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

by Mary Ghikas (staff) 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 STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR THE 2014 NMRT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT!

by Melanie Kowalski on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 02:11 pm

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by 5 pm (Eastern time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 –  July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Click here to go to the application.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by 5 pm (Eastern time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 –  July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Click here to go to the application.

 The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website. You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership.

Click here for information about the award and award criteria.

 

For further information about the grant, please contact:

 

Melanie T. Kowalski

Chair, NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee

Emory University, Scholarly Communications Office

540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Ga, 30030

Phone: 404-727-8286

Email: melanie.t.kowalski@emory.edu

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Discussion Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: Discussion Thread 2: Information Policy

by Mary Ghikas (staff) on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 01:40 pm

Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

  • 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.

 

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Discussion Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: Discussion Thread 4: Enabling Strategies

by Mary Ghikas (staff) on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 01:30 pm


Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

Enabling Strategies:

 


Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

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 Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: Discussion Thread 1: Advocacy

by Mary Ghikas (staff) on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 01:43 pm

Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

  • 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.

Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

  • 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.
More...

Discussion Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: Discussion Thread 3: Professional and Leadership Development

by Mary Ghikas (staff) on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 01:35 pm

Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

  • 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:

Strategic Framework

     Strategic Initiatives

          Advocacy

          Information Policy

          Professional and Leadership Development

     Enabling Strategies

 

  • 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.
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Discussion ALA PPO seeks applications for collection development grant by 10/25!

by Lainie Castle-Cimfel (staff) on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 02:05 pm

The ALA Public Programs Office is (rather frantically) seeking applicants for a grant opportunity by October 25. The NEH's Bridging Cultures Bookshelf on Muslim Journeys will provide a collection of books, films, and other resources about Islamic history and culture to 1,000 public, academic and community college libraries. Prison libraries are also eligible to apply as public libraries, under the NEH eligibility guidelines.

The ALA Public Programs Office is (rather frantically) seeking applicants for a grant opportunity by October 25. The NEH's Bridging Cultures Bookshelf on Muslim Journeys will provide a collection of books, films, and other resources about Islamic history and culture to 1,000 public, academic and community college libraries. Prison libraries are also eligible to apply as public libraries, under the NEH eligibility guidelines.

The collection is worth >$1,000, and it comes with an invitation to apply for an extra $4,500 to convene reading and discussion programs using the books next year. To qualify for a grant, all you need to do is screen one of the documentary films in your library – that’s it! 

This is a fantastic opportunity to get an outstanding collection of new materials, as well as engage communities in conversation about history, art, religion, culture, and tolerance. Please apply, repost, and encourage the librarians you know to get involved! ALA membership is not required, and inquiries may be directed to publicprograms@ala.org or lcastle@ala.org.

Apply online by 10/25: www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys
Also, find out more about a matching grant option, deadline 11/1: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=11635

 

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Discussion Free copies of Janet Wong's This Next New Year (Chinese bilingual ed.) at APALA Social Dinner!

by Eugenia Beh on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 03:52 pm

Children's book author Janet Wong is generously donating 30 copies of her
latest book, "This Next New Year," exclusively at the APALA Social Dinner. This
is a bilingual translated version of her book by the same title from 2000.
(APALA and CALA members Minjie Chen, Kai Li, and Paul Lai worked on the Chinese
translation when Janet asked for volunteers last year.)

Children's book author Janet Wong is generously donating 30 copies of her
latest book, "This Next New Year," exclusively at the APALA Social Dinner. This
is a bilingual translated version of her book by the same title from 2000.
(APALA and CALA members Minjie Chen, Kai Li, and Paul Lai worked on the Chinese
translation when Janet asked for volunteers last year.)

According to the School Library Journal, this is "[a] good choice for anyone
getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year," and Booklist notes that
"[c]hildren of diverse backgrounds will connect with the boy's earnest desire
to help change the family's luck and realize his own potential." The book is
appropriate for ages 4-8. Please see more details at Amazon for more details:
http://www.amazon.com/This-Next-New-Year-Chinese-English/dp/1937057267/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1389983539&sr=8-6&keywords=this+next+new+year

The books will only be made available at the APALA Social Dinner and supplies
are limited. If you would like to secure a copy for your institution, please
register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/ (If you register by
the end of today or become an APALA member, you will receive a discount on
registration.)

Thank you very much for your attention and hope to see you,
Eugenia Beh

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Event Meet Ellen Oh, Soman Chainani and Phoebe Yeh at the APALA Social Dinner!

by Eugenia Beh on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 03:26 pm

APALA is very fortunate this year to have 3 special guests joining us for the 2014 APALA Midwinter Social Dinner! Please join us at Karma Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30PM and hear Ellen, Soman and Phoebe discuss diversity in YA and children’s literature and their upcoming works! Click here to register for this event!

