ALA and Innovation

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  • ALA and Innovation

    1. 1. ALA and Innovation Alliance Library System October 5, 2007
    2. 2. Association “citizenship” <ul><li>“ To be a citizen is to show up – to accept the invitation to participate, or to create it is it is not offered, to act as a co-designer….I am responsible for the health of the institution and the community even though I do not control it. I can participate in creating something I do not control.” </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Block, The Answer to How is Yes </li></ul>
    3. 3. Web Server Database Relationships <ul><li>Database Servers Web Applications </li></ul>iMIS Database Web CMS Database Online Communities Database Career Center (Job Postings) Career Center Online Communities (Online Committee Work) Dues Manager (Membership Dues) Event Manager (Conference Reg.) Web CMS (ALA Website) Server w Server x Server y Server z The Wiring Perspective
    4. 4. Personnel Relationships
    5. 5. ALA FUND STRUCTURE A Financial Perspective
    6. 6. The “ Hairball ”
    7. 8. <ul><li>“ Orbiting is responsible creativity: vigorously exploring and operating beyond the Hairball …all the while remaining connected to the spirit of the corporate mission. To find Orbit around a corporate Hairball is to find a place of balance where you can benefit from the physical, intellectual and philosophical resources of the organization without becoming entombed in the bureaucracy of the institution.” </li></ul><ul><li>Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball </li></ul>
    8. 9. Finding Orbit
    9. 10. MacKenzie on Models <ul><li>“ Why models? Well, in an effort to cope with the incomprehensibility of infinite reality, we ever-curious, ever-pondering, compulsively controlling Homo sapiens create theoretical models….Sometimes elegantly structured, usually self-confirming, our models are like the headlights of a car, designed to light our way. Whatever is illuminated becomes our truth, and we organize our lives around it. But this light can also blind us. Too often we are blinded into believing that our models are the whole reality, forgetting that they are simply useful fact/fiction coping devices.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. ALA The ECOSYSTEM
    11. 13. COMPLEXITY? Assets ?
    12. 14. People and Relationships <ul><li>>60,000 individual members </li></ul><ul><li>>5,000 organizational/corporate members </li></ul><ul><li>280 staff in three locations </li></ul><ul><li>11 specialized divisions </li></ul><ul><li>18 round tables </li></ul><ul><li>5,000 ALA members “officially” involved </li></ul><ul><li>57 ALA chapters – with 60,000 members </li></ul><ul><li>24 affiliated organizations </li></ul>
    13. 15. Structures for Persistence <ul><li>Legal structures & standing </li></ul><ul><li>Physical presence AND virtual presence </li></ul><ul><li>Governance structures </li></ul><ul><li>Processes and systems </li></ul><ul><li>Records </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional memory </li></ul><ul><li>Financial assets </li></ul><ul><li>Established name & reputation </li></ul>
    14. 16. “ Persistence” and Library Funding <ul><li>1923 – Committee on Federal and State Relations & Committee on Library Legislation </li></ul><ul><li>1939 – Federal Aid for Libraries was published, urging federal support for libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>1945 – The ALA Washington Office was first established </li></ul><ul><li>1946 – The Public Library Services Demonstration Bill was proposed (defeated – 1950). </li></ul><ul><li>1951 – The Library Services Bill was introduced (passed in 1956). </li></ul><ul><li> 1957-1964 – The Library Services Act extended library service to more than 40 million people living in areas with less than 10,000 population. </li></ul><ul><li>1959 – In Goals for Action , ALA Council urged advocacy to convince the public “to fund programs of library service nationally and locally.” </li></ul><ul><li>1962 – The Depository Library Act extended access to government publications. </li></ul><ul><li>1963 – ALA Council urged support for President John F. Kennedy’s proposed National Education Improvement Act. </li></ul><ul><li>1963 – The Library Services and Construction Act was the first bill considered when the U.S. Senate resumed deliberations on November 26, 1963 </li></ul><ul><li>1963 – The Academic Facilities Act made funds available on a matching basis to publicly and privately funded universities. </li></ul><ul><li>1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Library Services and Construction Act. </li></ul><ul><li>1984 – LSCA was extended for five years, with funding at a record $118M. </li></ul><ul><li>1996 – The Library Services and Technology Act (replacing LSCA) was passed. </li></ul><ul><li>1996 – As part of the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries (e-rate) was established, supported by ALA and the Education and Library Networks Coalition (EdLINC). </li></ul><ul><li>1997 – The Reading Excellence Act was passed and funded at $260M, including funding opportunities for both public and school libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>… This thread continues today and into the future. Similar threads can be traced in advocacy, in standards and models for library service, in education and so forth. Persistence. </li></ul>
