Any previous efforts at measuring/defining effectiveness of ALA resolutions?
Fellow Councilors and ALA Staff,
I’d like to take advantage of your collective memory to ask whether ALA has done:
1) A study of the effectiveness of our passed resolutions AND/OR
2) Established criteria for what constitutes effectiveness (i.e. What are we trying to accomplish with our resolutions? )
If either of these things have been done, where would I find reports of them?
If we haven't done either 1 or 2, I think it might be helpful to think about what we want our resolutions to do once we've passed them.
- Only defined by a policy change by whomever we sent the resolution to?
- Receiving a non form letter written acknowledgment that our resolution has been received?
- Knowing that our message has been read by people outside the library field?
- Knowing that people have taken some sort of action in support of our resolution?
- Knowing out most librarians in this country know what stand we have taken?
- The simple fact that we have placed ALA into the public record?
Once we decide what success is, how should we measure it?
Apologies if this issue has been studied to death already. If so, anyone else interested in reviewing the studies with me?