ALA Offices. (Headquarters, Washington Office, and Choice)

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ALA Offices. (Headquarters, Washington Office, and Choice)


ALA offices address broad interests and issues of concern to the profession and the Association. The offices are diverse in their purposes but generally focus on issues that span most or all types of libraries, types of interests, and constituencies within the Association and the profession. Offices often act in an advisory or consultative capacity to ALA members by providing information, support, and advice. Offices do not have members, collect dues, or elect officers. They usually have an associated advisory or standing committee and subcommittees through which members may participate and through which publications, programs, and other activities are offered. Statements of purpose for each of ALA's offices are given below.

CHAPTER RELATIONS OFFICE

Gerald G. Hodges, director

The Chapter Relations Office promotes a sense of identification between the national Association and the 57 ALA Chapters; facilitates communication between the Chapters and all ALA units; coordinates leadership development for Chapter officers, Chapter Councilors, chief paid staff members, and other Chapter leaders; strengthens membership promotion activities for ALA and the Chapters; coordinates the ALA Student Chapters and the ALA Students to Staff programs; and helps raise awareness of and sensitivity to Chapter needs throughout the ALA.

ALA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

Susan Roman, director

The Development Office is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating all fundraising activities, programs, projects and events within the American Library Association and for establishing strategic alliances and partnerships. Its purpose is to seek and distribute resources to promote and improve libraries in America consistent with the goals of the Association.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE

Michael Dowling, director

The mission of the International Relations Office (IRO) is to increase the ALA's presence in the global library community, to implement ALA policies concerning international librarianship, to promote a greater understanding of international librarianship and international library issues within the ALA, and to manage international library activities on behalf of the ALA. To accomplish its mission the IRO coordinates ALA activities in support of offical ALA delegations to international events such as book fairs and congresses; promotes international library exchanges and partnerships; recruits international librarians to become members of the ALA and attend ALA conferences; responds to international inquiries concerning library issues and activities in the United States; serves as a point of contact for the ALA's routine communications with international organizations to which the ALA belongs, including IFLA; and provides support for the ALA International Committee and the International Relations Round Table.

LIBRARY

Karen Muller, director

The Library has three closely related goals: to provide information needed by ALA staff as they carry out the work of the Association; to provide information to members and others who contact ALA with questions about libraries, librarians, and ALA programs; to use all available information technologies to the fullest extent possible in order to provide effective access to the knowledge resources of the Association.

OFFICE FOR ACCREDITATION

Ann L. O'Neill, director

The Office for Accreditation provides leadership to develop and implement standards for accreditation of educational programs for the master's degree and for continuing professional development and recognition.

OFFICE FOR DIVERSITY

Sandra Rios Balderrama, director

The Office for Diversity is an active liaison with membership that consults, facilitates, and trains on diversity issues that impact the profession, the workplace, and the quality of service and information delivery such as recruitment, retention, personal/professional leadership, organizational change, capacity building, and skill building for effective communications within library organizations and with library users. …

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