these comprehensive conversations in order to develop a strategic framework that will guide our Association as we re-conceptualize our focus, structure, operations, and culture.

 

The accompanying document outlines three strategic initiatives that reflect the conversations and deliberations of our members and member leaders.  In addition, the Executive Board has designated a set of enabling strategies for ALA to undertake to create a “welcoming, inclusive, engaged and supportive organization” that is focused on these three strategic initiatives.

 

The Executive Board invites your feedback on our thinking thus far.  This is the first step in a transparent but action-oriented process to bring our aspirations as information professionals and ALA members to life through our professional association.  Your engagement throughout the process will enable us to build on the best ideas and make high-impact changes. Please engage with us in creating an ALA community that supports our important mission: to enhance learning and ensure equitable access to information for all.

 

Barb

Barbara Stripling

ALA President, 2013-2014

 

 NOTE:  The entire document is attached and also posted below.  For ease in commenting -- and your comments are definitely encouraged -- it is reposted segment-by-segment:

   Advocacy:  connect.ala.org/node/218696

   Information Policy:  connect.ala.org/node/218695

   Professional and Leadership Development:  connect.ala.org/node/218693

   Enabling Strategies:  connect.ala.org/node/218691

 

 

 

American Library Association

 

Strategic Framework

 

“…to ensure equitable access to information for all.”

~ ALA mission statement

 

ALA will focus on three strategic initiatives:

 

  • Advocacy

ALA shall advocate the public value of librarians, libraries and information services and seek to:

  • Focus ALA’s mission and priorities working with the three constituencies:

      * ALA members;

      * libraries; and

      * the public.

  • Represent libraries and information providers at the local, state, federal and international levels while building support for libraries and librarians through public awareness.
  • Assure legislation and policies that support information and library services in all types of libraries and information environments.
  • Provide a vision of innovation, enable the future of libraries and promote libraries as centers of community engagement and participatory librarianship.
  • Promote ALA’s core values and emphasize the impact of libraries, as represented by ALA’s Declaration for the Right to Libraries, to form the basis for advocacy and community conversations.

 

  • Information policy

Information policy is comprised of laws, regulations and doctrines, and other decision making and practices, involving information creation, storage, equitable access, communication, accessibility, dissemination, use and preservation.
            The American Library Association (ALA), operating in the public interest, focuses at every level on a diverse set of policy areas that includes:  intellectual freedom, privacy, civil liberties, telecommunications, funding for education and research programs, funding for libraries, copyright and licensing, government information, and literacy.

            Operating on behalf of the public, ALA seeks through libraries to:

  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource on policy issues for ALA members and the public at large.
  • Lead the advocacy for legislation, regulation, and policies for the public interest.
  • Educate library staffs and the public on public policy matters.
  • Document the impact of legislation, regulation, and policies on the work of libraries and public access to information.
  • Promote coalitions to advance policy positions in advancing ALA’s agenda and mission.
  • Enable successful models of information access that support the ALA policy agenda.
  • Advocate for effective policies that enable libraries to meet the information needs of all sectors of the public.

 

  • Professional and Leadership Development

Recognizing that the professional and leadership development of librarians and library workers is essential to high-quality professional practice and the future of libraries and information services, ALA seeks to:

  • Provide professional development opportunities through multiple venues.
  • Maintain strong accreditation standards and processes for library and information science programs.
  • Foster certification programs through the ALA/APA.
  • Coordinate the multiple opportunities available throughout ALA to provide a coherent, transparent, and accessible continuing education framework for all members.
  • Increase the diversity of library professionals and sustain their professional growth through multiple strategies.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities and create new pathways for member leadership in the association.
  • Align leadership development and continuing education with best thinking about the changing information environment and ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries.

 

Enabling Strategies:

 

  • Create an assessment and evaluation process to measure the effect of the strategic initiatives.
  • Review governance structure (including committees and round tables) to identify changes to address the strategic initiatives.
  • Review staff structure and compensation to ensure focus on strategic initiatives.
  • Build a more robust public communication and public relations/marketing capacity.
  • Identify revenue streams and fundraising opportunities to support the strategic initiatives.
  • Engage division leaders and staff to define their role and contribution to the strategic initiatives.
  • Build a sustainable technological infrastructure that enables ALA to advance the strategic initiatives.
  • Align ALA publishing and conferences to support the strategic initiatives.
  • Strengthen pathways for member involvement/engagement in strategic initiatives.
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Discussion CAPAL17 Proposals are due in 4 weeks!

by Leona Jacobs (non-member) on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 02:20 pm

*La version française suit*
*Please circulate widely*/*Excuse cross-posting*

 

Dear Colleagues,

*La version française suit*
*Please circulate widely*/*Excuse cross-posting*

 

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals (CFP) for CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship. This will be the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) to be held May 30th – June 1st as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 in Toronto, Ontario which lies in the territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit River. 