APALA is very fortunate this year to have 3 special guests joining us for the 2014 APALA Midwinter Social Dinner! Please join us at Karma Restaurant & Bar on Saturday, January 25th at 5:30PM and hear Ellen, Soman and Phoebe discuss diversity in YA and children’s literature and their upcoming works! Click here to register for this event!

Originally from NYC, Ellen Oh is an adjunct college instructor and former entertainment lawyer with an insatiable curiosity for ancient Asian history. She also loves martial arts films, K-pop, K-dramas, cooking shows, and is a rabid fan of The Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra series. Ellen lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and three daughters and has yet to satisfy her quest for a decent bagel. http://www.ellenoh.com/index1.html

Soman Chainani’s first novel, THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into languages across six continents, and will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Studios. As a writer and film director, Soman’s films have played at over 150 film festivals around the world, winning more than 30 jury and audience prizes. He has a BA in English Literature from Harvard and an MFA in Film from Columbia University. http://somanchainani.net/

Phoebe Yeh joined Random House Children’s Books in the newly created post of v-p, publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers where she is publishing new books with a focus on middle-grade fiction and narrative nonfiction. Her Fall 14 inaugural list includes books by New York Times bestselling authors Suzy Becker, Jon Meacham, and Walter Dean Myers and newcomer Lou Anders.  Prior to joining HC in 1996, Yeh was a senior editor at Scholastic Press, where she edited the Magic School Bus books and was an editor of the SeeSaw Book Club. As Editorial Director at Harper Collins she was responsible for the estate programs of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and C.S. Lewis, the Series of Unfortunate Events publishing program, and the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, and acquired Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series.  She has worked with Aliki, Soman Chainani, Eloise Greenfield, Julius Lester, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Christopher Myers, Walter Dean Myers, Ellen Oh, Joanne Ryder, Seymour Simon, and Laurence Yep.

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Event APALA Tour and Talk (Midwinter 2014)

by Eugenia Beh on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 03:23 pm

Please join us at the Asian Arts Initiative to learn more about Philadelphia’s Asian American community! We will be hearing from Samip Mallick of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Mary Yee of Asian Americans United, and Gayle Isa of the Asian Arts Initiative!

 

Lunch will be served (catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company).

Please join us at the Asian Arts Initiative to learn more about Philadelphia’s Asian American community! We will be hearing from Samip Mallick of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), Amanda Bergson-Shilcock of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Mary Yee of Asian Americans United, and Gayle Isa of the Asian Arts Initiative!

 

Lunch will be served (catered by Philadelphia Chutney Company).

Please register at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/

 

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St

Philadelphia, PA 19107

http://asianartsinitiative.org/

Directions from Loews Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/BQH4i

 

12:00 -1:00 –  Lunch and welcome from Gayle Isa

1:00 -1:30 – Talk by Samip Mallick

1:30-2:00 – Talk by Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

2:00 -2:30 – Talk by Mary Yee

2:30-3:00 – Explore AAI

Gayle Isa, founder and executive director, has been an active participant in Philadelphia’s arts and culture community for 20 years, beginning as an intern and evolving as a staff member at the Painted Bride Art Center. She has been a Douglas Redd Fellow focused on arts and community development, and has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the National Performance Network. She currently is a board member of the national Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists and serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council. In 2011, she became the first Asian American appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Gayle was once an aspiring taiko (drum) player and is now focusing her creative energy on learning to be a new mom!

Samip Mallick is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Mallick has a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan College of Engineering and has done graduate work in Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library and previously also worked for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). http://www.saadigitalarchive.org/

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock is the director of outreach and program evaluation at the nonprofit Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, an economic development organization serving immigrants. She coordinates data collection and analysis, enabling the Welcoming Center to use hard evidence to support its decision making. Amanda’s experience with public libraries stretches back to 1990, when she began as a teenage page at Ludington Public Library in Bryn Mawr. More than two decades later, she continues to be employed at Ludington as a weekend reference assistant. Most recently, Amanda designed and oversaw the Welcoming Center’s pioneering study of immigrant technology usage, Digital Diaspora. http://www.welcomingcenter.org/


Mary Yee, Parent and Community Involvement Consultant. Mary has been involved in planning and advocacy for Philadelphia neighborhoods for over 35 years. While working with Asian Americans United, she became involved with the Education Law Center (ELC) in 1985, as a representative of the plaintiff’s side in an advisory group to develop policies and programs to remediate a civil rights suit (YS v. School District of Philadelphia) filed by ELC against the public school system. The suit on behalf of limited English proficient Southeast Asian refugee students alleged unequal access to educational programs and services. Her work in educational advocacy has included a 12-year stint at the School District of Philadelphia working on ESOL/Bilingual program issues, compliance and equity, language access, and family engagement. More recently, she worked at Foundations, Inc. providing technical assistance to out-of-school time programs. She is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Reading/Writing/Literacy.

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