    15. 17. The Rest of ALA My Part of ALA
    16. 19. The Cross-Section
    17. 20. See “Hooks” <ul><li>Member Initiative Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible interest group structures </li></ul>
    18. 21. Learn to “work” the structure <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7.4.7 Membership Meetings A membership meeting shall be held during the first two days of the Annual Conference, excluding days when preconferences are held, and at such times as may be set by the Executive Board, Council, or by membership petition, as provided for in Article II, Section 4 of the Bylaws. Agendas of membership meetings shall provide priority to discussion of membership resolutions. Guidelines for Preparation of Resolutions for Membership Meetings: </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A resolution should be complete so that, upon passage, it becomes a clear and formal expression of the opinion or will of the assembly. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The resolution must indicate the names of the mover and seconder, and their local telephone numbers. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The resolution should address only one topic or issue. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The terms used in a resolution should be readily understandable or have specific definition. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The intent, objective, or goal of the resolution should be clear to all. The resolution form should state whether the resolution sets forth a general policy, an ALA viewpoint, or a specific call for action. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All ALA position statements shall set forth their relationship to libraries and library service. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If the resolution calls for a specific action or course of action in certain circumstances, the resolution should specify the resources needed to carry out the directive. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If the resolution calls for specific action or program with a timetable, the timetable shall be clear and achievable. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If the resolution is addressed to or refers to a specific group or groups, it shall name the group or groups in the &quot;resolved&quot; clause. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The mover of a resolution shall state on the resolution form whether the resolution amends or creates policy and shall identify the policy being changed and/or indicate the portion of the resolution to be cited as policy. If a policy set forth conflicts with another policy, provision to resolve the conflict shall be made. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any member of the American Library Association may prepare and submit for consideration resolutions at any membership meeting. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All resolutions, except those from ALA committees, to be considered by the ALA Membership must be submitted for review by the Council Committee on Resolutions at least 6 hours prior to the convening of the membership meeting in order to allow time for reproduction and distribution. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Members assembled at any membership meeting may waive the submission time requirements by a majority vote. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All resolutions approved by the membership will be presented to the next meeting of Council by the chair of the Resolutions Committee. The chair will indicate which membership resolutions are clearly policy matters. The presiding officer of Council will call for Council's guidance on the disposition of each membership item in turn. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Consistent with parliamentary authority, an item that is not completed at the membership meeting(s) of an Annual Conference lapses, but then may be reintroduced as a new item at a subsequent convention. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If a quorum is not present for a called Membership Meeting, those members who are present may convene themselves into a Membership Forum for the purpose of discussing matters of concerns. The person who would have presided at the Membership Meeting may appoint a member to preside at the Membership Forum. Those members attending the Membership Forum shall determine their own agenda of matters to be discussed. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 23. … including the new structures
