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?