Category Archives: ALA

2016 I Love My Librarian Award

I Love My Librarian logoNominations are open through September 19, 2016, for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages library users — professors, administrators, students — to submit nominations about how their librarian makes a difference on campus or in the community.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library.

Nominate your favorite College, Community College, or University librarian today!

The award is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

ALA Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation Online Forums

The ALA Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation is charged to develop a white paper that describes the fields and context for which we will be accrediting in the future and to make such recommendations as may arise in the process of that development to the ALA Executive Board.

Within its purview are

  • Accreditation of information programs — who is doing what, how do or might they relate to LIS programs; disconnect (or perceived disconnect) between skills increasingly needed (e.g., information architecture), the current curricula of LIS programs, and standards/statements of core competencies currently in place;
  • Values — e.g. public access, privacy, intellectual freedom — as common threads binding together LIS and related fields and a core element in curricula; and,
  • The changing institutional context for accreditation, including factors such as pedagogical innovation, assessment and resources.

The discussion/white paper should result in a conceptual statement as a framework for the development (by the ALA Committee on Accreditation) of future standards.

The Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation seeks broad input from the LIS community. To this end, the Task Force will be staging a series of online forums targeting certain populations and capped with a general forum for those who have not otherwise had an opportunity to contribute.

The four sessions are as follows:

Thursday, August 18  10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT – LIS faculty (other than deans and directors). To attend this event please register at:

Thursday, August 25  10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT  – Librarians and LIS graduates in Canada. To attend this event please register at:

Wednesday, August 31  10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT  – Current LIS students and recent LIS graduates. To attend this event please register at:

Friday, September 2  10:00 am PDT/12:00 pm CDT  – General forum. To attend this event please register at:

Each forum will be hosted by a facilitator from the Task Force. Attendance at each forum will be capped at 100. The facilitator will have a set of guiding questions, but discussion is otherwise open. The conversation will be recorded.

Please contact Task Force chair Peter Hepburn at should you have questions.

We look forward to the conversations.

Thank you,

Peter Hepburn, Chair, Task Force on the Context of Future Accreditation

ALA 2016 Virtual Membership Meeting

ALA Virtual Membership MeetingYou are invited to register and join ALA President Sari Feldman along with hundreds of other ALA members for the annual ALA Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM16) on Thursday, June 2, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (CDT). VMM16 is a terrific way to have your voice heard, to discuss essential topics with other members, and to connect with colleagues, old and new. Live captioning is provided so all registrants can participate.  It is your chance to contribute, connect, and engage. This virtual meeting will:

  • update you about ALA’s strategic directions and finances;
  • cover topics related to the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign as well as the work of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and
  • provide participants the opportunity to submit and to vote on resolutions or testimonials.

Registration is now open. A dedicated VMM16 ALA web page and ALA Connect group provide detailed information and relevant documents. If you are considering submitting a resolution, you’ll find complete guidelines on the web page. Remember to submit your resolution no later than 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 26.

The meeting officially concludes at 2:30 p.m., but the text-chat session will remain open for an additional 15 minutes to allow participants to wrap up their conversations.

We look forward to “seeing” you online on June 2.  Please share this information with your own network of contacts. Thanks to the Committee on Membership Meetings (COMM) for their leadership in preparing for VMM16.

ALA Seeks Candidates for Upcoming Endowment Fund Trustee Opening

Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Endowment Trustee for the ALA Endowment Fund. The candidate will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23rd – 28th in Orlando, FL. The elected Trustee will serve a three-year term that will officially begin at the conclusion of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The term will expire at the conclusion of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The deadline for receiving applications is May 15, 2016.

There are five Endowment Trustees, each serving a staggered three-year term. As such, one to two Trustees will be selected by the ALA Executive Board each year. The ALA Endowment Trustees have the authority to hold, invest and disburse endowment and other long-term investment funds as directed by the ALA Executive Board. Candidates must be or become members of the ALA. They must have a working knowledge of investment opportunities available to the endowment and other long-term investment funds, and of benchmarks used to judge fund performance. The candidates must also have experience in the management or oversight of investment funds in a business setting and must be able to contribute to the preparation of semi-annual reports on the performance of the fund to the ALA Executive Board and Council. Additionally, candidates must be able to participate in periodic conference calls, attend two meetings in Chicago (Spring/Fall), one education meeting in New York city and if possible the ALA conferences[1].

In reviewing the requirements and skills necessary to manage the ALA Endowment Fund, the ALA Executive Board and the Endowment Trustees have established the following general guidelines for becoming a Trustee:

INVESTMENT SKILLS – Trustees must have a working knowledge of the financial markets. This working knowledge should include the fundamentals of investment practice, as well as, familiarity with market indices. Experience in investing as a trustee or custodian is beneficial. Awareness of economic principles is desirable. Candidates will be expected to maintain an ongoing knowledge of current economic conditions and issues.

ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT – It is desired that the Trustees evidence a basic knowledge of ALA’s mission and goals and an awareness of the services and activities of the Association. Knowledge of the awards and scholarships program is also beneficial, as is work in other areas of the Association.

JUDGEMENT AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS – Essential to the effective operation of the Endowment, is the Trustee’s ability to exercise judgement and to make decisions that reflect prudence, insight, and care. Teamwork among the Trustees is essential for this shared charge to be effectively dispatched. The ability to study a situation and to develop well-reasoned strategies is a critical requirement. While the trustees exercise independent judgement and discretion with regard to the Endowment investments, they must also be effective communicators and able to take necessary and appropriate direction from the Executive Board.

REFERENCE – All applicants will be required to submit three (3) references.

An application form is available by clicking here. For this and other information on the qualifications and responsibilities of an ALA Endowment Trustee, you may also contact Keith D. Brown, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance Department at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4255, fax: 312-280-5272 or at 312-280-4255.

[1] ALA does not cover the expenses to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting or the ALA Annual Conference.

IFLA Committee Applications Due May 6

Would you like to represent ALA on an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committee? The biennial appointment process to represent ALA on relevant IFLA standing committees is currently underway for terms running from 2017 through 2021.

The ACRL Board of Directors endorses candidates for election to a number of IFLA standing committees, with the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) acting in an advisory capacity to the Board in recommending approval for appointment. Complete details on the application process are available in ALA Connect. The deadline for nominations is May 6, 2016. Contact Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee Chair Erika Linke at with questions.

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