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Invitation from ALA President Barbara Stripling: 2014 Annual Conference Kitchen Table Conversations

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, 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, external allies and partners, and others in our field.  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 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, at the LVH Executive Boardroom.  We are planning four conversations/day, each with approximately 16 participants.  They will begin on Saturday, June 28, and run through Monday, June 30: 8:30-10:00am, 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-4:30pm.  To ensure your seat, please register in advance by  sending an email to Mary Ghikas, ALA Senior Associate Executive Director (mghikas@ala.org). Please indicate a first and second choice, if possible.

ALA members and staff will be facilitating and taking notes at the conversations.  Following the Annual Conference, we will post notes to the community in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/210217 ). You will find notes from previous conversations there.  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 in 2015 – in Chicago and San Francisco.

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.  Feedback from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting conversation, which focused on the ALA Annual Conference, has been pushed out to the ALA Conference Committee, as well as to the ALA Executive Board and Division leadership.   As the Board and member groups across the Association consider 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.  [2013-2014 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling]