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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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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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Discussion LLAMA webinar presents new tactics to keep employees engaged

by Fred Reuland (staff) on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 01:57 pm

Now that you finally have that nearly perfect staff in place, your work is almost done, right? Well, maybe not. Keeping your employees engaged and motivated can be an even bigger challenge.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present: “Engaging Employees in the Library: Keep the Energy Going!" on Wed., April 6, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

Now that you finally have that nearly perfect staff in place, your work is almost done, right? Well, maybe not. Keeping your employees engaged and motivated can be an even bigger challenge.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present: “Engaging Employees in the Library: Keep the Energy Going!" on Wed., April 6, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

This webinar will give an overview of research-based tactics for employee engagement, which is the first step toward fostering creativity and innovation. Tactics discussed include flexible working policies, autonomy of time, autonomy of task, and the idea of flow. In addition to the theories behind these ideas, the webinar will feature discussion of their applications in library settings, and practical ways to implement them..

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain research-based principles behind employee engagement
  • Apply engagement principles to the library setting
  • Adapt principles to their own library environments
  • Discuss the importance of employee engagement to innovation

Who Should Attend: Library managers/supervisor at any type of library

Presenter: Julie Evener, Director of Library services, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine, FL.

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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Discussion LLAMA webinar helps you justify your library budget

by Fred Reuland (staff) on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:21 am

LLAMA webinar helps you justify your library budget

LLAMA webinar helps you justify your library budget

Does your library keep statistics that easily communicate its value to the community and other stakeholders? If yours is like most libraries, probably not. But don’t worry; it’s not too late to start! The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present: "Outcome Based Budgeting for Beginners: Communicating Your Value," on Wed., Mar. 23, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

In this webinar, you will learn how to convey your library’s full value to external stakeholders by choosing the most effective qualitative and quantitative measures. You will also learn how to use readily accessible tools to find the most useful statistics for showing the return on investment (ROI) on your services, justifying reasonable pay rates, and communicating your value visually.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Formulate a strategy for conveying the library's value to outside stakeholders
  • Determine what qualitative and quantitative measures are needed
  • Develop those measures if they don't exist
  • Learn about readily accessible external statistics and how to use them
  • Evaluate and deliver the results

Who Should Attend: Those at public libraries in need of using statistics to justify their budgets; new librarians and library school students.

Presenter: Katherine Makens, Resources and Finance Officer, Durham County Library, Durham, North Carolina

Registration: 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.

Contact: 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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Discussion Interested in Shared Collections?

by Tina Baich on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 04:02 pm

If you are interested in shared collections, please consider joining RUSA's pilot Shared Collections Interest Group (IG). This IG will focus on the topic of Shared Collections, which can encompass shared print initiatives, shared storage facilities, and prospective sharing of collections through cooperative
collection development.

RUSA membership is not required, so please join us! http://connect.ala.org/node/249401

Discussion Interested in copyright?

by Faithe Ruiz on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 01:01 pm

Hello. If you are interested in copyright,  please consider joining RUSA's pilot Copyright Interest Group (IG). The focus of this IG is on providing a forum to exchange ideas relating to copyright law and reference services, to strengthen communication and cooperation on issues relating to copyright, and to provide opportunities for growth and improved reference services. The group is open to all, not just RUSA members -- so spread the word. Please share and contribute to the conversation! http://connect.ala.org/node/248621

Discussion Nominate the next honoree for "Achievement in Library Diversity Research"

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 03:12 pm

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. We welcome open access and other forms of published dissemination.

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. We welcome open access and other forms of published dissemination. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by March 15, 2016 with the award presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Self-nominations are welcome. 

More information and the short form are available at:  http://www.ala.org/research/larks/honoring-excellence-achievement-library-diversity-research.  Please direct any questions to diversity@ala.org.

 

Jody Gray, MLIS
Director, Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
American Library Association

50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
E-mail: jgray@ala.org
Phone: 312-280-5295
1-800-545-2433, ext. 5295
website: www.ala.org/diversity

 

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Discussion LLAMA webinar explores how to talk about a planned gift

by Fred Reuland (staff) on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 04:13 pm

Ever have a donor tell you that she "wishes she could do more"? Effective fundraisers welcome such statements, but they are just the beginning of a much greater conversation. The Library Leadership and Management Association’s Fundraising and Financial Development Section (LLAMA-FRFDS) will present “Conversations with Donors: How to Talk About Gift Planning," on Wed., Jan. 27, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). This webinar explores what to say in order to continue the conversation and how to introduce gift planning concepts to donors.

Ever have a donor tell you that she "wishes she could do more"? Effective fundraisers welcome such statements, but they are just the beginning of a much greater conversation. The Library Leadership and Management Association’s Fundraising and Financial Development Section (LLAMA-FRFDS) will present “Conversations with Donors: How to Talk About Gift Planning," on Wed., Jan. 27, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). This webinar explores what to say in order to continue the conversation and how to introduce gift planning concepts to donors. Included are a series of case studies, examples of collaboration and an overview of some of the most common gift vehicles.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the most effective gift planning strategies.
  • Be introduced to a gift planning tool kit.
  • Learn about legacy gifts and how they can fit into fundraising plans for the library.

Who Should Attend: Development and advancement staff, directors, and deans at academic and public libraries.

Presenter: Dani Dawson is the Senior Director of Gift Planning at the University of California, San Diego.

Registration: 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 (link updated): 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.

Contact: 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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Discussion REMINDER Re: Survey: Librarians’ Experience with Negotiating Compensation in Libraries

by Shannon Farrell on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 at 03:16 pm

Dear colleagues,

We are conducting a research study about librarians’ experience with negotiating for compensation and benefits in the library hiring process. Although these topics have been explored in the broader literature on salary negotiation, there is no research specific to librarians or the library workplace.

The survey applies to all librarians, regardless of position type, who have been employed in a library of any type.

Dear colleagues,

We are conducting a research study about librarians’ experience with negotiating for compensation and benefits in the library hiring process. Although these topics have been explored in the broader literature on salary negotiation, there is no research specific to librarians or the library workplace.

The survey applies to all librarians, regardless of position type, who have been employed in a library of any type.

You are invited to participate in the study by answering multiple choice questions in an online survey. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary, and you may change your mind and stop at any time.

If you choose to participate in the study, we ask that you please complete the survey no later than 12/15/2015.

Access the survey: http://z.umn.edu/compensationsurvey

Please feel free to share this survey with other colleagues, organizations, and listservs. We want to collect as many responses as possible.

Sincerely,

Shannon Farrell (UMN Libraries) and Aliqae Geraci (Cornell University)

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