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Mary Fellows's picture

March 2012 online board meeting: general agreement about discussion topic for the next Community Forum

This topic will be what we discuss the last 30 minutes of the Forum. (Note: Tuesday, April 10, 11:00 a.m. - noon ET will be our next Forum.)

During our first Forum, we discussed tween services; during our most recent Forum, we discussed changes to our Annual Meeting. What would we like to hold a discussion on at this coming forum?

 

Nina Lindsay's picture

This one could be too hairy, or too early, but what about soliciting ideas/feedback re restructuring the Insititute?

I, unfortunately, have to ask to be excused from the forum; or to leave early. I need to be on an interview panel that morning.

Nina Lindsay

2017-18 ALSC President

 

 

Ernie Cox's picture

It would be helpful to get an initial reaction from members on this issue.  

Julie Corsaro's picture

There are two topics that I am interested in discussing.  Since we have committed to an advocacy website and newsletter, the first is advocacy/library promotion & marketing. This seems to be a topic on many librarians’ minds these days, not just youth service librarians. I would like to get a better sense of what our members need and how ALSC can help them (other than telling them that they have more work to do!).

The other is the value of virtual committee participation. A related question was raised about it in another forum during this board meeting; the committee members that are part of the “Frontier Five” have had many questions (and the 2013 Arbuthnot Committee has elected not to meet virtually), and it is the one issue that members-at-large have directly asked me about. Noting that they like serving on committees and attending conferences for the camaraderie, relationships and networking (much of which happens informally), these members wanted to know what the value of virtual committee participation is for them. Another issue one member raised was whether or not ALSC would become a 2-tier association, with in-person meetings only for members of book award and media evaluation committees and virtual participation for the rest?  I think it would be useful to address these and related questions in an open forum.

Thanks.



Ernie Cox's picture

This topic came up in several conversations I had with current committee members and members-at-large. It could be very timely for the forum.

ALSC is a 2-tier association in that many of our members never (or infrequently) come to conferences (and until virtual committee service had no way to participate in that type of work). 

I have taken part as a virtual member of committees in other divisions and found the value to be that I was able to attend concurrent sessions, or other on-site conference events in lieu of a physical committee meeting. 

Carolyn Brodie's picture

Either of the ideas that Julie suggests are timely for us. 

The virtual particiaption question is high on my mind with review of the volunteer forms that are requesting virtual appointments.  Just like Julie and Ernie, I have also been asked similar questions by members.   With the chat in the virtual format, it would seem that some of the participants would be members that can only participate virtually.  It would be interesting and helpful to gather their thoughts along with the ones we hear in person from members who attend conference. 

The advocacy topic is one that we will be working more and more the next year, so maybe that is the topic of a later chat as we get things more underway.

Carolyn Brodie's picture

Either of the ideas that Julie suggests are timely for us. 

The virtual particiaption question is high on my mind with review of the volunteer forms that are requesting virtual appointments.  Just like Julie and Ernie, I have also been asked similar questions by members.   With the chat in the virtual format, it would seem that some of the participants would be members that can only participate virtually.  It would be interesting and helpful to gather their thoughts along with the ones we hear in person from members who attend conference. 

The advocacy topic is one that we will be working more and more the next year, so maybe that is the topic of a later chat as we get things more underway.

Tali Balas's picture

I think this sounds like a timely topic and an appropriate venue to discuss it. Maybe if we promote it we would get more participants in the forum who are interested in working with ALSC in this way.

I, too, won't be able to attend this forum. Duty calls.

Tali

Nina Lindsay's picture

I agree that the "virtual participation" topic is one we need feedback on now, and would engage members.  I think I could steer several new members to a Community Forum on this topic.

Nina Lindsay

2017-18 ALSC President

 

 

Nina Lindsay's picture

I agree that the "virtual participation" topic is one we need feedback on now, and would engage members.  I think I could steer several new members to a Community Forum on this topic.

Nina Lindsay

2017-18 ALSC President

 

 

Rhonda Gould's picture

Virtual participation is becoming more accepted and more the norm for associations and organizations, and while we all enjoy and, indeed, thrive on the face-to-face interaction, it is necessary to the health of ALSC.  I think this is a very timely topic.  

(and ironically, I will be at CSLP annual meeting in PA that day - one of our few face-to-face meetings!)

Rhonda K. Gould

Cecilia McGowan's picture

Yes, I think that would be a good topic for us to discuss...virtually!  I will be in on the forum and thankful it's at 8 am my time!

Cecilia

Michael Santangelo's picture

Jumping on the popular consensus wagon, I think virtual participation is the right topic for the community forum.  At the present, I have every intention of being there for the forum.  I do hope for a robust conversation since virtual participation can mean many things to many people.  Some of our participants bring up such good points, but I have to say I think that Mary's conversation starters help things along.

Writing from Computers in Libraries Conference in DC right now--where virtual partiicpation has been thwarted by faulty wireless and the fact that ala connect seems to be imcompatible with the browser on my tablet.

Jan Watkins's picture

I have a staff member who cannot  attend conferences and  is now a virtual member of a committee. I believe it is a good opportunity for those who, for various reasons, cannot attend annual and midwinter conferences. It allows ALSC members a chance to contribute and be recognized for their work for the organization.

I will be with you for the Forum discussion on April 10th.