Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Committee – April–August 2020 Report

The group met 0 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
We had great plans coming out of PLA – we were going to work on reviving a legal list/blog/community, where participants could ask questions about the law and libraries, with a member of the committee serving as moderator. But due to the Pandemic emergency, I was unable to call a meeting and check in with other committee members.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

Second Activity
We were also going to look into a possible webinar on how to engage with other local government associations. But again, we had no meeting due to the pandemic, and I do not know where we stand on this.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
trying to reconnect and get back on track for the items that were reviewed and discussed at our meeting at PLA.

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
Leadership Development – as we were trying to engage more with other Government Associations, this might feed into leadership development. It would help new leaders learn about local government groups and organizations that can be valuable in one's career.

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?
Not really – this period was unproductive entirely due to the Pandemic and the resulting emergency situation.

Submitted by Stephanie Beverage on 08/07/2020