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  • 1.  TAG Virtual Discussion Session - Registration Link

    Posted Feb 18, 2022 01:44 PM

    Sent on behalf of Amy Lappin, Transforming ALA Governance Task Force Chair

    Hello Councilors,

    In anticipation of the upcoming March 10, 2022 Council meeting, TAG will be holding a one hour virtual discussion of the motion from TAG on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. CT. From what we have heard up to this point, we imagine that most of the debate will be over whether to retain Council as a policy making body or shift to an advisory role. In the interest of using our time together efficiently, we are going to use a different approach than we have in the past.

    After a brief introduction of the motion, we will invite six councilors to offer arguments either for or against the motion. We are looking for three people to advocate for retaining the Council as a policy making body and three to advocate for the advisory model. Each speaker will be given three minutes to present their case. We will alternate positions. After the six speakers are finished, we will use the rest of our time for questions or insights from other council members.

    If you are interested in preparing and presenting a case on March 2 for either position, please let me know as soon as possible, but before Thursday, February 24, 2022. Preference will be given Councilors who previously haven't been heard from on this issue, but recognizing that we may not generate the interest of six people who haven't spoken, I welcome interest from all.

    The TAG Task Force is looking forward to this discussion.

    When: Mar 2, 2022 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:  



    Amy Lappin

    Transforming ALA Governance Task Force, Chair



    Raymond A. Garcia
    Special Assistant to the Executive Director | Executive Office
    American Library Association

  • 2.  RE: TAG Virtual Discussion Session - Registration Link

    Posted Feb 28, 2022 10:15 AM
    Another issue that I think many of us wanted addressed was also the reduction of ALA Councilors At-Large from about 100 to something like 6.  Can TAG address that as well?

    Sonnet Ireland
    Branch Manager

  • 3.  RE: TAG Virtual Discussion Session - Registration Link

    Posted Feb 28, 2022 10:48 AM
    Hello Sonnet,

    In the interest of keeping the meeting focused, March 2 is for discussion regarding the action coming before Council at the March 10th Council meeting. TAG is looking forward to convening a series of discussions regarding other elements of the TAG recommendations for the future of Council, but a vote on size and composition will not be coming up until at least June. 

    The TAG task force is hoping to convene a discussion regarding the size and composition of Council in late March. While TAG has deliberated and shared recommendations about these issues, it is up to Council to ultimately decide the size and composition of the Council and the Executive Board. TAG looks forward to assisting in facilitating those conversations.


    Amy Lappin
    Transforming ALA Governance Task Force, Chair

    Amy Lappin
    Deputy Director
    Lebanon Public Libraries
    Lebanon, NH 03766

    ALA Councilor-at-Large, 2020-2022