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Question 2: What feedback do you have regarding the Values and Vision the Steering Committee has developed for the proposed new division? (See below). You may provide feedback directly in this thread or via Google Docs.
Our new division will be the source for sharing and developing expertise among members, providing programming, publications, and other activities that support professional development in a wide variety of forms. We celebrate and recognize the achievements of our members and make sharing the core of what we do.
Our new division will focus on work that provides valuable services and experiences for our members. We will work to understand member needs and continually evaluate how we use our resources to best meet those needs. We will be dedicated to maintaining a balance between agile and adaptable activities and strategic decision-making with the long-term health of the division in mind.
Members of our new division will find it easy to understand what we do and how we do it. Our structure and activities will be welcoming to members – existing and prospective, new to the profession and seasoned – and process will never get in the way of access to resources and connections. Our new division will encourage sharing of opinions, openness to change, and inclusivity that is always respectful and collegial.
Our new division will support different methods and approaches for getting things done, including methods we haven't even dreamed up yet. Excellence and expertise can come from anywhere in the division, regardless of tenure or experience. The framework of the new division exists to provide tools, resources and connection that let members accomplish what's important to them.
Our new division champions the belief that we are stronger – as individuals, as a division, and as a profession – when we ensure that our work includes diverse voices. We will allocate real resources toward ensuring that people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives take active roles in the association. Diversity, equity and inclusion in our new division will be exemplified by activities that help members reach outside of their usual bubbles, including across different types of libraries, different kinds of library workers and different functional areas.
Members of our new division will have ample opportunities to engage with colleagues and do valuable work, and those opportunities will meet our members where they are. Our new division allows for members to take part no matter their circumstances. Collaboration can be live or virtual, along a spectrum of time-frames from microproject to multi-year initiative, and the process of matching members with activities is friction-free for members, leadership and staff alike.
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