This conference provides an opportunity for the academic library community to critically examine and discuss together the ways in which our profession is influenced by its social, political, and economic environments. By considering academic librarianship within its historical contexts, its presents, and its possible futures, and by situating it within evolving cultural frameworks and structures of power, we can better understand the ways in which academic librarianship may reflect, reinforce, or challenge these contexts both positively and negatively.

The deadline for proposals is the 23rd of December, 2016. 

Courtney Waugh, Program Chair, cwaugh5@uwo.ca

On behalf of the CAPAL17 Program Committee

 

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Chers collègues,Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer l'appel de propositions (ADP) pour l'ACBAP17 : Fondements et futurs : réflexions critiques sur les passés, les présents et les possibilités de la bibliothéconomie académique. Il s'agira de la quatrième conférence annuelle de l'Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP) qui aura lieu du 30 mai au 1er juin durant le Congrès des sciences humaines 2017 à Toronto en Ontario, ville située sur le territoire des Haudenosaunee et des Mississaugas de la rivière New Credit. 

Cette conférence propose à la communauté des bibliothèques universitaires une occasion de faire l'examen critique et de discuter des façons dont notre profession est influencée par les milieux sociaux, politiques et économiques. En considérant la bibliothéconomie académique dans ses contextes historiques, ses présents, et ses avenirs possibles, et en la situant dans des cadres culturels et des structures de pouvoir en évolution, nous pouvons mieux comprendre les façons dont la bibliothéconomie académique peut réfléchir, renforcer ou remettre en question ces contextes tant positivement que négativement.

La date limite d'envoi des propositions  est le 23 décembre 2016.

Courtney Waugh, présidente du programme, cwaugh5@uwo.ca

Au nom du comité du programme de l'ACBAP17

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Discussion Library 2.016 presents Libraries of the Future

by Valerie Hill on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 04:42 pm

A free online webinar, hosted by the San Jose State School of Information and the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries will be held on October 6th from noon - 3pm Pacific Time.

 

Details and the schedule of sessions are available online at the Library 2.016 website.

Discussion LLAMA project management webinar helps you work smarter

by Fred Reuland (staff) on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 02:45 pm

The very term “project management” can send shivers down the spine of even the most experienced librarian. Fortunately, there are now a variety of new ways to approach project-based work in a systematic and effective way. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Work Smart: Applying Project Management Techniques to Library Projects ,” on Wed., August 24, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

The very term “project management” can send shivers down the spine of even the most experienced librarian. Fortunately, there are now a variety of new ways to approach project-based work in a systematic and effective way. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Work Smart: Applying Project Management Techniques to Library Projects ,” on Wed., August 24, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

This webinar will explore traditional and agile project management, and provide examples of successful library projects.  It will also cover project management tools and information resources, and the skills necessary to be a successful project manager.

Participants will learn:  

  • The foundations of various project management techniques.
  • Essential resources and texts on project management.
  • Practical tools and programs for tracking project work.
  • How to anticipate potential project pitfalls and risks.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who oversees projects or would like to approach work in a more systematic way.

Presenter: Michael Perry, Collection Services Project Manager, Northwestern University Libraries, Evanston, Illinois

Registration fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama), a division of the American Library Association, advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

 

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Event GODORT Silent auction to support 2016 GODORT scholarship

by Stephen Hayes on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 01:35 pm

Open now: Silent auction to support 2016 GODORT scholarship is open for bidding (6/15/2016-7/1/2016). Also please help spread the word!

                Established in 1994, the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is 1) currently working with government documents in a library and 2) trying to complete a master’s degree in library science.

Open now: Silent auction to support 2016 GODORT scholarship is open for bidding (6/15/2016-7/1/2016). Also please help spread the word!

