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ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee (Association for Library Services to Children) Committee

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Online Doc November 2017 Meeting Minutes

by Africa Hands on Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 05:19 pm

Discussion August 2017 Committee Meeting Minutes

by Africa Hands on Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

Attendees: Kendra, Karlyn, Africa, Nate
Absent: Barbara, Johanna, Nichole

 
Meeting 2pm August 8, 2017
 

Attendees: Kendra, Karlyn, Africa, Nate
Absent: Barbara, Johanna, Nichole

 
Meeting 2pm August 8, 2017
 
Committee member introductions were made. Members discussed the difference between advocacy and programming.

 
Co-chairs reviewed committee member expectations including a discussion of past blog posts and EA website. The blog schedule was reviewed and members were reminded to select a month to post. Blog posts about the EA website are intended to help ALSC members navigate the website and learn about advocacy resources. Each committee member is expected to write at least one blog post; members will likely write 2 during a one-year time period. Nate inquired about getting started resources for new committee members. 

 
Co-chairs discussed the possibility of organizing a webinar for youth services managers. Kendra talked with Managing Children's Services committee; we're waiting to hear back, spring may be better timing for that committee; we may work with one person to craft the workshop. Members brainstormed topics and lingering questions regarding librarians engaging in advocacy work. Is it an ethics issue or management issue? Is advocacy part of librarians everyday work of providing information to patrons? How can you communicate with higher ups so staff can advocate for services?
 
The advocacy session at ALSC Leadership Meeting was discussed.
 
Other business: None.

Meeting adjourned: 2:42 pm

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Online Doc August 2017 Committee Meeting Agenda

by Africa Hands on Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm

Agenda is attached.

Discussion September 2017 Quarterly Report

by Africa Hands on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 05:33 pm
Reporting Period*: September 15
Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: ALSC Advocacy and Legislation
Priority Group Area *: Child Advocacy (PGC I)
Current Chair(s)*: Africa Hands, Kendra Jones
Chair's Email*: peaceluvbks@gmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable): asheri@rocketmail.com
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members (names only (no dates), separate by comma, do not include chair)*: Ms. Nichole Darcel Brown,
Barbara A. Genco,
Mr. Nathaniel D. Halsan,
Johanna Ulloa Giron,
Mrs. Karlyn Rebecca Spevacek
Per the Division Leadership Manual, the committee is expected to annually review its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan. When did you last review it with your committee? Note: Recommendations for changes should be submitted to Organization & Bylaws. : May 15 Reporting Period
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last report. Please remember not to include confidential or sensitive information.*: The committee prepared and presented a brief advocacy tools activity at ALA Annual in Chicago, we have begun collaboration with the Managing Children's Services Committee on advocacy and legislation topics, we collaborated with the Public Awareness Committee on a presentation proposal for ALA 2018 and ALSC Institute 2018 expanding on the activity presented at ALA 2017, we welcomed several new members, and held one conference call meeting.
Please do not copy a.../Diversity and Inclusion:  
Please do not copy a.../Advocacy: We are working with PAC and MCS to create educational opportunities and share tools to help staff be better advocates for library services. We continue to contribute to the ALSC blog with interviews of librarians and supporters doing grassroots advocacy.
Please do not copy a.../Learning and Development: We are working with PAC and MCS to create educational opportunities and share tools to help staff be better advocates for library services. A webinar is in development and sessions have been proposed for ALA 2018 and ALSC Institute 2018.
An ALSC core value is collaboration. Please describe collaborations you have initiated or would like to initiate with other ALSC or ALA committees to help further your work. Please list the desired outcomes you envision from this/these collaboration(s). What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward?: Again, we are collaborating with both the Managing Children's Services Committee and the Public Awareness Committee to create tools and a webinar and presentations on the topic of advocacy and legislation. We have submitted the presentation proposals in collaboration with PAC so the next steps depend on whether or not the proposal is accepted. We are waiting for a volunteer from the Managing Children's Services Committee to assist with the webinar development. We have communicated with them the idea and the chairs are on board. Now it is a matter of them finding a committee member to work on this project in conjunction with our committee. If they find a volunteer we will create a webinar proposal with their assistance. If they do not find a volunteer we will still seek their input on the best ways to reach managers and help them understand the importance of their employees participating in advocacy activities.
Please describe activities you would like to pursue for future education topics, publications, or online resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? What are the next steps you have set to accomplish this? What assistance do you need in taking this forward? Please be as detailed as possible.: A toolkit for NLLD is already in the works to be developed by the Public Awareness Committee.
If you could recommend a research topic, pertaining to the realm of your committee’s work, to an academic colleague, what would you request s/he research and why? (In other words, what gaps in research do you see in this particular area so that ALSC can share with the Association for Library and Information Science Educators and/or help develop ALSC's own research agenda?): Something we struggle with is how librarians are not allowed to do any kind of advocacy or legislative activity on paid time, and are resistant to doing so on their own time. It would be really helpful to understand the reasoning for this, as it appears to vary from library to library. This wouldn't be an in depth research study, but if there are libraries who allow their staff to advocate and participate in legislative activities, do they see a benefit from that advocacy? If so, what is the benefit and how can other libraries replicate their success? Everylibrary seems to exist for this very reason, but they can't help every library with this issue. Not sure if this is a research topic, but it's certainly a gap in understanding and knowledge!
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?: Email, Conference calls
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space., Saving emails in folder to forward to next chair.
Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/ aboutalsc/coms.*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/ aboutalsc/coms*: Yes

