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

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

February 17, 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

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

February 17, 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Barb

Barbara Stripling

ALA President, 2013-2014

 

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

   Advocacy:  connect.ala.org/node/218696

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

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

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

 

 

 

American Library Association

 

Strategic Framework

 

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

~ ALA mission statement

 

ALA will focus on three strategic initiatives:

 

  • Advocacy

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

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

      * ALA members;

      * libraries; and

      * the public.

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

 

  • Information policy

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

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

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

 

  • Professional and Leadership Development

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

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

 

Enabling Strategies:

 

  • Create an assessment and evaluation process to measure the effect of the strategic initiatives.
  • Review governance structure (including committees and round tables) to identify changes to address the strategic initiatives.
  • Review staff structure and compensation to ensure focus on strategic initiatives.
  • Build a more robust public communication and public relations/marketing capacity.
  • Identify revenue streams and fundraising opportunities to support the strategic initiatives.
  • Engage division leaders and staff to define their role and contribution to the strategic initiatives.
  • Build a sustainable technological infrastructure that enables ALA to advance the strategic initiatives.
  • Align ALA publishing and conferences to support the strategic initiatives.
  • Strengthen pathways for member involvement/engagement in strategic initiatives.
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Discussion What's Happening - 2015 ALA Annual Conference

by Mary Ghikas on Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 01:54 pm

What's Happening -- an informal and personal guide to the ALA Annual Conference, as well as information that may be useful if you're attending, has been posted as a public document in the ALA Council group in Connect:  http://connect.ala.org/node/241661

If you'll be there, safe travels and I hope to see you.

 

mg

Discussion LITA-Public Libraries Technology Interest Group --San Francisco Annual

by Patricia Ball on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 02:29 pm

 

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. 

 

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.

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Discussion NMRT Resume Review Service at ALA Annual 2015

by Nicole Spoor on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 10:47 am

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.

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 nicolespoor@gmail.com.

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Discussion Diversity-related Programming and Events at ALA Annual 2015

by Matthew Ciszek on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Due to requests from the ALA Membership to highlight diversity-related programming at ALA Conferences, the ALA Committee on Diversity has compiled a list of diversity-related programming and events scheduled at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. This list can be accessed using the Conference Scheduler through the following link:

http://alaac15.ala.org/sessions/all?tags=diversity

We hope that everyone enjoys the great city of San Francisco and the many diversity-related programs and events being offered.

Event Labor and African American History Bus Tour at ALA Annual in San Francisco

by Jennifer Dorning on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 08:38 am

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

Registration is still open for the bus tour!

A special bus tour during ALA will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

Registration is still open for the bus tour!

A special bus tour during ALA will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

The roots of labor and African American history run deep in San Francisco. A. Philip Randolph touched off the modern civil rights movement from San Francisco’s Hotel Whitcomb in 1935 when he convinced the AFL-CIO to certify the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and ban segregation in the labor movement. Other historic labor events and activities include the West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934, support for the Montgomery bus boycott, the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, anti-apartheid activities, and the church-labor coalition.

San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail tours the sites where African American pioneers locally changed the world. One of the most dominant features of Fisherman’s Wharf is the public art of Sargent Johnson, whose work adorns the front and back of the main building of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park as well as the stadium of George Washington High School. Among those who drew inspiration from his work were Maya Angelou and Johnny Mathis, as they matriculated there. Just up Hyde Street from the Maritime Park is the Russian Hill mansion where Langston Hughes wrote and partied with the Hollywood upper crust in 1934-35. Also near the waterfront is the apartment where Alex Haley wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X and ROOTS.

The joint labor and African American Freedom Trail tour will be led by Oxford University Press historian and Trail curator John William Templeton. Raise your cultural awareness of our conference host city with the knowledge of where movements were born and the greats drew their inspiration.

 

DETAILS:

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

Time: 9:30am, tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Depending on demand, more times may be added.