    20. 25. Pebbles and Ripples
    21. 26. Meredith Farkas 2005 Post <ul><li>Why do we need the ALA? Is ALA really relevant anymore? Does anyone really feel like ALA represents their interests? At my job, none of my colleagues has been to an ALA Conference and have no interest in going. They seem to consider the ALA pretty irrelevant. And that perspective is only confirmed when the only thing the ALA Council can seem to accomplish is passing a resolution on Iraq!!! The ALA is a huge organization that is hard to understand, hard to feel a part of, and hard to know what it stands for. I paid out-of-pocket for my membership this year, but it will certainly be the last unless the ALA changes. But they won’t. They made more on dues in 2004 than in 2003. It’s basically a ringing endorsement for politics as usual. </li></ul><ul><li>Meredith Farkas, Information Wants To Be Free, </li></ul><ul><li>December 11, 2005 </li></ul>
    22. 27. Unofficial 2005 ALA Annual Conference Wiki
    23. 28. Official ALA 2006 wiki – hosted by Meredith Farkas
    24. 30. ALA Midwinter 2007 wiki
    25. 32. “ The Library as Conversation”
    26. 33. Second Life Librarians
    27. 34. Purpose of ALAL2 <ul><li>Engage a group of ALA members and staff in a group exploration of “2.0” tools and approaches: </li></ul><ul><li>- for the “next generation” of ALA ce </li></ul><ul><li>- for collaborative development of ALA information resources </li></ul><ul><li>- for increased interactivity in web- based applications </li></ul>
    28. 35. Participants <ul><li>50 participants were recruited </li></ul><ul><li>Member/staff teams from 10 of 11 divisions </li></ul><ul><li>Member/staff teams from OIF, HRDR, OA, OLOS, OFD, MPS-AED, ITTS, Conf Svcs </li></ul><ul><li>Staff from ALTA, PIO, APA </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of experience, age, background </li></ul><ul><li>2 2006-2007 division presidents </li></ul>
    29. 36. Getting Started
    30. 37. Using New Skills
    31. 38. Projects: Team 3 Recommendations <ul><li>Team 3 defined the advocacy “opportunity”: “ to create a National Library Advocacy Campaign that is scalable and accessible for libraries and grassroots advocacy,” with the goals of providing a “single destination for library advocacy resources and discussion” and allowing “greater input and transparency for members and the general public into library advocacy efforts.” </li></ul><ul><li>Team 3 members, along with other staff and members, are continuing this work, focusing on the “I Love Libraries” site. </li></ul>
    32. 39. Texas Forums Blog
    33. 40. Team 9 Results – from LITA Wiki
    34. 41. Team Ten PowerPoint
    35. 42. RUSQ on a blog platform
    36. 43. IWA Links
    37. 44. YALSA Teen Tech Week wiki
    38. 45. AASL Blog
    39. 46. Gayle Keresey’s lens on Squidoo
    40. 47. BBW Badges in the blogosphere
    41. 48. 5 Weeks to a Social Library- preliminary program
    42. 49. 23 Things at PLCMC
    43. 50. … so anyone can join in
    44. 51. Founding Purpose & Mission <ul><li>Founding Purpose: The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship. (ALA Constitution, Article II) </li></ul><ul><li>Mission: To provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. (ALA Policy 1.2) </li></ul>
    45. 52. CORE VALUES <ul><li>The foundation of modern librarianship rests on an essential set of core values, which define, inform, and guide all professional practice. These values reflect the history and ongoing development of the profession ….Among these are: </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Confidentiality/Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>The Public Good </li></ul><ul><li>Professionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Social Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>(ALA Policy 40.1) </li></ul>
    46. 53. Family Connections People I Knew at University People I Know Professionally People I Work With My Reading Club ME ALA Connections PSC’s Family People PSC Knows Professionally PSC’s Work Colleagues PSC’s Film Group Person on the Same Committee
    47. 54. Jim Rettig ALA President-Elect <ul><li>“ If ALA didn’t exist today and we wanted to create a library association that would work on behalf of all types of libraries, all library users, and all library workers, what would it look like and how would it operate?” </li></ul><ul><li>From The Twilight Librarian – Jim Rettig’s ruminations on libraries, librarianship, the infosphere, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>August 6, 2007 </li></ul>

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