Our work this year--please read and respond
I hope you have not forgotten that you are on the Literacy Committee this year! Getting started for the year has been delayed until Barb Stripling and I could talk about her vision for what we do as a committee this year and that has morphed quite a bit since she took office in June. But I know this awesome group can get busy right away--and do significant work; the literacy resolution written by last year's committee and adopted by ALA Council at Annual proves that.
Barbara feels that literacy needs to belong to libraries and thus ALA in the public eye and that we as a committee, with the able assistance of OLOS staff, can make great strides to make ALA a portal, a go-to place online, for literacy, all literacies. She and I also feel that there are already a lot of resources that are not visible to members and the public.
After discussion with Michelle Washington and John Amundsen from the OLOS office, I have a direction for our work this year to meet that goal. How?
1. Michelle and John will work on gathering links to existing resources and coordinating with the Web Advisory Committee to get more visibility for the Literacy page on the ALA site. (Did you know there is an existing Literacy page just waiting for our attention? http://ala.org/advocacy/literacy
2. John will post what he finds on ALA Connect. I will poll the members of our Committee to find out who is not yet familiar with connect; it will be our workspace.
3. The Committee will scrutinize what he lists and suggest what is missing and how to emphasize what is already available, with the lens of both ALA members and the public. We will look at how a portal approach might be arranged. This will be accomplished before Midwinter and the Literacy Assembly.
4. The agenda of the Literacy Assembly will be to look at the Committee's work and collectively make recommendations of resources and areas to develop.
5. Between Midwinter and Annual, we will collectively refine the web page to be meaningful and important to libraries of all types and to communitites.
5. We (Committee and staff together) will promote our work via such ALA initiatives as http://www.ilovelibraries.org/ and http://atyourlibrary.org/ as well as social media channels, press releases and, hopefully, more visibility on the ALA front web page.
An example from Barbara Stripling that is our focus needs to be avigating the literacy stakes that different divisions have planted. Our work needs to be a way to highlight what is going on throughout the organization on literacy, not perceived as a threat to divisions or other units who might think big ALA is intruding on their turf. Michelle and John can be the connection with the staffs of those units once we have identified everything that’s going on throughout the organization. We can develop a portal that pops the ALSC awards, AASL awards, YALSA awards, for example without the public having to know who “owns” these awards, what “ALSC” means, for instance This should be a win-win, a very positive situation.
I WELCOME your thoughts about our initial plan and look forward to working with you. PLEASE post your reaction or just “I read this” so that I know we are communicating through ALA Connect.