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2013 Chapter Relations Committee AC Agenda and Documents and Minutes

Attached are the agenda and documents and Minutes from the Chapter Relations Committee meetings at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

Agenda: The updated agenda (June 25, 2013) is attached. Only the agenda will be provided at the meetings.

The Chapter Relations Committee, 2015:  A Strategic Plan is attached.

This is the CRC schedule:

Chapter Relations Committee I, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m., Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street, Erie Room

Chapter Relations Committee II, Monday, July 1, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m., McCormick Place Convention Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, N136

For a selection of other Chapters-related events and programs, visit the Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for CRO and CRC meetings, events, and programs during these annual conferences. Be sure to use the ALA Conference Scheduler to create your own schedule so you don't miss any opportunity at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference!

Also attached is Declaration for the Right to Libraries, which Barbara Stripling, ALA President Elect, described in her message to the ALA Councilors on June 13:

Dear Council colleagues:

My presidential initiative, entitled Libraries Change Lives, will focus on increasing public understanding of the value of libraries, especially in the realms of literacy, innovation, and community engagement.   Now is the time for us to build the public will for libraries of all types.

As part of this effort, we have planned a campaign called America’s Right to Libraries and developed a Declaration for the Right to Libraries (attached) to serve as a strong public statement of the value of libraries for individuals, communities, and our nation.  Through this initiative, libraries of all types will have the opportunity in the next year to hold signing ceremonies where community members, organizations, and officials can visibly sign and stand up for their right to have vibrant school, public, academic, and special libraries in their community. 

Beginning with our Annual Conference in Chicago, we will be inviting ALA members, ALA member groups, Chapter leaders and our affiliates to join us in the effort to secure hundreds of thousands of signatures from community members across the country.  Our plan right now is for the signed scrolls to be presented at a national summit and ceremony to be held in the spring of 2014. 

We hope that you will consider inviting people in your local community and in your state to join us in proclaiming the value of libraries. For those interested in holding local signing ceremonies, we will be providing a “toolkit” to help you plan your signing ceremony, garner public support and attract media attention.

I will be talking more about the campaign when we get together in Chicago in three weeks, but wanted to provide you with some advance information prior to our upcoming Annual Conference.  In the meantime, please share this message and the Declaration with colleagues and friends, and please feel free to contact me with any ideas you may have about how we can use the Declaration to increase public awareness of the incredible value that libraries represent.


Barbara Stripling, ALA President Elect