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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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Discussion Join the Discussion!

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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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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Discussion Join the Discussion!

by JoAnne M. Kempf (staff) on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm

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!

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!

The file folder for this strategic planning community contains a number of key background documents. These include:

  1. An overview of the 1) advocacy, 2) information policy and 3) professional and leadership development strategic initiatives
  2. An overview of the planning process over the coming year, as well as discussion questions for committee, division, round table, chapter and affiliate discussions and forums
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Discussion How to post discussion/forum reports on the strategic planning Connect group

by Keith Fiels on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 01:04 pm

To post a report on your discussion/forum,

Use the Feedback Form in the Discussion Guide (available in the document folder on this Connect group), or any format that works for you (you can see that my report from the Illinois Library Association session is a little different in format). We'll even take a pdf of a hand written Feedback Form (goal is to make it as easy as possible).

We will then post the report into the file folder for "Reports from Discussion Forums" - and will incorporate your feedback into the draft plans as we move forward.

To post a report on your discussion/forum,

Use the Feedback Form in the Discussion Guide (available in the document folder on this Connect group), or any format that works for you (you can see that my report from the Illinois Library Association session is a little different in format). We'll even take a pdf of a hand written Feedback Form (goal is to make it as easy as possible).

We will then post the report into the file folder for "Reports from Discussion Forums" - and will incorporate your feedback into the draft plans as we move forward.

Please let us know if you have any problems or need any assistance.

Keith

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Discussion Welcome to Strategic Planning Connect Group

by Keith Fiels on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I'd like to welcome everyone who has joined the strategic planning community over the last couple of days following Courtney Young's message to the membership.

I had an opportunity to lead a forum/"kitchen table" conversation at the Illinois Library Association conference in Springfield last week. Lots of great ideas and insights. I'll be posting a report to the group next week (Board and budget meetings the next five days).

Stay tuned...

Keith

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