Departs from: the passenger loading zone on the south side of Mission Street midway between 3rd and 4th Street directly behind the Moscone Convention Center.

Cost: $25

Register at: http://www.californiablackhistory.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=58

Questions? Contact Jennifer Dorning at 202-638-0320 ext. 114 or jdorning@dpeaflcio.org.

Please note: this tour is not sponsored by ALA or RUSA.

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Discussion CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice; Ottawa, Canada; 2015 May 31-June2

by Leona Jacobs on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

*Apologies for Cross-Posting* *Please circulate widely*

Just over three weeks to go until CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice and there are still some spots available (register here:goo.gl/cxmy2I)

*Apologies for Cross-Posting* *Please circulate widely*

Just over three weeks to go until CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice and there are still some spots available (register here:goo.gl/cxmy2I)

The conference will feature presentations from leading and up-and-coming thinkers in critical librarianship, as well as keynote addresses by Henry Giroux and Sarah T. Roberts. Still undecided? Check out our full program online. http://goo.gl/4F2NTb

There'll also be a Twitter competition with prizes for best and most engaging critical tweets, a book launch, a dine-around at downtown Ottawa restaurants where you can continue your conversations with other attendees, and the election of our first CAPAL Board of Directors at the AGM. It's going to be a great conference!

We hope you'll join us! Register here

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*Prière de faire circuler à vos réseaux* *S-v-p excusez les envois multiples*

Il ne reste que trois semaines avant le début du colloque de l’ACBAP15: Bibliothéconomie académique et la démarche critique. Il y reste toujours quelques places (inscrivez-vous ici: http://goo.gl/nBDaVs).

La conférence figure des présentations des leaders de la démarche critique en bibliothéconomie académique ainsi que des novices. Il y aura aussi des discours de la part d’Henry Giroux et de Sarah T. Roberts. Êtes-vous toujours indécis? Consultez notre programme en ligne.

Nous offrons un concours de Twitter avec des prix pour les meilleurs tweets critiques, un lancement de livre, un souper en groupe et l'élection de notre premier conseil d'administration de l’ACBAP lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle. Ça sera une conférence géniale! http://goo.gl/hM6qo9

Nous espérons que vous vous joindriez à nous! Inscrivez-vous ici

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Discussion CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice; Ottawa, Canada; 2015 May 31-June2

by Leona Jacobs on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 10:12 am

*Apologies for Cross-Posting*

Just over three weeks to go until CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice and there are still some spots available (register here:goo.gl/cxmy2I)

*Apologies for Cross-Posting*

Just over three weeks to go until CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice and there are still some spots available (register here:goo.gl/cxmy2I)

The conference will feature presentations from leading and up-and-coming thinkers in critical librarianship, as well as keynote addresses by Henry Giroux and Sarah T. Roberts. Still undecided? Check out our full program online. http://goo.gl/4F2NTb

There'll also be a Twitter competition with prizes for best and most engaging critical tweets, a book launch, a dine-around at downtown Ottawa restaurants where you can continue your conversations with other attendees, and the election of our first CAPAL Board of Directors at the AGM. It's going to be a great conference!

We hope you'll join us! Register here

***********************************************************************

*Prière de faire circuler à vos réseaux* *S-v-p excusez les envois multiples*

Il ne reste que trois semaines avant le début du colloque de l’ACBAP15: Bibliothéconomie académique et la démarche critique. Il y reste toujours quelques places (inscrivez-vous ici: http://goo.gl/nBDaVs).

La conférence figure des présentations des leaders de la démarche critique en bibliothéconomie académique ainsi que des novices. Il y aura aussi des discours de la part d’Henry Giroux et de Sarah T. Roberts. Êtes-vous toujours indécis? Consultez notre programme en ligne.

