ALA Kitchen Table Conversations Community
Just a reminder that we are again holding Kitchen Table Conversations at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, starting Saturday, January 31, 8:30a.m. The Kitchen Table Conversations continue through Monday. Conversations start at 8:30, 10:30, 1:00 and 3:00 -- and run 1.5 hours. All Kitchen Table Conversations are scheduled in the Hyatt Regency McCormick (HRM), Boardroom 1.
I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to talk with professional colleagues in a small, roundtable environment. This time, we will be focusing primarily on directions for professional and leadership development
To sign up, please click on this link: http://vols.pt/Eab9qU
Safe travels is you're headed to Chicago and I'll hope to see you here.
Call for Facilitators and Moderators for Conversation on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, ALA MW Sunday, Feb 1, 1:00 pmby Nancy Kranich on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 01:28 pm
The ALA Office for Diversity is pleased to note high interest in the upcoming Conversation on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at ALA Midwinter, we have increased our room size and seek additional volunteers for facilitating and note-taking.
We are calling for Harwood trained facilitators to assist with capturing the Midwinter conversation on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion on Sunday, February 1 from 1-2:30pm in McCormick Place West (more info at http://alamw15.ala.org/node/26634).
If you would like a refresher on facilitating and note-taking:
· Facilitator training with the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p4pudivpstz/
· Step-by-Step Guide (attached to this message)
· Copies of the handouts that will be used at the Event (Ground Rules, ASK Exercise) will be posted to the event in the scheduler
Depending on the number of facilitators, we may ask you to also note-take. Alternately you may identify a volunteer recorder at your table, and collect and categorize their notes after the session. If you are able to assist, please RSVP to email@example.com by Wednesday, January 28.
Many thanks for considering this request!
Michelle Harrell Washington, MLIS
Director - Office for Diversity, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street | Chicago, IL 60611
P: 312.280.5295 or 800.545.2433, x5295| F: 312.280.3256 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
TO: ALA members and 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees
FROM: Courtney L. Young, ALA President
RE: ALA Midwinter Meeting: Conversations with members of the ALA Community
DATE: 23 December 2014
At this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community – a community of members, staff and external allies. As we consider future directions for ALA in a time of significant change, your voice is very important. I urge you to participate so you are heard as we consider the best ways for ALA to work with and on behalf of members now and in the future.
The focus of these 1 ½ hour conversations will be Professional and Leadership Development. They will take place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick, Boardroom 1. We are planning four conversations per day, each with up to 16 participants. They will begin on Saturday, January 31, and run through Monday, February 2: 8:30-10:00am, 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30pm, and 3:00-4:30pm. To ensure your seat, please register in advance by visiting http://vols.pt/Eab9qU. We will fill spaces on a first-come basis, and you are welcome to join without signing up provided there’s space. This year, the Kitchen Table Conversations have been included in the Scheduler http://alamw15.ala.org/sessions/kitchentableconversations, so you can add them easily to your schedule.
ALA members experienced in facilitating conversations will facilitate and record the conversations. Following the Midwinter Meeting, we will post notes to the community in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/210217 ) – 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. Feedback from the Kitchen Table Conversations held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, 2014 Midwinter Meeting and 2014 Annual Conference has been shared with the ALA Executive Board and with Division leaders. We will be continuing these conversations at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.
I thank you for your membership, your attendance and your interest in building our professional community together.
Attached is the record of the Kitchen Table Conversations held at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Notes from 11 different Kitchen Table Conversations were pulled together in a continuous stream, then organized under consistent headings. That consolidated and categorized record is attached.
At the beginning of each conversation, participants were asked to react to a "community narrative" that has been built up over preceding conversations -- Annual Conference 2013 (Chicago), Midwinter 2014 (Philadelphia). That "community narrative" is a live narrative that continues to gain nuance and richness through successive conversations. The overall community narrative coming out of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference conversations is attached.
After that initial conversation, participants were asked to focus on their aspirations for, concerns about and recommendations for advocacy by ALA and its member community. An advocacy-specific "community narrative" was also developed. Both the consolidated and categorized notes and the community narrative are being pushed to ALA groups focused on advocacy, as well as to the ALA Executive Board.
We will again be holding Kitchen Table Conversations at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. A specific announcement will be posted here. In the meantime, please continue the conversation by commenting and sharing on this list.
We need your help to get 100 signatures of ALA members!
If you are an ALA member, please add your e-signature to our petition to form/renew an ALA Membership Initiative Group entitled: Libraries Foster Community Engagement.
Sign the e-petition at: http://www.ala.org/CFApps/epetition/index.cfm?pid=D086C2BB10BC9B4D
Please forward to your colleagues.
Nancy Kranich, Petition Initiator
Libraries Foster Community EngagementMIG purpose and goals.
Libraries Foster Community Engagement Membership Initiative Group will provide an ALA organizational home for anyone interested in the work of library-led community engagement. It is a community of practice where participants share experiences facilitating public forums, fostering community and civic engagement, and leading change in communities. Participants will also hear about professional development opportunities and library experiences related to convening, dialogue facilitation, forum moderation, deliberative dialogue and local partnerships to help communities understand issues of concern and solve problems together. This MIG will involve participants from the former Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement MIG, and will include those who advise the ALA Center for Civic Life and those who participate in the Libraries Transforming Communities project. Among the goals for this group are:
- Rename the Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group: “Libraries Foster Community Engagement.”
- Build on the strong work of the earlier MIG begun in 2004.
- Provide a community of practice for those interested in the overarching work of building community relationships (work served by the ALA Center for Civic Life, the Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement MIG, the Libraries Transforming Communities project and other future and past work) that is widely accessible and dynamic for as large a group of participants as possible
- Ensure that the various cohorts who are completing the Harwood Institute Public Innovator labs have an opportunity to share their experiences and resources with their fellow participants