Magazine article American Libraries

Key Strategies Discussed: A Report on the Executive Board Midwinter Meeting Sessions

Magazine article American Libraries

Key Strategies Discussed: A Report on the Executive Board Midwinter Meeting Sessions

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ALA's Executive Board discussions during the Midwinter Meeting focused on some key Association initiatives.

The ALA Strategic Plan outlines Association goals and objectives and provides a framework for plans, strategies, and initiatives on a day-to-day and year-by-year basis. This past fall, the board met with the leadership of ALA's 11 divisions as well as round table representatives to begin "fleshing out" the Association's new strategic goal: "ALA provides leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in an increasingly global and digital information environment."

At the fall session, leadership focused on a number of specific dimensions of transformation in libraries of all types: physical space; virtual space; collections (including ebooks); user expectations; community relationships; services; library workforce; and library leadership. Materials from that session are now being incorporated into the Transforming Libraries web portal, which brings together information on sources, research, publications, standards and guidelines, workshops and webinars, conference programs, communities and networking, and partner organizations for each of the transformational areas.

Sari Feldman, director of the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Library, and Bob Wolven, digital services librarian at Columbia University in New York City, co-chairs of the new ALA Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, discussed the group's progress and plans. The group has been charged with exploring opportunities and issues related to libraries and digital content as well as various options for expanding access to digital content for libraries and the public.

School Library Advocacy Campaign Task Force CoChair Patricia Tumulty discussed that group's work. It is charged with directing an Association-wide campaign to strengthen support for school libraries at the federal, state, and local levels. …

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