                Established in 1994, the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship provides financial assistance to an individual who is 1) currently working with government documents in a library and 2) trying to complete a master’s degree in library science.

                Sponsored by Readex and GODORT (American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table), the award is named after W. David Rozkuszka, a former Documents Librarian at Stanford University whose talent, work ethic and personality left an indelible mark on the profession. The scholarship award is $3,000, and has assisted 20 students since 1995 with their library education. The 2016 recipient is Julie Wagner, who is entering her second year at the University of North Texas School of Information.

                Place your bid today to stay in beautiful Naples, Florida, or charming Chester, Vermont. Auction bidding ends at 4 pm EST on Friday, July 1, 2016.

                 Click on the link below to place a bid and read about Chester and Naples:

                http://www.readex.com/blog/now-open-bidding-silent-auction-support-2016-godort-scholarship

 

                If you have any question, please feel free to contact

                Erin Luckett (eluckett@newsbank.com)

                Or

                GODORT Development Committee:

                Steve Hayes (Chair)(shayes1@nd.edu)

                Andrea Sevetson (Andrea.Sevetson@proquest.com)

                Anna Xiong (axiong@lib.siu.edu)

                Howard Carrier (carriehs@jmu.edu)

                Michael Smith (MLS003@ucsd.edu)

 

Thank you for supporting GODORT and the W. David Rozkuszka Scholarship!

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Discussion ALCTS CRS Standards Forum: Cleaning Up Your Data After You Migrate

by Kurt Blythe on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 04:07 pm

Following on the migration theme of the last ALCTS CRS Midwinter forum, Kate Hill, the Electronic Resources and Distance Education Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will share information on using OpenRefine to help with data cleanup after an ILS migration.  Specifically, Kate will talk about how she has used OpenRefine to perform data cleanup after her library migrated to OCLC Worldshare from Sirsi.  She will discuss how to fix common data migration issues with a focus on serials knowledge base data, though most of these techniques can be applied to many types of

Following on the migration theme of the last ALCTS CRS Midwinter forum, Kate Hill, the Electronic Resources and Distance Education Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will share information on using OpenRefine to help with data cleanup after an ILS migration.  Specifically, Kate will talk about how she has used OpenRefine to perform data cleanup after her library migrated to OCLC Worldshare from Sirsi.  She will discuss how to fix common data migration issues with a focus on serials knowledge base data, though most of these techniques can be applied to many types of library collection data.                          

The forum also will feature a standards update from NISO. Join us Sunday, June 26 from 10:30 -- 11:30 am in OCCC W109A.

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Discussion Preschool Services Discussion Group - ALA Annual 2016

by Linda Ernst on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 04:32 pm

Preschool Services Discussion Group

Sunday, June 26

1:00pm-2:30pm

Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Rock Springs

 

ee Play & Creative Play Spaces in Library Settings.

 

Playtime and creative play spaces in the library – sounds great but how? Where? Can we afford it? What do we need? Where can we store things? Have suggestions, comments or concerns?

Preschool Services Discussion Group

Sunday, June 26

1:00pm-2:30pm

Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Rock Springs

 

ee Play & Creative Play Spaces in Library Settings.

 

Playtime and creative play spaces in the library – sounds great but how? Where? Can we afford it? What do we need? Where can we store things? Have suggestions, comments or concerns?

Join us as Kate Eckert and Sarah Stippich, both from Philadelphia libraries, will give us ideas for this unique and useful part of library service to children.  If you’d like to share materials with the group please bring at least 25 copies. 

 

Discussion Facilitator: Linda Ernst

 

PSDG Discussion Group Conveners:

Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting sue@kidlitplus.com

Linda Ernst, King County Library System lindaern@kcls.org

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Discussion LLAMA webinar helps you cultivate better supervisor relationships by “managing up”

by Fred Reuland (staff) on Thu, May 26, 2016 at 11:52 am

How would you describe your relationship with your supervisor?  Is it collaborative?  Or, is it the dreaded top-down?  If yours is a top-down relationship, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged and ultimately ineffective.  Although you may not be able to change your boss, you can improve your relationship significantly by learning how to “Manage up.”  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Managing Up--Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships,” on Wed., June 8, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). 

