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Joyce Ogburn's picture

Questions for ALA Presdiential Candidates

ACRL questions for ALA presidential candidates

Every year we prepare questions for the candidates for the office of president of ALA. They will be shared with the candidates by early January and published in the March issue of C&RL News. Below are the questions that have have drafted based on last year's with an additional question about the digital environment. Please share your input on Connect regarding these questions by DECEMBER 14, 2012.

1. What do you see as the most important issues facing our profession today, particularly for academic and research librarians? With respect to these issues, what should ALA do to address them?

2. What leadership skills you would bring to ALA to lead and move the association forward, particularly in light of the issues you mentioned?

3. ACRL has adopted a Plan for Excellence with goals that heighten the impact that librarians have upon the Value of Academic Libraries, Student Learning, and the Research and Scholarly Environment.  In what ways would you, as ALA president, work with ACRL and its partners to advance or promote these goals?

4. Given the digital environment enveloping libraries and the possibilities and challenges it presents, how would you address issues such as open access options for ALA publications, library access to and lending of e-books, and digital preservation of content?

5. As ALA president, you will be asked to address the media on a variety of issues and public policies related to libraries and to advance the association’s legislative agenda.  Provide an example of an active role you have played in advocating for or against a proposed local, state, or federal policy that impacts libraries.

6. What experience have you had advancing diversity in the library profession? As ALA president, how will you move forward ongoing association efforts regarding the recruitment and retention of librarians from diverse backgrounds?

7. Membership organizations, such as ALA and ACRL, need to demonstrate their value to recruit and retain members. What does ALA need to do to keep the organization relevant to academic and research librarians, particularly those new to the profession?

 

Steven Bell's picture

Thanks for sharing the question set Joyce.

I see good diversity in the issues addressed in your questions, and that will allow the candidates to have the opportunity to tackle the concerns of our membership.

I support these seven questions.

Steven

Steven Bell Associate University Librarian Temple University bells@temple.edu http://stevenbell.info

Lisabeth Chabot's picture

Joyce - the questions should elicit good information.  One slight revision - I would substitute "opportunities" for "possibilities" in #4...   Lis

Joyce Ogburn's picture

Good suggestion. Joyce



Joyce Ogburn
Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice President 
University of Utah



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ACRL President 2011-12

Trevor Dawes's picture

Thanks for putting these together, Joyce. 

I have no additional comments. 

Trevor 

 

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Trevor A. Dawes
St. Louis, MO

Maggie Farrell's picture

Since the ALA budget is struggling, I would add a financial question -

ALA revenues are declining in a period when our members expect more services from the association.  What ideas or strategies do you have to balance the ALA budget and to increase revenues in support of member activities?

Maggie Farrell
Dean of Libraries
University of Wyoming
farrell@uwyo.edu
307.766.3279
Julie Garrison's picture

I think these look good as stated Joyce, and agree with Maggie's suggestion for adding a budget question.

 

Julie

Marilyn Ochoa's picture

These questions look good, Joyce.  Thanks for drafting them.

Joyce Ogburn's picture

David Free informs me that the candidates have 1200 words to respond including an opening statement. Let's think about that in terms of the number of questions overall and the length of their reponse.  With 8 questions they would have 150 words per question without an accounting for an opening statement.

Would we prefer this question over another one?

 

ACRL President 2011-12

Steven Bell's picture

That's a good point to make Joyce - how much can we reasonably ask.

The budget question, while an important one, may be the type of question the candidates may get around (e.g., "as i learn more about ALA finances I'll work with the staff and treasurer to examine possible solutions to our funding challenges). I wouldn't expect a candidate to come out and call for a dues increase or a cut in services.

So if we want to limit the questions, I'd stick with the initial set that would create more of an opportunity to see how the candidates' thinking aligns with the concerns of academic librarianship.

Steven Bell Associate University Librarian Temple University bells@temple.edu http://stevenbell.info

Ann Riley's picture

Yes, I agree with the Maggie's suggestion a financial question such as she proposes would be a good addition.

 

The questions are excellent overall--thanks, Joyce and all.

Irene Herold's picture

Keeping in mind the word limits, would it make sense to combine #1 & 4? Using the digital issues as an example prompt?

I wonder too what you all think about if they could address the media/advocacy question within the leadership question.

I agree they are all good questions and each as written get at a different nuance of what is important to academic libraries, but if we want deeper, perhaps more meaningful responses, then we need to allow them the word count to provide that.

Irene

Irene Herold

ACRL Board, Director at Large

Joyce Ogburn's picture

Here is a revised set of questions. I combined 1 and 2 and then added the budget angle to the last question on member value. Would everyone please weigh in my the end of the day tomorrow?

Thanks! Joyce

1. What do you see as the most important issues facing our profession today, particularly for academic and research librarians? With respect to these issues, what should ALA do to address them? What leadership skills you would bring to ALA to move the association forward?

2. ACRL has adopted a Plan for Excellence with goals that heighten the impact that librarians have upon the Value of Academic Libraries, Student Learning, and the Research and Scholarly Environment.  In what ways would you, as ALA president, work with ACRL and its partners to advance or promote these goals?

3. Given the digital environment enveloping libraries and the opportunities and challenges it presents, how would you address issues such as open access options for ALA publications, library access to and lending of e-books, and digital preservation of content?

4. As ALA president, you will be asked to address the media on a variety of issues and public policies related to libraries and to advance the association’s legislative agenda.  Provide an example of an active role you have played in advocating for or against a proposed local, state, or federal policy that impacts libraries.

5. What experience have you had advancing diversity in the library profession? As ALA president, how will you move forward ongoing association efforts regarding the recruitment and retention of librarians from diverse backgrounds?

6. Membership organizations, such as ALA and ACRL, need to demonstrate their value to recruit and retain members. What does ALA need to do to keep the organization relevant to academic and research librarians, particularly those new to the profession? What ideas or strategies do you have to balance the ALA budget and to increase revenues in support of member activities?

ACRL President 2011-12

Irene Herold's picture

I think after a number of readings that you have done an amazing job of packing in a lot in a few questions, but always keeping the focus on what ACRL membership will be interested in knowing. Thank you Joyce.

Irene Herold

ACRL Board, Director at Large

Maggie Farrell's picture

Great job!  I am anxious to hear the answers now.  Thanks Joyce for leading this discussion.

Maggie Farrell
Dean of Libraries
University of Wyoming
farrell@uwyo.edu
307.766.3279