ALA Chapter Relations Committee Committee
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Over the next six months, members, committees, divisions, round tables, chapters, and affiliates will be working on ALA’s next strategic plan and new strategic directions. This community has been established so we can share our thinking with you and you can reflect, comment and contribute as we work through the process. Here we will post relevant documents and updates as we engage in lively conversation about advocacy, information policy and professional and leadership development strategic directions. We need everyone's voice - so please join the discussion!
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The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion was created in the spring of 2014 by then ALA President Barbara Stripling.
The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase.
To aid with information gathering, it has launched a series of short surveys to be conducted at times to coincide with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. These surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.
The first survey presents the definitions created by the task force — equity, diversity, and inclusion — and asks individuals to consider ALA’s current alignment with those definitions.
The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web. Responses will be collected through Feb. 16, 2015. ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.
The final, analyzed results of the survey will be reported by April 2015 via the Task Force's ALA Connect community and distributed through various ALA channels.
Please take a few minutes to answer the survey, which should take no more than seven minutes to complete.
“Embracing and celebrating diversity and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association. With your help, we hope to ensure these values are upheld,” said Task Force co-Chairs Trevor A. Dawes and Martin L. Garnar.
The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship and our communities. The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation that generated by its plan and recommended actions. The final Task Force report will include recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.
The Chapter Leaders Forum, presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Committee at each ALA Midwinter and Annual, provides a great opportunity for Chapter Leaders (especially incoming leaders) to meet and discuss a full agenda on topics to help prepare them to lead an association. Topics have included Effective Membership Development and Retention, Generating New Revenue, Impactful Lobbying: Local, State and Federal, and Successful Advocacy. This event requires advance registration and includes lunch.
ALA Chapter Relations Office Roster
Ann H. Hamilton (Chair, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Carey D. Hartmann (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Ben Allen Hunter (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Alan A. Kornblau (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Rodney E. Lippard (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Donald L. Roalkvam (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Kelly Marie Robinson (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Suzanne L. Sager (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Eric C. Shoaf (Member, July 1, 2011, to July 22, 2015)
Ms. Elaine E. Steinberg (Member, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Cathy Wolford (Member, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Melissa M. Brooks (Intern, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2016)
Louis Munoz, Jr (Intern, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Caroline Fuchs (ACRL Representative, July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015)
Ms. Dana Lucile Jemison (ALCTS Representative, May 31, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Regina Beach-Bertin (LITA Representative, July 4, 2014, to July 4, 2015)
Felton Thomas, Jr. (PLA Representative, July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015)
Michael P. Dowling (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2050)
Donald Wood (Staff Liaison, February 20, 2009, to November 24, 2050)
• Freedom to Read Foundation—Alan A. Kornblau
• Literacy Assembly—Ann Hamilton, CRC Chair
• Library Education Assembly—Ben Allen Hunter
• Legislation Assembly—Carey D. Hartmann
• Recruitment Assembly—Rodney Lippard
• Planning and Budget Assembly—Don Roalkvam
• Advocacy Group—Ann Hamilton, CRC Chair
Attached are documents related to the Chapter Relations Committee 2014 Annual Conference meetings, including the agenda.
Here are three lists of meetings in chronological order: ALA Chapter Relations Committee Meetings, Chapters-Related Meetings and Events at the Annual Conference (including the CRC meetings), and Other Meetings of Interest to Chapters at the Annual Conference. To place these in your own calendar and to see all the events at conference, visit the ALA Conference Scheduler.
Please visit Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: A Message from ALA President Barbara Stripling (document attached on this discussion).
Visit also ALA Kitchen Table Conversations.
Intellectual Freedom and Ethics
In addition, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) will be bringing forward revisions to several interpretations to the Library Bill of Rights for approval by ALA Council in preparation for the 9th edition of The Intellectual Freedom Manual. Among the interpretations proposed for revision are Diversity in Collection Development, Labels and Ratings Systems, Challenged Resources (formerly Challenged Materials), Advocating Intellectual Freedom (formerly Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom) and Privacy.
The IFC is actively seeking comment on the proposed revisions and will hold an open forum for comment during the IFC/FTRF Issues Briefing Session, Saturday, June 28, 3:00-4:00pm, Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), N109 – or attend a regular meeting of the IFC. For a complete list of interpretations proposed for revision, go to ALA Connect: http://connect.ala.org/node/225148
In preparation for the 9th edition of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Manual and in response to member interest, the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) is drafting an interpretation on copyright (comparable to interpretations in the Library Bill of Rights). The draft statement is intended to take a core concept from the Code of Ethics (in this case, copyright), explain the underlying principles supporting the core concept, and provide some guidance on how to implement these principles. The initial draft was prepared by a working group including members from COPE, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s Advisory Copyright Education Subcommittee, and the ALA Committee on Legislation’s Subcommittee on Copyright. The draft is available online at http://connect.ala.org/files/CopyrightInterprepretation.docx
COPE is seeking comment on the draft prior to its submission to ALA Council and will hold an open hearing during its first business meeting on Friday, June 27, 1:30-3:00pm, Las Vegas Convention Center, N101.