How would you describe your relationship with your supervisor?  Is it collaborative?  Or, is it the dreaded top-down?  If yours is a top-down relationship, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged and ultimately ineffective.  Although you may not be able to change your boss, you can improve your relationship significantly by learning how to “Manage up.”  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Managing Up--Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships,” on Wed., June 8, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). 

This webinar will help you move away from “boss from hell” rants towards more effective and enjoyable collaborations by giving you insights into supervisor behaviors, needs, and expectations; and presenting concrete actions you can take to influence your supervisor.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:  

  • Understand the value and importance of managing up for organizational effectiveness and personal career success
  • Learn why supervisors may make certain choices
  • Identify strategies that build productive and collegial relationships with direct supervisors
  • Understand the ethical limitations of these strategies
  • Cultivate an appreciation for the effect one's behavior may have when in leadership or management positions

Who Should Attend:  Anyone with a direct supervisor, especially middle managers who are both supervisors and subordinates

Presenter: Michelle Armstrong, Head of Scholarly Communications and Data Management, Albertsons Library, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Registration fees:  LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

 

 

Fred Reuland

LLAMA Program Officer, Continuing Education

American Library Association

50 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL  60611

ph. 312-280-5032

fx. 312-280-2169

freuland@ala.org  

 

 

 

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Event Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries

by Jennifer Dorning on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 10:26 am

Learn how library professionals can confront and overcome the impact gender can have on compensation and leadership opportunities. Join the ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee online Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1pm EST for “Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries.”

The webinar will cover the impact gender has on compensation and leadership opportunities as well as offer practical advice on how to bridge those gaps at your library.

Learn how library professionals can confront and overcome the impact gender can have on compensation and leadership opportunities. Join the ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee online Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1pm EST for “Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries.”

The webinar will cover the impact gender has on compensation and leadership opportunities as well as offer practical advice on how to bridge those gaps at your library.

The session will be accessible online through ALA Connect and will last approximately 90 minutes. Space is limited. Register early.

Speaker Biographies:

Jessica Porter is an expert on gender, leadership, negotiation and creating change. She is the co-author of the book Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins into Big Gains, by Deborah M. Kolb, (Jossey-Bass, 2015), and was the lead researcher of Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie Perlow (2012).

 

Jessica Olin is currently the Director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College in Dover, DE. Her professional interests include building communities at liberal arts college libraries, bringing the lessons of intersectional feminism to bear in professional settings, and helping others bridge the gap between library science graduate programs and professional practice. She blogs regularly at Letters to a Young Librarian and tweets (somewhat obsessively) at @olinj.

 

Michelle Millet is the Director of the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center at John Carroll University. She holds an MLS and an MA in History. Her current research interests include leadership and management of academic libraries, gender roles and stereotypes, and identity in librarianship. She has also published and presented extensively on information literacy instruction and assessment of student learning. Additionally, she teaches in the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion program.

Dorrie Sieburg is the Program Manager for AAUW’s Salary Negotiation Workshops, Start Smart and Work Smart. Dorrie has been working with the program for over 6 years. She is responsible for program development and outreach, facilitator training, and workshop operations. Dorrie lives with her family in Asheville, NC.

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Discussion LLAMA webinar presents best practices for communicating your library’s value

by Fred Reuland (staff) on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 02:24 pm

As library professionals, it’s easy for you and your hardworking staff to understand the value of your library.  But, convincing your stakeholders of that can be another challenge altogether. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “The Value Dilemma: Key Components Used to Express Worth to Leadership,” on Wed., April 13, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).  This webinar will address proven methods for identifying who to communicate with, what to communicate, and how to tool your messages in order to achieve the most positive impact.

As library professionals, it’s easy for you and your hardworking staff to understand the value of your library.  But, convincing your stakeholders of that can be another challenge altogether. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “The Value Dilemma: Key Components Used to Express Worth to Leadership,” on Wed., April 13, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).  This webinar will address proven methods for identifying who to communicate with, what to communicate, and how to tool your messages in order to achieve the most positive impact.

At the end of this webinar, participants will:   

  • Know how to identify key stakeholders
  • Be familiar with key metrics for use in creating a value message
  • Have insight into reporting practices that resonate with stakeholders
  • Understand key best practices for communicating value

Who Should Attend:  Directors, managers, administrators and other top level leaders at all types of libraries

Presenter: Constance Ard, Consultant, Answer Maven, Louisville, Kentucky

Registration fees:  LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

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