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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!

Over the next 12 months ALA leadership will be working with members, committees, divisions, round tables, chapters, and affiliates on the Association’s new strategic initiatives.  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.  We need everyone's voice - so please join the discussion!

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by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 01:13 pm

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!

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!

The file folders for this strategic planning community contain key documents for your reference. These include:

  1. Background Documents: An overview of the Planning Process and the 1) advocacy, 2) information policy and 3) professional and leadership development strategic directions
  2. A Planning Forum Discussion Guide with discussion questions for committees, divisions, round tables, interest groups, chapters and affiliates.
  3. The report from the joint ALA-Division Leadership Planning Session in Fall of 2014
  4. Planning Updates (issued from time to time)
  5. Reports from Planning discussions and forums
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File Strategic-Directions-2017_Update

by Jody Gray-IL (staff) on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 04:01 pm

PDF File, 75.17 KB

File Florida-Library-Association-Libraries-into-the-Future-Discussion-May-2015

by Kathy Rosa-IL (staff) on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 03:59 pm

PDF File, 226.53 KB

Discussion Proposed strategic framework and plan

by Courtney Young on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 09:39 am

May 26, 2015

Dear ALA Colleagues:

I am pleased to forward for your consideration a new proposed strategic framework and plan for the American Library Association (ALA), http://connect.ala.org/node/239337, which has been submitted by the ALA Executive Board for consideration and approval by ALA Council at our upcoming Annual Conference in San Francisco.

May 26, 2015

Dear ALA Colleagues:

I am pleased to forward for your consideration a new proposed strategic framework and plan for the American Library Association (ALA), http://connect.ala.org/node/239337, which has been submitted by the ALA Executive Board for consideration and approval by ALA Council at our upcoming Annual Conference in San Francisco.

Over the last two years, we have talked with members about their aspirations for our Association and for libraries, and about how we might best achieve these aspirations. These conversations have involved dozens of member “kitchen table” groups, chapter forums, virtual town hall meetings, divisions, round tables, committees, affiliates, and ALA Council and the ALA-wide Planning and Budget Assembly. The attached plan reflects a synthesis of these conversations, and the many thoughtful comments and suggestions we received.

As President, I am pleased that the proposed plan reflects ALA’s continuing commitment to literacy, intellectual freedom, diversity, equity of access, the improvement of library services for all, and the promotion of public policies which protect and increase access to information.

The plan builds on our organizational values and the key action areas, which have been approved by ALA Council as programmatic priorities on an annual basis. Within this framework, the strategic directions and their attendant goals and strategies represent areas of intense focus for the next 3-5 years. The goals articulate the outcomes we would like to achieve and answer the question: “what would success look like?” The strategies articulate how we would move toward the achievement of these goals.

For each of the strategic directions – Advocacy, Information Policy, Professional and Leadership Development - key stakeholders, including Council committees, divisions, round tables, chapters and affiliates have helped develop implementation plans that further outline objectives supporting each strategy and specific tactics to achieve these objectives. While the goals and strategies are more long term, the objectives and tactics will be updated on an ongoing basis as part of a continuous process of assessment and evaluation, and will be reflected in the Association’s annual action plans and budget priorities.

I hope you are as excited about the new strategic plan as I am. Given the challenges and opportunities facing libraries today, we believe that our new plan and strategic directions will
help us build a stronger Association - and stronger libraries for all.

For more information on the strategic directions and the implementation plans, as well as planning forums and conversations, see http://connect.ala.org/strategicplanning. Your comments, questions and suggestions are also invited.

Sincerely,

Courtney Young
ALA President

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File Strategic-Directions---May-19-2015

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 09:07 am

PDF File, 222.1 KB

File Arkansas-Libraries-into-the-Future-Discussion

by Michael Dowling on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 09:26 am

DOCX File, 14.06 KB

File Maryland-and-Delaware-Libraries-into-the-Future-Discussion

by Michael Dowling on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 09:24 am

DOCX File, 15.2 KB

File Advocacy-Implementation-Plan-5-15-15

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

PDF File, 453.02 KB

File Information-Policy-Implementation-Plan-5-15-15

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

PDF File, 181.84 KB

File Professional---Leadership-Development-Implementation-Plan-5-15-15

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Thu, May 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

PDF File, 336.49 KB

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