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Discussion Chapter Councilors Forum during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference

by Donald Wood (staff) on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 05:06 pm

June 29, 2015

The Chapter Councilors Forum meets on Monday, June 29, 4:00–5:30 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m.), Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena, Salon 01-03, during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. This is the official time allotted; however, the forum could continue to 6:00 or later.

The Chapter Councilors Forum is an opportunity for Chapter Councilors to meet and discuss Council issues before the final ALA Council meeting, Council III, scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 7:45am–9:15am, Moscone Convention Center, 134-135 (N).

June 29, 2015

The Chapter Councilors Forum meets on Monday, June 29, 4:00–5:30 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m.), Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena, Salon 01-03, during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. This is the official time allotted; however, the forum could continue to 6:00 or later.

The Chapter Councilors Forum is an opportunity for Chapter Councilors to meet and discuss Council issues before the final ALA Council meeting, Council III, scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 7:45am–9:15am, Moscone Convention Center, 134-135 (N).

Pamela J. Hickson-Stevenson, Ohio Chapter Councilor, has volunteered to facilitate the Chapter Councilors Forum. Suzanne Sager, Oregon Chapter Councilor, has volunteered to assist.

Related Forums

ALA Council Forum I, Sunday, June 28, 8:30pm-10:00pm, Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate C1

ALA Council Forum II, Monday, June 29, 8:30–10pm, Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate C1.

See Also

Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for Chapters. And the ALA Scheduler.

Chapter Councilor page. New information includes what to do if you cannot attend a conference or if you must resign your office, and addresses whether proxy voting is allowed. See heading Answers to Two Often Asked Questions.

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Discussion Urgent: Help Sen. Whitehouse Help School Libraries

by Donald Wood (staff) on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 02:49 pm

April 10, 2015
 
Urgent: Help Sen. Whitehouse Help School Libraries

Good news! Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will offer an amendment

http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/SenWhitehouse-ESEA-Amendment-Language.pdf

this Tuesday to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) calling for an “effective school library program” to be part of that bill when it comes before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP Committee) for a vote.  

So, if your Senator is on the HELP Committee, call again with the amendment.  We still do not have any Senator on record supporting this effort.

Here’s the catch . . . to pass, Sen. Whitehouse’s pro-library, pro-librarian amendment needs at least 13 other Senators on the Committee to vote with him on Tuesday.  

NOW is the time to make a difference—and you will!  

If your Senator is on the HELP Committee, we need you to call or email them. Tell whoever answers that you’d like to speak with the “education staffer.” Tell them, or their voice mail if necessary, how important school librarians are to students’ education and futures. Then ask your Senator to tell Sen. Whitehouse that they will support his “school library amendment” to ESEA. It’s easy and it’s absolutely critical.

School libraries and library jobs are in your hands. PLEASE CALL and get anybody else who cares about school libraries or education in your state to call as well. The Committee votes start 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday. Act now!

Call Your Senator Now!

http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/make-a-call?1&engagementId=91184

Email Your Senator Now!

http://cqrcengage.com/ala/app/write-a-letter?2&engagementId=91187

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Discussion New to ALA Connect? Here's How to Get Started!

by Donald Wood (staff) on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 10:57 am

Thanks to PLA, here are instructions on getting started in ALA Connect. If you have questions, please send them to cro@ala.org.

Discussion ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Survey: Deadline February 16, 2015

by Donald Wood (staff) on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 03:53 pm

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tfedi1web

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.

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Discussion ALA Strategic Planning Forum Feedback Form

by Donald Wood (staff) on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 03:49 pm

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.

Background

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.

Background

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

http://connect.ala.org/strategicplanning

How to post discussion/forum reports on the strategic planning Connect group

http://connect.ala.org/node/233652

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Event Chapter Councilors Forum

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:44 pm

This forum is conducted by the Chapter Councilors prior to the Council Forum for all ALA Councilors on Monday, usually 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

More information about this conference session

Discussion Librarians Build Communities @ Your Conference

by Donald Wood (staff) on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 03:19 pm

 

January 8, 2015

Good afternoon,

As you plan your next annual conference, remember Librarians Build Communities, now an ALA Membership Initiative Group (MIG), has several resources ready to help your association plan a volunteer event for your attendees:

 

January 8, 2015

Good afternoon,

As you plan your next annual conference, remember Librarians Build Communities, now an ALA Membership Initiative Group (MIG), has several resources ready to help your association plan a volunteer event for your attendees:

If you’re unfamiliar with Librarians Build Communities, this is the LBC pamphlet distributed at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference (PDF).

