ALA Members Community
February 17, 2014
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.
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:
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
“…to ensure equitable access to information for all.”
~ ALA mission statement
ALA will focus on three strategic initiatives:
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.
- 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.
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.
Shannon Farrell (UMN Libraries) and Aliqae Geraci (Cornell University)
Attached is the most recent report from ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. These reports contain information and highlights about goings-on throughout the Association. They are prepared on a near-monthly basis and beginning with this report will be posted here on Connect.
I hope you find them informative.JoAnne Kempf Director, Office of ALA Governance American Library Association 50 E. Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611 312-280-3212 1-800-545-2433 ext. 3212 312-280-5014 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org www.ala.org
Issued: November 7, 2015
Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library
THE DICKENS PROJECT Returns
The Community Virtual Library in Second Life
Bradley University, Second Life – A popular festival, first presented in 2012 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of author Charles Dickens’ birth, is returning to Second Life this December in a limited form, to benefit The Community Virtual Library. The festival is presented free to all Second Life Residents, and donations will be accepted for the Community Virtual Library: a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, connecting residents with information resources, reference services, and serving as a networking tool for information resource professionals.
The nine day festival will open on December 12th centering on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, presenting the novella in a variety of adaptations, in sections and in its entirety. The work is presented at different times to make the live readings accessible to residents from different parts of the globe. Other works from within the author’s vast canon are featured, and interactive information on the times and work of Charles Dickens can be explored.
Seanchai Library will produce the 2015 edition of The Dickens Project, presenting nearly fifteen hours of live readings between December 12 and 20th, and holding a dance and music event “Fezziwig’s Ball” on Saturday, December 19th. The final event, a marathon “All Read” presentation of A Christmas Carol performed by a relay team of Seanchai staff, is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 20th. The final event schedule for The Dickens Project will be released in early December.
In 1843 Charles Dickens prefaced his about-to-be classic tale with these words: “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” He began the novella in October, completed it in less than six weeks. It went on to become the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season, selling six thousand copies by Christmas and continuing to be popular into the new year.
Dickens set out to weave a story of humanity, kindness, and benevolence which he had failed to succeed with in the under-selling Martin Chuzzlewitt. He would do so “without browbeating or scolding, or mounting a soap box.” His book centers itself upon Christmas but, aside from the title and the timing of the tale, it is not a religious tract. The story centers on the transformation of a single soul from miserly seclusion, to generous compassion. Dickens did something entirely unheard of for an author of his stature in his time: he self published the book. He hired and supervised the illustration, oversaw the book design and consulted on the advertising. His publishers Chapman and Hall, who had demurred on the project, served only as his printers and received a fixed fee from every book sold.
The 2015 edition of The Dickens Project will take place in the Community Virtual Library’s exhibit space in it s home on the Bradley University Sim.
It will also be accessible from Seanchai Library’s parcel immediately to the east.
Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means "Storyteller" in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. Thousands of stories, and hundreds of authors later, the program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."
- 2015 Dickens Poster (png)
- The Dickens Project 2012 courtesy of StoryFest Events (png)
- The Dickens Project 2013 taken by Bear Silvershade and used with his permission (jpg)
The first Dickens Project in 2012 was captured in a work sample video, which can be seen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTsNZU55Ypc
RUSA is seeking nominations for its annual series of achievement awards and grants. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2015.
RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. With over $30,000 generously donated annually by industry sponsors, RUSA has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in the field of reference and user services.
Achievement awards for individuals and groups:
Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, RUSA's highest honor, recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of reference librarianship. $5,000* and a citation.
Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is given to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. $3,000* and a citation.
NoveList's Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award recognizes a librarian who has made significant contributions to library adult services. Sponsored by NoveList; $1,250* and a citation.
John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Sponsored by the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO, the winner receives a plaque.
Reference Service Press Award recognizes the most outstanding article published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA's research journal, during the preceding two-volume year. Sponsored by Reference Service Press; $2,500* and a plaque.
BRASS Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to business librarianship. $3,000* and a citation.
Louis Shores Award recognizes an individual reviewer, group, editor, review medium or organization for excellence in book reviewing and other media for libraries. The winner receives a citation.
Zora Neale Hurston Award honors an individual ALA member who has demonstrated leadership in promoting African-American literature. Sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers; the winner receives $1,250* supporting travel to the ALA Annual Conference, a beautiful plaque, two tickets to the United for Libraries author events: The Gala Author Tea and The Laugh's On Us, and two complete sets of Zora Neale Hurston's books and audiobooks.
ETS My Favorite Martian Award is a citation presented annually in recognition of excellence in service to the Emerging Technologies Section of RUSA. The winner receives a citation.
