Working for the Future of the        Association  Success Stories of the American        Library Association    Michael Do...
ALA 2015 Strategic Plan1) Advocacy, Funding and Public Policy2) Building the Profession3) Transforming Libraries4) Member ...
Creating New to Face New ChallengesNew Units and Groups for ALANew Resources Targeted to Non-Library AudiencesNew Initiati...
Policy Support and Research
Libraries as Solution ProvidersData from The Public Library Funding &Technology Access Study (Gates Funded)gathers a wide ...
Libraries and Government Services
New Digital Content Initiatives                           Digital Content and Libraries Working Group                     ...
State of America’s Libraries
Office For Library Advocacy (2008)     Popular Resources•   Advocacy & Legislation    I Love Libraries    Advocacy Univers...
I Love Libraries-       Website and More for the PublicWebsite, bi-weeklynewsletter , facebookpage, tied toadvocacy software
Snapshot DaysAbout Library Snapshot DayThe concept originated in New Jersey asa joint effort between the New JerseyLibrary...
Initiatives Talk to End User
Reaching Teenagers-Teen Read Week           and Teen Tech Week-started 2007
Teen Read Week PartnersBloomsburyBloomsbury Children’s Books and Walker Books for Young Readers, both divisions of Bloomsb...
ALA as Affiliated Partner
Electronic Continuing Education• Now Hundreds of  Courses Each Year• Low cost, no travel• Certified
New Resources for Librarians and Libraries
New Initiatives and New Partners
I Love My Librarian Contest1,700nominationsnationwide lastyear
More Faster Communication With           Members
ALA ConnectWorkspace ofthe Associationand itsmembers-formal andinformal groups
Spanish Twitter Site
Emerging Leaders Program
New Group for Not So New MembersALA hasover 1,500Retiredmembersand itsgrowing
Publications Targeted To General Public•   This authoritative guide—with a core    focus on reading readiness and helping ...
Transforming Libraries Website
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Working for the future of the Association : success stories of ALA the American Library Association

  1. 1. Working for the Future of the Association Success Stories of the American Library Association Michael Dowling, Director, Intl Relations Office
  2. 2. ALA 2015 Strategic Plan1) Advocacy, Funding and Public Policy2) Building the Profession3) Transforming Libraries4) Member Engagement5) Organizational Excellence
  3. 3. Creating New to Face New ChallengesNew Units and Groups for ALANew Resources Targeted to Non-Library AudiencesNew Initiatives for LibrariesNew Services and Opportunities for Members
  4. 4. Policy Support and Research
  5. 5. Libraries as Solution ProvidersData from The Public Library Funding &Technology Access Study (Gates Funded)gathers a wide range of data related tocomputer and Internet access in U.S.public libraries - including the numberof computers, barriers to high-speedInternet access, Internet services andtrainings available, and funding fortechnology.The Study research team is developsand publishes topical briefs related toissues affecting communities’ access totechnology in our public libraries.
  6. 6. Libraries and Government Services
  7. 7. New Digital Content Initiatives Digital Content and Libraries Working Group Supporting the “Transformation” of libraries is a priority of the Association’s 2015 Strategic Plan, and the rapid shift from print to digital content is one of the more dramatic developments now transforming libraries of all typesNew report examining critical issues underlying equitableaccess to digital content through our nation’s libraries. In thereport, titled “E-content: The Digital Dialogue,” authorsexplore an unprecedented and splintered landscape inwhich several major publishers refuse to sell ebooks tolibraries; proprietary platforms fragment our cultural record;and reader privacy is endangered.
  8. 8. State of America’s Libraries
  9. 9. Office For Library Advocacy (2008) Popular Resources• Advocacy & Legislation I Love Libraries Advocacy University• Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit• Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education• Budget in the Crosshairs? Navigating a Challenging Budget Year• Coalition Building• Cultivating Your Local Notables• Frontline Advocacy• Frontline Fundraising• Library Snapshot Day Primer• Making Budget Presentations
  10. 10. I Love Libraries- Website and More for the PublicWebsite, bi-weeklynewsletter , facebookpage, tied toadvocacy software
  11. 11. Snapshot DaysAbout Library Snapshot DayThe concept originated in New Jersey asa joint effort between the New JerseyLibrary Assn. and the New Jersey StateLibrary. Soon after, many states beganemulating the effort.2010 ALA take this initiative to a nationallevel, asking that states across thecountry find a date to conduct their ownLibrary Snapshot Day.Library Snapshot Day Primer, on how tofacilitate a Library Snapshot Day.
  12. 12. Initiatives Talk to End User
  13. 13. Reaching Teenagers-Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week-started 2007
  14. 14. Teen Read Week PartnersBloomsburyBloomsbury Children’s Books and Walker Books for Young Readers, both divisions of Bloomsbury Publishing USA, are generalinterest publisher of children’s books for all ages. Titles published include picture books, nonfiction and middle-grade and teenfiction.Carolrhoda LabCarolrhoda Lab™ is dedicated to distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens and their sympathizers. CarolrhodaLab™ probes and examines the young-adult condition one novel at a time, affording YA authors and readers an opportunity toexplore and experiment with thoughts, ideas, and paradigms in the human condition.Cinco PuntosWith roots on the U.S./Mexico border, Cinco Puntos Press publishes great books which make a difference in the way you see theworld. We’re celebrating 25 years of great books in 2010! Learn more at www.cincopuntos.com. Viz MediaVIZ Media, LLC is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing,animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content.Teen Read Week Nonprofit SupportersAdLit.orgAmerican Association of School Administrators (AASA)American Booksellers Association (ABA)Cable in the Classroom (CIC)International Reading AssociationKids CareKIDSNETLos Angeles Young Adult Authors (LAYAs)National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)National Education AssociationNational School Boards Association (NSBA)readergirlzSmartGirlSpeak Up PressSwept Away TV/The Rock Star StoriesTeenInk•
  15. 15. ALA as Affiliated Partner
  16. 16. Electronic Continuing Education• Now Hundreds of Courses Each Year• Low cost, no travel• Certified
  17. 17. New Resources for Librarians and Libraries
  18. 18. New Initiatives and New Partners
  19. 19. I Love My Librarian Contest1,700nominationsnationwide lastyear
  20. 20. More Faster Communication With Members
  21. 21. ALA ConnectWorkspace ofthe Associationand itsmembers-formal andinformal groups
  22. 22. Spanish Twitter Site
  23. 23. Emerging Leaders Program
  24. 24. New Group for Not So New MembersALA hasover 1,500Retiredmembersand itsgrowing
  25. 25. Publications Targeted To General Public• This authoritative guide—with a core focus on reading readiness and helping position children to succeed in school— offers more than 300 age-appropriate and subject-specific book selections from librarians for reading time with children. From board and picture books to hot new books, these recommendations reflect family, community, play, and the environment. Mirroring a childs world as they grow and mature, chapters include segments on reading together, friendship, places near and far, and making believe. These titles have been culled from the American Library Associations “best” lists and professional review journals.
  26. 26. Transforming Libraries Website

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