FYI, the LBC MIG is working with ALA Conference Services this Midwinter Meeting to host a blood drive within the ALA Exhibits area. I anticipate receiving a detail-rich article today or tomorrow that will be distributed widely. Meanwhile, here is the blurb that will appear in the upcoming MW conference/program book:

Blood donations help save lives.  January is National Blood Donor Month.  During ALA Midwinter Meeting, join Librarians Build Communities, an ALA Membership Initiative Group, by becoming a donor and participating in the mobile blood drive on either Saturday or Sunday from 10am - 4pm at the end of the 4800 aisle in the Exhibit Hall.  Special thanks to LifeSource.

Happy New Year!

Enjoy a lovely week!

Don

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Discussion Chapter Councilor Forum and Council Forums at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting, Chicago

by Donald Wood (staff) on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 09:34 am

The ALA Council Forums and the Chapter Councilor Forum are scheduled in The Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 565-1234‎ http://bit.ly/1jE3811.

(There is another Hyatt, next to McCormick, but this is on Wacker Drive.)

The ALA Council Forums and the Chapter Councilor Forum are scheduled in The Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 565-1234‎ http://bit.ly/1jE3811.

(There is another Hyatt, next to McCormick, but this is on Wacker Drive.)

  • ALA Council Forum I, Sunday, Feb. 1, 8:30-10:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Columbus AB
  • ALA Chapter Councilors Forum, Monday, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Grand A
  • ALA Council Forum II, Monday, Feb. 2, 8:30-10:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Columbus AB

As you can see on the PDF map of ALA conference hotels, the Hyatt Regency Chicago is #1 at the top of the map, and the McCormick Convention Center and the “other” Hyatt (#4) is at the bottom of the map.

To choose a hotel to stay during conference, the ALA Conference Services team provides a list of the ALA hotels, noting prices, etc., as well as an amenity chart (PDF), noting distance to convention center, shuttle service, number of nearby restaurants, etc.

There are several means to travel between the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the convention center, which are noted on the ALA local transportation page. Transportation means include ALA shuttle buses (PDF), taxis, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus, and the Metra Electric Line. A very quick, easy, and inexpensive way to travel between the McCormick Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency is the Metra Electric Line. The McCormick Convention Center provides this PDF map of the CTA bus and Metra Electric Line. If you do travel by Metra Electric Line, be sure to purchase ticket from machine. Otherwise, there is a $3.00 increase if you purchase your ticket once on board.

A Metra Electric District station is conveniently located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building. Metra Electric commuter railroad provides direct service within seven minutes to and from downtown Chicago. For information on riding the Metra Electric Line, please visit this website: http://metrarail.com/.

If you ride this train between McCormick and the Hyatt Regency Chicago, you can exit the South Water entrance or the Millennium Station/Randolph Street exit (nearer Millennium Park). Exiting at Randolph will let you pass by a Starbuck’s, a Chase Bank ATM, and other stores on that end of the station. There is a small convenience store located at the South Water exit. At this exit on the second floor, however, is another convenience store, a card shop, etc. I’ve attached this .jpg map of how to walk to the Hyatt Regency.

If you prefer to take a taxi, there will be taxis at either the South Water Street or the Randolph Street exit. You must walk to Michigan Avenue to flag a taxi. Taxis often are waiting on Randolph.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me.

Don

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Discussion Chapter Relations Committee Agenda Topics and Chapter Councilors Forum / 2014 ALA Annual Conference

by Donald Wood (staff) on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 04:08 pm

ALA Chapter Relations Committee Meetings at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

Chapter Relations Committee I, Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m., LVCC N220

Chapter Relations Committee II, Monday, June 30, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m., LVCC N201

Agenda Topics / Chapter Relations Committee / 2014 ALA Annual Conference

ALA Chapter Relations Committee Meetings at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference

Chapter Relations Committee I, Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m., LVCC N220

Chapter Relations Committee II, Monday, June 30, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m., LVCC N201

Agenda Topics / Chapter Relations Committee / 2014 ALA Annual Conference

ALA Chapter Councilors Forum

Chapter Councilors Forum, 4:00–5:30 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m.), LVH Pavilion 04

Pamela J. Hickson-Stevenson, Ohio Chapter Councilor to ALA and Deputy Director, Akron-Summit County Public Library, has volunteered to facilitate the Chapter Councilors Forum. Elena Rosenfeld, Colorado Chapter Councilor, has volunteered to assist Pamela.

Other Select Meetings Plus Other Conference Information

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.

Las Vegas Transportation Options: ALA Shuttle Service (PDF), Local Transportation (Conference Services), and Zen and Loaning in Las Vegas (published in American Libraries).

Please visit Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: A Message from ALA President Barbara Stripling (document attached on this discussion).

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Event Chapter Councilors Forum

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

This forum is conducted by the Chapter Councilors prior to the Council Forum for all ALA Councilors on Monday, usually 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

More information about this conference session

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