Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) Project: Discussion Forum

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This space is for all those interested in Forward Together: Recommendations for a reimagined American Library Association governance model to receive updates on the progress of the recommendations and participate in discussion.
This space was originally created to share the work of the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) who was charged in June 2018 to carry out a comprehensive review and study of ALA’s governance, member participation and legal structures and systems, with the goal of proposing changes that will vitalize its success, strength and agility as a 21st century association. The results of this committee are the Forward Together recommendations.

Forward Together Website (SCOE)

  • 1.  Forward Together Website (SCOE)

    Posted Dec 20, 2019 11:17 AM

    Dear Members, 

    We are excited to introduce to you our website for Forward Together ( This microsite will serve as the landing page for all things related to Forward Together as we move into the next phase of this ever evolving project.

    We invite you to submit your questions or comments through our feedback form. This will be checked on a daily basis by our ALA staff liaison Raymond Garcia and your questions or thoughts will be responded to in a timely manner by a SCOE member. Common questions will be added to our FAQ area which will be updated frequently.

    Speaking of SCOE, we encourage you to look through our SCOE members page to learn more about this diverse and dynamic group who have been working with you all to move our association forward. Here you will learn about why each member accepted the challenge and why they feel change is necessary. You will also see a brief snapshot of their involvement and dedication to ALA. 

    Thank you again and again to everyone who has participated in getting our association and our committee to this point. We are excited for the next phase of work, the next group that will take over in Spring 2020, and are especially excited for the future of ALA.


    The Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness

    Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, Chair
    Wanda Kay Brown
    Emily Daly 
    Mr. Emmanuel L. Faulkner, Sr. 
    Kenny A. Garcia 
    Mandi Goodsett 
    Terri L. Grief 
    Alexia Hudson-Ward 
    Ben Hunter 
    Steve Laird 
    Jack Martin, Jr.
    Alanna Aiko Moore
    James G. Neal
    Lucinda A. Nord 
    Vailey Oehlke 
    Andrew K. Pace 
    Juan W. Rivera 
    Karen G. Schneider 
    Felton Thomas, Jr.
    Kerry Ward 
    Nora Susan Wiltse 
    Steven D. Yates 
    Shali Zhang 

    Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada
    ALA Executive Board Member
    Chair, ALA Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness
    Adult Services Assistant Manager, Palos Verdes Library District