ALA Chapter Relations Committee Committee
June 23, 2015
This agenda discussion will continue through the 2015 Annual Conference.
Meetings of the Chapter Relations Committee are open. The CRC schedule and other Chapters-related events are on the website, including locations.
Today, June 23, three additional documents were added:
ALA Executive Board - Liaison Talking Points (new). James Neal, ALA Board member, and Board liaison to the CRC, will discuss these at CRC II, on Monday.
ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (TF-EDI), Report to the ALA Council and Executive Board, ALA Annual Conference, June 2015, San Francisco, CA. Majed Khader, TF-EDI liaison to the CRC, will discuss this report at CRC II, on Monday.
ALA Strategic Planning Forum Feedback Form http://www.ala.org/aboutala/strategicform
On this online form, you have an opportunity to comment on Advocacy, Information Policy, and Professional and Leadership Development. You will need to submit one form per topic.
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!
Strategic Planning Community
How to post discussion/forum reports on the strategic planning Connect group
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.