ALA Annual Conference: Conversations with members of the ALA Community
There are still slots available for these sessions, mostly Sunday but scattered other times.
Please forward to your groups too, in case anyone wants to attend.
We’d like a good turnout of ALCTS members. Maybe we can shape the conversations.
ALCTS Executive Director
From: Charles Wilt [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 8:30 AM
Subject: [alctsleaders] RE: Fwd: [oitpadv] Invitation to a "Kitchen Table" conversation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference
I do want to say that this looks like a good opportunity for anyone who can attend one of the sessions.
I would ask that if you do attend that you send a short report on what was discussed to Carolynne Myall, the ALCTS President, email@example.com.
There aren’t many slots available: 12 with 14 participants each.
TO: ALA members and 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees
FROM: Maureen Sullivan, ALA President
DATE: 28 May 2013
At this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, we are holding the first in a series of kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and conference attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community. These conversations are a step in the process of making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together. This process of turning outward to the community – civic, campus, organizational – is at the heart of The Promise of Libraries Transforming Community, funded in its initial phase by IMLS. In this case, we are the community – a community of members, staff, external allies and partners and others in our field.
These 1 ½ hour conversations will take place Saturday-Monday at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in the Hyatt Regency McCormick (HRM), connected to the McCormick Place Convention Center, in Meeting Suite 5. We are planning four conversations/day, each with 14 participants. They will begin on Saturday June 29 and run through Monday July 1: 8:30-10:00am, 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-4:30pm. To ensure your seat, please register in advance registration by contacting Mary Ghikas at ALA (firstname.lastname@example.org ) – and providing a 1st and 2nd choice of day/time. We will fill spaces on a first-come basis.
ALA members experienced in facilitating conversations will facilitate and record the conversations. Following the Annual Conference, we will post notes to the community in ALA Connect – and as we hold future conversations, we will continue to build a rich base of public knowledge about the aspirations and concerns of our community. We will be continuing these conversations at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.
I urge you to participate so we can hear your voice as we consider the best ways for ALA to work with members now and in the future. I thank you for your membership, your attendance and your interest in building our professional community together.