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2016 ALSC National Institute  

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21st Century Skills Discussion Group  

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508ers  

Building a 508-style approach to getting vendors to take more responsibility about accessibility

- Building a more general community of practice for sharing accessibility information, and participating in the larger public sector in doing that

 

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About ALA  

New to ALA? Confused by its structure? Just want to know more about how it became the way it is and how it all works? This is the group for you.

 

 

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Accessibility Subgroup of the DCWG  

This group is just now forming.  A mission statement with outcomes will be developed soon.

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Accessibility Testing  

This is where we'll meet virtually and in real-time to test ALA Connect with accessible devices.

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ACRL Assessment in Action curriculum design team  

A closed working group for curriculum designers of ACRL's IMLS grant project Assesment in Action

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ACRL Board of Director’s Public Community  

Public discussions and

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ACRL Division-Level Committee Public Community  

ACRL Division-Level Committee Public Community Who can Join? ACRL members.
Who can see that the community exists?

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ACRL Leadership Discussion Group  

To provide a forum for conversation, communication and collaboration about leadership and management issues important to academic librarians.

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ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group  

To discuss methods, best practices, and assessment for developing case-by-case and programmatic efforts related to student retention. 

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ACRL Technical Services Interest Group  

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group provides a broad framework for information exchange on current developments and activities related to technical services including, but not limited to, collection development, collection management, acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries. In support of the mission of ACRL, the group develops programs and fosters and sponsors education and training opportunities that contribute to and enhance an understanding of acquisitions, metadata services and resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries.  

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ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative  

The ACRL Board Working Group is considering next steps for the Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Research, Review, and Report to advance ACRL's Strategic Priority 4: Increase recognition of the value of academic libraries and librarians by leaders in higher education, information technology, funding agencies, and campus decision making.

Members of this closed community will brainstorm ideas to develop the tools or further research suggested by the report to help the profession articulate the value of academic libraries.

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ACRL Working Group on Council of Liaisons  

At the Fall Executive Committee Meeting, the ACRL Board of Directors reviewed and discussed recommendations from a board working group (Carr, Chabot, Kopecky, and Malone) regarding the Council of Liaisons and how to best manage ACRL’s liaison relationships. Based on that discussion, it was recommended that an expanded working group adding Susan Kroll and Bede Mitchell, chair and vice-chair of the Council of Liaisons, be charged to continue this work.

 

The charge for the working group is as follows:

 

  • Develop a model to separate the subject specific liaison relationships and the higher education liaison relationships that includes:
  • A clearly articulated goal/desired outcome(s) for ACRL’s higher education liaison relationships.
  • A clearly articulated goal/desired outcome(s) for ACRL’s liaison relationships with subject discipline organizations.
  • A clearly articulated relationship (or not) between the higher ed liaisons, the subject liaisons, and the ACRL Board.
  • How liaison organizations will be identified including what criteria will be used.
  • How individual liaisons will be identified and selected including what criteria will be used.
  • How individual liaisons will report their accomplishments and evaluate progress on strategic goal(s).  Will it be the same process for higher education relationships as subject discipline relationships?
    • Develop a transition timeline and overview from the current structure to the model proposed.
      • Consider how ACRL liaisons could be better prepared with a sense of mission and objectives to carry out their liaison activities.
      • Describe a relationship between the Council of Liaisons (or whatever new model is developed) and the sections if sections are empowered to continue subject discipline liaison relationships on their own.
      • Consider under what model relationships with accrediting agencies should be developed.
      • Consider how/if liaisons can support and evaluate the work of their peers despite each liaison relationship having unique goals and expectations. It can be challenging for the Council of Liaisons members as currently described to evaluate their strategic connection because the current membership is primarily liaisons with unique goals.

 

Working Assumptions:

  • New and current appointments can be managed in parallel with the revision of the COL process. Current terms/relationships will be honored through the end of their terms. New terms could finish under a new model for the ACRL liaison structure and/or funding.
  • Higher education liaison relationships are strategic investments; the Board wants a closer relationship with all strategic higher education liaisons. 
  • There are many ways to have an effective strategic liaison relationship; conference attendance by liaisons is only one possible mechanism and it is not mandatory.
  • There will be a moratorium on all new liaison relationships until a new liaison model is established.
  • In the new model, sections could choose to use their basic services funds to continue their subject specific liaison relationships.  
  • The Council of Liaisons working group will coordinate with the Section Basic Services Funding Working Group to ensure that the subject specific liaison model is accounted for in changes to section basic services funds.

Deadline: Midwinter 2010, document deadline is December 15, 2009.

 

 

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ACRL/LLAMA/ASCLA Presidents' Program Committee  

To assist in the planning of the ACRL/LLAMA/ASCLA joint Presidents' Program and to handle all local arrangements.

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ACRL/RBMS Digital Special Collections Discussion Group  

To provide an open forum for discussion of any aspect of digital projects and programs related to manuscripts, rare books, and other special collections materials. Discussion may include, but is not limited to, digitized or born-digital materials, digitization processes, metadata, access, preservation, outreach, and intellectual property issues.

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Adult Literacy Toolkit Working Group  

This moderated community is a collaborative space, intended to facilitate the development of the Adult Literacy Toolkit, to be released 2011-12. 

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan  

The American Library Association is beginning work on its next strategic plan, which will cover the period from 2010 to 2015.

An important part of this planning process is the "environmental scan", which consists of gathering and discussing information on the environment within which the association is currently operating and in which it will operate over the next five years.

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ALA Accessibility Awareness Working Group  

Lobby to ensure that ALA comprehensively celebrates the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act through collaboration across divisions and member groups.

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ALA Branding, Marketing & Design Advisory Group  

To advise the Web Editorial Board so that all of the American Library Association’s web presences: 

  • Are clearly and consistently branded, both visually and in text, as part of the ALA and follow guidelines for use of ALA logo (at-a-glance recognition through branding);
  • Communicate the value of ALA and ALA’s brands to members, prospective members, customers, prospective customers, donors, prospective donors, and others.
  • Support marketing, fundraising, and association-wide upsell efforts; and 
  • Motivate site visitors to take appropriate action: join, renew, register, learn, nominate, vote, volunteer, tweet, donate, buy, etc….

The Advisory Group will:

  •  Recommend branding identifiers for inclusion on sites, subsites, and microsites: “Brought to you by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, an office of the American Library Association.” 
  • Review logos, graphics, page layouts and overall designs for new and revised web projects; work with the Sr. Usability Officer to ensure that sites do not violate best practices in usability and accessibility.
  • Recommend appropriate guidelines and policies to the Web Editorial Board.

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