 
 

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File AdvocacyLegMay2017Report

by Kendra Jones on Sun, May 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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Discussion April 2017 Meeting Notes

by Africa Hands on Sun, May 7, 2017 at 07:05 pm

April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017

Attending: Kendra, Karlyn, Angela, Barbara, Africa, JoAnna, Susan
 
Survey observations: Committee discussed the results of the resource survey. Committee members notes the interest in statistics and time to do advocacy at work. Regarding the issue of time, Kendra and others notes that some staff are not allowed to do any activities that seems like lobbying on work time. Staff need to take vacation time to attend NLLD or state-level advocacy events. Sometimes staff can do advocacy work but not direct lobbying such as asking people to vote a certain way. Africa asked: How can we encourage people to lobby and advocate from home? The committee provides resources for participating virtually with NLLD but there still is a need to empower or persuade non-managerial librarians to participate in advocacy work. Angela suggested the peer-to-peer approach of asking 5 friends or family members to support an issue and then ask 5 more friends and family. JoAnna suggest staff ask employers to do 30 minutes of advocacy-related work on the job and also to ask employers what is the policy around lobbying or advocating while at work. One way staff can participate is to schedule tweets in advance. Africa and Barbara asked what kind of education needs to be done at the management level? How does PLA handle this? Kendra suggests working with other committees to stress to managers the importance of this work. The committee will consider offering a webinar with Managing Children’s Services Committee for library managers. 
 
VLLD preparation: Africa and Kendra are working with Jenna to update VLLD resources on the EA website. Resources requested by survey participants include: elevator speech templates, fact and tip sheets, and business cards. Barbara suggested we include Info on why IMLS is so important. To that end, the committee will request that Jenna post the NLLD issue briefs on the EA website, which includes information on the importance of IMLS funding. Angela will distribute the impact statements submitted to ALSC. Karlyn will draft an email with links to specific resources that committee members can post to various listservs like ALA Think Tank, ALSC-list, Storytime Underground, Emerging Leaders social media platforms, and state listservs. The committee is in agreement that people need regular reminders of the resources available on the EA website and need to hear from different voices even with the regularity of Take Action Tuesday messages. The committee also decided to direct users to District Dispatch rather than update the letter to legislators template.
Committee members noted that people need more help on the grassroots advocacy.
 
