Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Committee – April–August 2019 Report

The group met 2-3 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Update our charge
1. ALA mid-winter conference
Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships Committee
Committee Charge
To inform and advise PLA Board and staff on strategic partnership opportunities with federal agencies and national organizations with shared values and alignment with public libraries; to develop and support strategic relationships that are beneficial to PLA and public libraries; to capture and share examples of strategic partnerships with public libraries that positively impact communities and advance national priorities; to serve as a liaison with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, the ALA Washington Office, and others as needed to help ensure that the advocacy needs of public librarians are represented in their initiatives; to strengthen the advocacy skills of public librarians; to work with PLA Board and staff toward achieving PLA strategic planning goals.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness

Second Activity
 Finalize intake form(s) for requesting PLA collaboration. When complete, add to this web page:
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness

Third Activity
 Establish standing bimonthly committee meeting calls to discuss partnership requests (and any other business). Discussion of requests may also happen via email.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness

Fourth Activity
draft a proposal for PLA and/or public libraries to engage with US Chamber of Commerce and local Chambers.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness

Fifth Activity
 Discuss in future meetings how to partner and who to partner with: best practices for libraries.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Our group will be working on the action items listed above.

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
Not at this time, waiting for members to be confirmed

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
not at this time

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
This committee will work with any committee that will benefit PLA.

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
waiting for members to be confirmed for the year so work can continue.

Submitted by Sara Charlton on 08/30/2019