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2011-2012 Committee Goals Update

2011-2012 Goals Update:

  • To aid in keeping the ALA membership informed on issues relating to library services to labor groups by hosting a committee organized event at the ALA Annual Convention

Proposed program and draft of description:

Keep the Fight Going!

 Libraries are at the core of our communities and at the forefront of the digital world. Library workers help preserve the past while educating for the future. Libraries can reinvigorate blighted areas and inspire people to “be the change.” Yet when budgetary crises occur, libraries always seem to be the first resources offered up for sacrifice.

This program will examine what libraries are doing to prevent library closures, staff reductions, privatization, and cuts to services. The program will also discuss the central role that unions play in the advocacy for libraries and library services. Public, academic (higher education and K-12), and special library communities will be discussed. A special focus will be paid to the benefits that unions provide to workers.

  • To encourage greater communication among and between committee members

An email distribution list of all committee members has been created and shared

Use of committee wiki has been discussed for member communication and documentation

  • To encourage the full involvement of all committee members in the activities of the committee

Members of the committee are working cooperatively to identify three potential speakers for the Keep the Fight Going program at Annual 2012