notes on ALA Demystified: How to Be Effective within ALA – Emerging Leaders Webinar

April 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

ALA Demystified: How to Be Effective within ALA

Emerging Leaders Webinar

Leslie Burger, Princeton Public Library Director and Past President of ALA, 2006-2007

April 21, 2011 at 1pm


  • 10% of ALA is actively engaged in management of association
  • Not easy to quickly move and adapt an association made up of tens of thousands of members
  • ALA has a motto! “The best reading, for the largest number, at the lowest cost”
  • YOU have to decide how you want to be involved in ALA; there is no one right way and no one to tell you how
  • Observe ALA governance in action! Council = 186 policy-making members. Go to at least 1 Council meeting in your lifetime
  • ALA Executive Board
    • Meets 4x/year
    • 11 members (all but 3 elected by membership)
    • Attend at least one of these meetings in lifetime, too!
    • Committees
      • Appointments to association committees made by president-elect
      • Go to committee meeting to see if you’re interested, then contact chair and ask if you can help
      • Be forthcoming about expressing interest in joining committee; proves you’re a leader and contributor
  • Membership Initiative Group (MIG)
  • Decide what needs to change, find others who feel the same way, and make it happen
  • Conferences take on a life of their own at each location
  • Become friends with @LibrarianJP on Facebook! He knows how to connect with people and throw a party

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