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  • 1.  TAG Update

    Posted Nov 05, 2021 10:52 AM

    Dear Council Members, 

    As you may be aware the Transforming ALA Governance Task Force was appointed by President Patty Wong in August of 2021 following on the work of the Forward Together Resolutions Working Group which disbanded at the end of ALA Annual in June of 2021. 

    Our charge: To a) indicate and operationalize the culture changing principles of the Avenue M report, SCOE recommendations, the Forward Together work, and a new governance landscape, b) establish a regular governance review process, and c) assess the larger governance change-management projects and tasks that need to be addressed and create a plan to address them.

    The TAG Task Force has been meeting regularly since late August. Our mission is to identify the work that needs to be done to transform governance based on the feedback from ALA members, Council, and ALA leadership over the past 4 years. We are approaching the charge by taking a high level  look at governance from structural, functional, and cultural perspectives. Our mission is driven by a desire to make ALA governance more effective, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of libraries and library workers. 

    Much of the work is not easy to capture in a few paragraphs in terms of "what we've been up to." But, please know that we are working away. By LibLearnX in January, we will be bringing you a timeline for moving ahead in the transformational process including procedural considerations and a plan for better membership engagement in governance. We are also working on recommendations regarding the culture and effectiveness of Council that can begin immediately regardless of Council's future make up or size.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at this time. I look forward to communicating with you as the process evolves.  



    Amy Lappin
    Transforming ALA Governance Task Force Chair
    ALA Councilor-at=Large



    Amy Lappin
    Deputy Director
    Lebanon Public Libraries

  • 2.  RE: TAG Update

    Posted Nov 05, 2021 10:59 AM

    Thank you. I know this work is challenging. I had been wondering how you wre proceeding, so this update is timely. We will appreciate your efforts in January when we can see them and vote on plans to move forward.

    Dorcas Hand

    TX Chapter Councilor

  • 3.  RE: TAG Update

    Posted Nov 05, 2021 11:09 AM
    Thank you Dorcas. I should add that we are looking forward to having information to Council ahead of time in order to have what we believe will be a productive and energizing discussion at LibLearnX in January.


  • 4.  RE: TAG Update

    Posted Nov 05, 2021 12:51 PM
    Hello TAG,
    I find your documents in the Exec Board interesting.

    Can I suggest you also look at the American Bar Assoc.  They have a similar structure (Board of Gov and House of Delegates) and both geographic and functional units. 



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  • 5.  RE: TAG Update

    Posted Nov 05, 2021 01:18 PM
    Hello Jennifer,
    Thanks for the suggestion.


    Amy Lappin
    Deputy Director
    Lebanon Public Libraries
    Lebanon, NH 03766

    NH Library Association Immediate Past President, 2021
    ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2020-2022