ALA Chapter Councilors Committee
April 10, 2015
Urgent: Help Sen. Whitehouse Help School Libraries
Good news! Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will offer an amendment
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!
Email Your Senator Now!
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.
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
January 8, 2015
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:
- Complete LBC toolkit (.pdf)
- Customizable LBC flyer (.doc)
- LBC Press Release (.doc)
- Sample Letter to Organizations (.doc)
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!
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.
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
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.
Please visit Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: A Message from ALA President Barbara Stripling (document attached on this discussion).