Nous offrons un concours de Twitter avec des prix pour les meilleurs tweets critiques, un lancement de livre, un souper en groupe et l'élection de notre premier conseil d'administration de l’ACBAP lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle. Ça sera une conférence géniale! http://goo.gl/hM6qo9

Nous espérons que vous vous joindriez à nous! Inscrivez-vous ici

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Discussion Give RUSA Feedback!

by Elizabeth German on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 05:14 pm

RUSA needs your help! Tell us what you think about continued learning and professional development services!

Give us feedback: http://tinyurl.com/lrqsgpn

RUSA needs your help! Tell us what you think about continued learning and professional development services!

Give us feedback: http://tinyurl.com/lrqsgpn

The RUSA Learning Opportunities Task Force is creating a new plan for continued learning and professional development services to members and is collecting feedback from RUSA members and the wider library community. The results of this feedback will help inform the Task Force and RUSA leadership about the future directions of professional and personal development opportunities, both free and paid, outside of ALA conferences.

The form takes 4-7 minutes to complete and will be open through March 1st.

Please share wildly with your colleagues.

 

Thank you in advance,

The RUSA Learning Opportunities Task Force

http://www.ala.org/rusa

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Discussion Preliminary Program for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice; Ottawa, Canada; 2015 May 31-June2

by Leona Jacobs on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 12:19 pm

*La version française suit*  *Please circulate widely*  *Please excuse cross-posting*

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I am pleased to present the preliminary program for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice, the second annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). The program can be viewed in full online at bit.ly/CAPAL15program.

*La version française suit*  *Please circulate widely*  *Please excuse cross-posting*

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I am pleased to present the preliminary program for CAPAL15: Academic Librarianship and Critical Practice, the second annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). The program can be viewed in full online at bit.ly/CAPAL15program.

The program features sessions on a wide range of topics, from open access to critical pedagogy and information literacy to digitization to philosophy to academic freedom to corporatization and neoliberalism, and much more. We are also excited to welcome our keynote speakers, renowned cultural critic and public intellectual Henry Giroux (McMaster University) and critical LIS scholar Sarah T. Roberts (Western University). We hope you enjoy this exceptional program.

Registration for the conference is now open and available at the following link: http://congress2015.ca/register. Note that Congress fees are cheaper if you register before March 31st.

Please visit our website for further information and updates:

http://capalibrarians.org/capal-conference-2015

Also, follow us on Twitter at #CAPAL15 and join our Facebook page at bit.ly/CAPAL15Facebook to connect with others attending.

Best,

Dave Hudson, Program Chair

Colleen Burgess, Communications Chair

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*Prière de faire circuler à vos réseaux* *S-v-p excusez les envois multiples*

Cher(e)s collègues,

Au  nom du comité organisateur, je suis heureux de présenter le programme préliminaire de l’ACBAP15 : « La bibliothéconomie académique et la démarche critique », le deuxième colloque annuel de l'Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnel(le)s (l’ACBAP). Le programme se trouve en ligne : bit.ly/ACBAP15programme

Le colloque comprend des séances au sujet d’un grand nombre de thèmes tels que le libre accès, la pédagogie critique, la maîtrise de l'information, la philosophie, la numérisation, la liberté académique, la corporatisation de nos universités, le néolibéralisme, et bien plus encore. Nous sommes également heureux d'accueillir nos deux conférenciers principaux, le professeur Henry Giroux de l’Université McMaster et la professeure Sarah T. Roberts de la Western University. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez notre programme exceptionnel.

L'inscription à la conférence est maintenant ouverte et disponible en ligne. Notez que les frais de congrès sont moins chers si vous vous inscrivez avant le 31 mars.

S’il vous plaît voir notre site web pour d’amples informations et des mises à jour:

http://fr.capalibrarians.org/conference-annuelle-2015/

Suivez-nous sur Twitter (#ACBAP15) et rejoignez notre page Facebook au bit.ly/CAPAL15Facebook pour vous joindre aux autres conférencier(e)s.

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