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  • 1.  TAG Structural Models

    Posted Jan 17, 2022 11:23 AM
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    Hello Councilors,
    At last week's TAG session, it was mentioned that it would be helpful to see the TAG models with a column including the current structure. This is quite clearly a bare bones model (as are the recommended models). I hope you will find them helpful.

    Best,
    Amy

    Amy Lappin
    Transforming ALA Governance Task Force Chair

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    Amy Lappin
    Deputy Director
    Lebanon Public Libraries
    She/Her/Hers
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  • 2.  RE: TAG Structural Models

    Posted Jan 19, 2022 10:25 AM

    Somehow I missed this when it was posted, but this gets at my question at Forum last night... the motions we are considering do not commit us to the details in this document, correct? All we would be approving with these motions is the concept of governance by a Board of Directors, exact composition to be determined ("as may be amended with the benefit of the ALA Council's input between now and the June 2022 Annual Conference"); informed by a Body of Knowledge,  which would either be a smaller council  or four assemblies, also exact composition to be determined ("as may be amended with the benefit of the ALA Council's input between now and the June 2022 Annual Conference").

    Is that all correct? I can ask this on the floor this afternoon if that  would be better.



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    Nicholas Tepe
    Director
    Athens County Public Libraries
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  • 3.  RE: TAG Structural Models

    Posted Jan 19, 2022 01:05 PM
    Thanks Nicholas, for putting this questions forward.  I'm eager to hear other opinions on this questions.  I believe if we vote yes on the TAG proposals we are committing to eliminating Council as the policy making and ultimate oversight body of  ALA.

    Jennifer

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    [Jennifer] [Boettcher]
    Business Reference Librarian
    boettcher@georgetown.edu
    (202) 687-7495
    @jenny.wombat
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  • 4.  RE: TAG Structural Models

    Posted Jan 19, 2022 01:27 PM
    Correct, but what I am trying to confirm is that we are not committing to how the new policy making body (Board of Directors) or the new body of knowledge (Council/Assemblies) are composed.

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    Nicholas Tepe
    Director
    Athens County Public Libraries
    He/Him/His
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  • 5.  RE: TAG Structural Models

    Posted Jan 19, 2022 01:34 PM
    Hi Nicholas,

    If we vote yes to the third motion, we are definitely setting a direction and beginning the process, but not committing to the structure sent out by TAG. 

    Thanks,
    Amy

    Amy Lappin
    Deputy Director
    Lebanon Public Libraries
    Lebanon, NH 03766
    603-448-2459

    ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2020-2022






  • 6.  RE: TAG Structural Models

    Posted Jan 19, 2022 01:33 PM
    Nicholas, hello, and thank you for your thoughtful comments and questions last night during Forum. 

    Yes, I read the TAG motions the way you do. As you state, "All we would be approving with these motions is the concept of governance by a Board of Directors, exact composition to be determined ('as may be amended with the benefit of the ALA Council's input between now and the June 2022 Annual Conference'); informed by a Body of Knowledge, which would either be a smaller council  or four assemblies, also exact composition to be determined ('as may be amended with the benefit of the ALA Council's input between now and the June 2022 Annual Conference')." 

    Regarding posting to the Council Connect group, I can understand why you might ask if it's ok to post here, given that there is so little member-generated traffic these days. Council list discussions used to be much more robust (for those of us around in the mid-1990s, the conversation sometimes became TOO robust, but that's a memory for us old-timers to chaw over). 

    Speaking only as a personal Councilor and basing my comments on my own experience on Council these past 20+ years, I think those list conversations were often beneficial. First, they went to all Councilors (unlike Forum discussions, which are only heard by those present). Second, they whetted Council's appetite for floor discussions at Council. Third, some of the administrivia around resolutions was resolved in advance, leaving more time for actual deliberation.

    My .02... see you at Council!

    Karen G. Schneider
    ALA Councilor at Large
    ALA Executive Board 2019-2022