Genealogy and History Achievement Award Sponsored by ProQuest is presented to a librarian, library or publisher who is a RUSA member, and recognizes professional achievement in historical reference and research librarianship. $1,500* and a citation.
RSS Service Achievement Award is presented annually to a member of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section. The winner receives a citation.
Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award is given to an individual for his or her outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery. Sponsored by OCLC; $2,000* and a citation.
Travel awards to the ALA Annual Conference:
BRASS Student Travel Award presents funds to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master’s degree program to fund travel the ALA Annual Conference. $1,250* and a citation. This award's nomination deadline is Jan. 15, 2016.
BRASS Global Financial Data Academic Business Librarianship Travel Award is presented to a new librarian in the field of academic business librarianship in order to support attendance to the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Global Financial Data; $1,250* and a citation.
Morningstar Public Librarian Support Award offers funds to a public librarian who has performed outstanding business reference service and who requires financial assistance to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Sponsored by Morningstar, Inc.; $1,250* and a citation.
STARS Atlas Systems Mentoring Award offers ALA Annual Conference travel assistance funds to a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery or resource sharing. Sponsored by Atlas Systems; $1,250* and a citation.
Gale Cengage Learning History Research and Innovation Award is granted to an MLS degreed librarian from an ALA accredited school to facilitate and further research relating to history and history librarianship. Sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning; $2,500* and a citation.
BRASS Emerald Research Grant Award, is presented to an individual or group seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. Sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing; $2,500* and a citation.
*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
Questions about these awards should be directed to the committee chairperson—access committee contact information by logging in at www.ala.org, then accessing the RUSA roster webpage—or to the RUSA headquarters staff.
More information about these awards, including nominating instructions, can be found on RUSA’s awards webpage.
Do you know an academic, government, or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to the library profession through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity? Consider nominating him/her for the Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award!
Nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas:
- Planning and implementation of a model bibliography/information services program in a law, government document, or political science library.
- History of contributions to the field through research, publications and other activities displaying active participation in the advancement of law/political science librarianship.
- Service to the profession through ACRL or related regional and national organizations.
- Promotion or development of an education program for law and political science librarianship that has served as a model for other courses and programs.
The award recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press.
Nominations should be submitted with the name and contact information of the nominee as well as a short narrative supporting the nomination. The narrative must speak to the impact of the nominee’s work on librarianship in law/political science through the areas of distinction.
The award committee will also contact the nominee’s supervisor for more detailed information and a CV, which will be considered along with the nominator’s narrative. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.
For more details about the award or to learn about previous recipients, visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/martalangecq
Nominations are due December 4th.
Chair, Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award Committee
LITA’S PUBLIC LIBRARY TECHNOLOGY INTEREST GROUP
Sunday, June 28th 2015 10:30 am to 11:30 am
LITA Public Libraries Technology Interest Group
Rm: Moscone Convention Center 232-234 S
Charlie Wapner from OITP will join us to discuss 3d printing in public libraries. Charlie Wapner is currently an Information Policy Analyst for the ALA Washington Office in the Office of Information Technology Policy.
Wapner is the author and coordinator of several 3d printing publications including : "Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy" and "Progress in the Making: 3D Printing Policy Considerations Through the Lens of the Library."
His biography is below:
Charlie Wapner: Information Policy Analyst
As OITP’s Information Policy Analyst, Charlie provides analytical, organizational, and logistical support to the ALA Washington Office as part of a team developing and implementing a national information policy agenda for America’s public libraries. He also supports new internal processes to improve ALA’s ability to advance its public policy agenda. Prior to working at ALA, Charlie spent two-and-a-half years providing policy and communications support to members of the U.S. House of Representatives. He worked first for Congressman Mark Critz of Pennsylvania and then for Congressman Ron Barber of Arizona. Charlie holds a B.A. in diplomatic history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Do you need your resume reviewed by hiring committee experts? Make an advance appointment to have your resume reviewed at the NMRT Resume Review Service at ALA Annual.
Do you like reviewing resumes? Or do you have experience hiring librarians? Please consider volunteering some of your time at the NMRT Resume Review Service at ALA Annual.
The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters as well as taking resume review appointments for ALA 2015 Annual. We are in need of volunteers to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer.
The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA Placement Center, is open Saturday, June 27th, and Sunday, June 28th, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The service is free of charge to anyone. Appointment are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. While we encourage advance appointments, on-site walk-ins are seen as time permits. More information about volunteering and making an appointment is available at http://bit.ly/1vArIPT . If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair, Nicole Spoor, at email@example.com.