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An Invitation from ALA President Barbara Stripling

TO:                       ALA members and 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees

FROM:                  Barbara Stripling, ALA President

RE:                       ALA Midwinter Meeting:  Conversations with members of the ALA Community

DATE:                   2 December 2013

 At this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and 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.

These 1 ½ hour conversations will take place Saturday-Monday at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 305 (PCC-305). We are planning four conversations/day, each with 16 participants.  They will begin on Saturday, January 25, and run through Monday, January 27:  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  (mghikas@ala.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 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.  We will be continuing these conversations at the 2014 Annual Conference.

Feedback from the Kitchen Table Conversations held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference has been shared with the ALA Executive Board and with Division leaders.  As the Board considers future directions for ALA in a time of significant change, your voice is very important. I urge you to participate so we can hear your voice as we consider the best ways for ALA to work with and on behalf of members now and in the future.   I thank you for your membership, your attendance and your interest in building our professional community together.