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.

New Division e-Forum Discussion - 11/27 & 11/28

  • 1.  New Division e-Forum Discussion - 11/27 & 11/28

    Posted Nov 27, 2018 09:10 AM

    Join members of the project Communications Working Group on Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28 for an e-Forum discussion to chat about the divisions as they exist now, what you would want in a new division, and answer any questions that you may have about the new division process. Your input is vital to informing the creation of this new division, and the Steering Committee wants to hear from you!

    If you're not familiar with the e-forum format, we're using the ALCTS e-Forum model, which provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-Forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free and open to anyone.

    LITA and LLAMA members: Even though we're using the ALCTS e-Forum, don't be afraid to sign up and participate! This conversation is open to anyone with an interest in the future of LLAMA, LITA and ALCTS. 

    Instructions for subscribing:

    Lynn Hoffman
    President, Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
    Director of Operations, Somerset County Library System of NJ

  • 2.  RE: New Division e-Forum Discussion - 11/27 & 11/28

    Posted Nov 29, 2018 05:29 PM
    Apologies for missing the 11/28 discussion. I enjoyed reading through the many comments posted, and wanted to express a concern here.

    I've seen several comments making the analogy that the different divisions serve as "tribes" and I respectfully request that we choose a different term. I appreciate the intention behind it, but "tribe" has historically been used in a derogatory way to describe Indigenous/Native American people in the United States, and I think we can find a term that is both more precise and less harmful.

    Some possibilities: caucus, cohort, squad, team, crew, collective, house, alliance, coalition, affiliation.


    In appreciation,