ALA Governance Study and Discussion Groups at Annual Conference

At the 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, a call was issued for ALA Council, Committees, Round Tables, Divisions, and the myriad Communities of Practice to consider what it would take to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies, and rules with the Association’s mission and its 21st century values, key action areas and strategic directions. Those discussion will continue at the 2018 Annual Conference. Discussion during the New Orleans conference will explore some “what ifs,” such as:  What if we were to….

  • Shift from a structure largely based on standing committees to one largely based on as-needed groups with a core of standing committees?
  • Shift from a “governance” model to an “engagement” model for many specialty groups?
  • Create a stronger ALA Chapter/State Association structure to enhance advocacy for libraries?
  • Reimagine the Board/Council composition, structure and relationship?
  • ….or raise your own “what if” for exploration.

A representative Steering Committee has been appointed. Members of the Steering Committee are Lessa Kanni’opua Pelayo-Lozada (Palos Verdes Library  District), Chair; Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Mid-Hudson Library System), Emmanuel Faulkner (Baltimore County Public Schools),  Kenny Garcia (California State University Monterey Bay), Mandi Goodsett (Cleveland State College), Terri Grief (McCracken County High School – retired), Alexia Hudson-Ward (Oberlin College), Ben Hunter (University of Idaho), Jack Martin (Providence Public Library), Alanna Aiko Moore (University of California, San Diego), Lucinda Nord (Indiana Library Federation), Andrew Pace (OCLC), Juan Rivera (A. Phillip Randolph Campus High School), Karen Schneider (Sonoma State University), Felton Thomas (Cleveland Public Library), Kerry Ward (ALA/Library Leadership & Management Association), Nora Wiltse (Chicago Public Schools), Steven Yates (University of Alabama), and Shali Zhang (University of Montana).

Members of the ALA Executive Board are currently working with ALA Management to retain a consultant to guide the process moving forward through an approximately 18-month process. This study could bring about major changes to the organization and to ACRL, so it is important to have a diverse set of voices providing input.

Open small-group discussions are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, June 23, Morial Convention Center (MCC) 352, 9:00-10:00am
    • Facilitator: Maureen Sullivan
  • Saturday, June 23, MCC 352, 10:30-11:30am
    • Facilitator: Maureen Sullivan
  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 1:00-2:00pm
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich
  • Monday, June 25, MCC 2:30-3:30pm
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich

In addition, discussions are on the agenda for two ALA governance groups:

  • ALA Council:  Council I, Sunday, 8:30am (discussion at approximately 9:30am), MCC La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom C.  This discussion will be open to all Councilors and others present in the room.
    • Facilitators:  Maureen Sullivan, Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, Patty Wong, Andrew Pace
  • ALA Planning & Budget Assembly, Sunday, 1:00-2:30pm, MCC205.
    • Facilitator:  Andrew Pace

We appreciate you adding your ACRL voices to the process as your schedules allow in New Orleans.