Tips from Angela: Angela offers tips for attending our first NLLD. She suggested we plan our talks with our state delegation, have an ask, take notes on resources that are helpful (and not helpful) when talking with legislators, and pack light. 
 
 
 

 

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Discussion Minutes October 2016 Committee Meeting

by Africa Hands on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 05:24 pm

Discussion Agenda: October committee meeting

by Africa Hands on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 at 02:07 pm

Please see the attached agenda. The committee will meet Monday, Oct. 24th at 4:30pm EST. Call-in instructions are on the agenda.

Discussion October committee meeting

by Africa Hands on Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 08:46 am

The next meeting of the ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee will be Monday, Oct. 24th at 4:30pm EST via conference call.

Discussion September 2016 Quarterly Report

by Africa Hands on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 at 04:11 pm

The following was submitted as the September 2016 quarterly report.

 

The following was submitted as the September 2016 quarterly report.

 

Reporting Period*: September 15
Name of Committee or Task Force*: Advocacy and Legislation
Priority Group Area *: Child Advocacy (PGC I)
Current Chair(s)*: Africa Hands and Kendra Jones
Chair's Email*: asheri@rocketmail.com
Co-Chair's email (if applicable): peaceluvbks@gmail.com
Incoming Chair (if known):  
Committee/Task Force Members*: Africa S. Hands (Co-Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Kendra Lu Jones (Co-Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Susan Kusel (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018) 
Hedra L. Packman (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
JoAnna Schofield (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Karlyn Spevacek (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mary Voors (Representative to the Board, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017)
Matthew J. McLain (Consultant, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Angela Hubbard (Staff Liaison, June 1, 2015, to July 31, 2020)
Has the committee recently reviewed its function statement to ensure the charge meets the responsibilities of the priority group area, recent changes to the professional environment, and facilitates the implementation of the ALSC Strategic Plan? Note: Recommendations should be submitted to Organizations & Bylaws.  *: Yes
Summarize work accomplished, decisions reached, and follow-up action needed (objectives, timetable, and assignments) since your last meeting.*: Since meeting at ALA in Florida, the committee has welcomed new members to the committee, held a conference call, assigned monthly blog posts, decided on a new direction for blog posts and brainstormed topics, and one member created a blog post template for the committee to use. Committee chairs submitted a request to the ALSC Board that this committee be transitioned to a virtual committee.
Please describe the activities or resources the committee has created since the last report that have specifically supported and furthered ALSC’s Strategic Plan? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan*: As the committee is beginning anew with new members and focus, resources have not yet been created. The committee has continued posting to ALSC blog since the last report with posts touching on all three areas of the ALSC Strategic Plan.
Please list other ALSC committees you think you could collaborate with on issues or projects to help further your work:: LSSPCC Public Awareness committee
Please list any suggestions you have for future education topics, publications, or online resources (such as toolkits) to be developed based on the committee’s work? Please be as detailed as possible.: Additional resources and publications may not be needed at present as there are several advocacy and legislation related resources already available through ALSC and ALA.
If you could recommend a research topic, pertaining to the realm of your committee’s work, to an academic colleague, what would you request s/he research and why? (In other words, what gaps in research do you see in this particular area?): Research on the effectiveness of grassroots and grasstops lobbying on behalf of libraries and children's services.
If you are a virtual committee or task force, what is your primary method for holding meetings or communicating?: Email, Conference calls
When you communicate electronically, how are you preserving the work of the committee for the next committee?*: Posting minutes in committee's ALA Connect space., Saving emails in folder to forward to next chair.
For non book and media award chairs- Did you attend or watch the online committee/task force orientation? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms  (Award/Notable chairs attend a face-to-face orientation).*: Yes
If you are the chair of a virtual committee/task force, have you reviewed the resources available in the Best Practices for Virtual Committee Work wiki? http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/coms*: Yes

 

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