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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 NMRT RESUME REVIEW APPOINTMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

by Cheryl Blevens on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 09:20 am

We have extended the closing date for you to make an appointment to have your resume reviewed to Tuesday, June 24 at 5pm.  Hurry and make an appointment to get free resume help from industry experts! Follow this URL: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/, click on the link to the appointment request form, complete the requested information and click “Submit.” You will be contacted by return email.

Discussion Invitation from ALA President Barbara Stripling: 2014 Annual Conference Kitchen Table Conversations

by Mary Ghikas (staff) on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 09:07 am

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community --  a community of members, staff, external allies and partners, and others in our field.  These conversations are a step in the process of making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together.

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community --  a community of members, staff, external allies and partners, and others in our field.  These conversations are a step in the process of making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together.

These 1 ½ hour conversations will take place Saturday-Monday at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, at the LVH Executive Boardroom.  We are planning four conversations/day, each with approximately 16 participants.  They will begin on Saturday, June 28, and run through Monday, June 30: 8:30-10:00am, 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-4:30pm.  To ensure your seat, please register in advance by  sending an email to Mary Ghikas, ALA Senior Associate Executive Director (mghikas@ala.org). Please indicate a first and second choice, if possible.

ALA members and staff will be facilitating and taking notes at the conversations.  Following the Annual Conference, we will post notes to the community in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/210217 ). You will find notes from previous conversations there.  As we hold future conversations, we will continue to build a rich base of public knowledge about the aspirations and concerns of our community. We will be continuing these conversations in 2015 – in Chicago and San Francisco.

Feedback from the Kitchen Table Conversations held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference has been shared with the ALA Executive Board and with Division leaders.  Feedback from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting conversation, which focused on the ALA Annual Conference, has been pushed out to the ALA Conference Committee, as well as to the ALA Executive Board and Division leadership.   As the Board and member groups across the Association consider future directions for ALA in a time of significant change, your voice is very important.  I urge you to participate so we can hear your voice as we consider the best ways for ALA to work with and on behalf of members now and in the future.  I thank you for your membership, your attendance and your interest in building our professional community together.  [2013-2014 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling]

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Discussion International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally

by David Miller on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 09:48 am

International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally

Presented by the ALCTS International Relations Committee and the LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group

International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally

Presented by the ALCTS International Relations Committee and the LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group

Libraries have the potential to make major contributions to the Semantic Web, but are still emerging as global participants. RDA implementation and the BibFrame initiative have drawn fresh attention to the promise and potential of linked data. What are the international developments in linked data, emerging from libraries and other memory institutions? Come hear our speakers address current projects, opportunities and challenges.

This is a two-part program: it is not necessary to attend both parts. The walk between the rooms for Part One and Part Two takes about five minutes.

Part One: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:30 to 10:00am

Las Vegas Convention Center N264

Moderator: Theo Gerontakos, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Speaker: Jodi Schneider, Centre de Recherche

Speaker: Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services, The British Library

Speaker: Richard Wallis, Technology Evangelist, OCLC

 

Part Two: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:30 to 11:30 am

Las Vegas Convention Center S230

Moderator: Sarah Quimby, Library Processing Manager, Minnesota Historical Society

Speaker: Gordon Dunsire, Independent Consultant

Speaker: Reinhold Heuvelmann, German National Library

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Discussion REGISTRATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED TO HAVE RESUMES REVIEWED!

by Cheryl Blevens on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 08:36 am

 

NMRT RESUME REVIEW SERVICE AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS!

 

NMRT RESUME REVIEW SERVICE AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS!

Appointments are now being accepted to have resumes or cover letters critiqued at the New Members Round Table Resume Review Service during the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Reviewers are available Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 – 5:00. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible but appointments are strongly encouraged. Appointments are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. The last appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes before closing each day. Questions can be directed to Cheryl Blevens (cheryl.blevens@indstate.edu) or Nicole Spoor (nspoor@gmail.com), and using “2014 Conference RRS Volunteer” in the subject line of your email.

Follow this URL: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/. In the upper left corner of the page, click on the link to the appointment request form, complete the requested information and click “Submit.” You will be contacted by return email.

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Discussion Engage with ALA. Register for VMM14.

by Ron Jankowski (staff) on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 01:18 pm

Engage with ALA.  Register for VMM14.

 

Register now for June 5 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting.

Engage with ALA.  Register for VMM14.

 

Register now for June 5 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting.

Virtual Membership Meetings (VMM) provide an important way for personal members to affect what ALA does. All ALA personal members may register for and participate in the VMM, which are part of ALA's ongoing efforts to reach out interactively to members about its strategic direction, budget priorities and topic of interest. During the meetings, ALA leaders present information about topics of interest to the general membership. Register for VMM14.

2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling states, "I will provide updates on my presidential initiatives, discuss ALA’s new strategic advocacy, policy and professional development initiatives, and address ALA’s budget and financial picture." Stripling reminded members,  "VMM14 will serve as an open forum/chat covering topics ranked by members in a poll at the beginning of the meeting and an opportunity to discuss and vote on resolutions or testimonials offered by members on which all current ALA personal members may vote."

The 2014 Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM14) takes place from 2 - 3:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, June 5. Live captioning is provided for all participants.  The meeting will begin with a report and update regarding ALA’s strategic initiatives. Following that, an open forum on topics chosen by members in a recent online survey will take place via text chat.

Many members gather a group of co-workers to view the VMM together. It is a chance for sharing among immediate colleagues and among colleagues across the country and even the world.  See the VMM14 Web page or  ALA Connect Member Group for more information.

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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...

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