ALCTS LLAMA LITA Alignment Discussion

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A community for discussing the potential alignment of ALA's functional divisions (currently ALCTS, LLAMA, and LITA). Whether this would be a model for increased collaboration between the divisions or something bigger involving shared/joint membership and structural realignments, or even a full merger to a new single division, has not been decided.

Q3: What Should We Leave Behind?

  • 1.  Q3: What Should We Leave Behind?

    Posted Dec 04, 2018 04:09 PM
    Edited by Joel Tonyan Dec 04, 2018 04:30 PM

    Thanks to all who participated in our New Division E-Forum, which took place on November 27 and 28, 2018. Great conversations took place in the forum, and the communications working group wants to make sure that those conversations can continue! Please take part in this thread and the other six (linked below), and respond to anything that catches your attention.

    The Other Discussion Threads:

    Q1: Current Membership Perks

    Q2: What should we take forward?

    Q4: Much Excite!

    Q5: Future Membership Benefits

    Q6: Finding Your Home

    Q7: Continuing the Conversation

    This is Thread Q3: What should we leave behind?

    What weaknesses do you see in your current division?  How would you like to see them improved upon in a new division?

    Forum Responses:

    In general, most of the weaknesses given were then followed with how uniting the three divisions could bolster that particular weakness. For example, the most often mentioned weakness was a focus on leadership development, which participants mentioned could be improved by joining with LLAMA. Other weaknesses that were mentioned included a lack of beginning-to-end career development, the financial expense of traveling to conferences/forums, an absence of programming presented by mid-to-late career professionals, and challenges regarding producing quality continuing education.

    Joel Tonyan
    Systems and User Experience Librarian
    University of Colorado Colorado Springs