Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Committee – July–December 2024 Report

The group met 2-3 times this reporting period.

After reviewing the current PLA Strategic Plan, please tell us:

Describe the current work of this committee and how it supports our strategic goals. Include work accomplished, decisions made, and any recommended follow-up actions.
The committee continues to work toward finalizing our toolkit of resources for approval. An introductory paragraph has been developed to provide context to PLA members about the toolkit. Committee members are also reviewing the toolkit resources in comparison to United Against Book Bans partners per directions from PLA. The toolkit, which lists intellectual freedom resources, is an advocacy tool in line with PLA's strategic plan.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
A tremendous opportunity for this committee would be to offer advocacy training for public library workers. While I was hopeful this would happen under my tenure, the time commitment required to do this well combined with the limited time on the committee will likely limit us to getting the toolkit published. Another opportunity I hoped to pursue was a model for national partnership with other organizations with shared values with PLA. Strategic partnerships are a form of advocacy that helps further PLA's mission and goals.

What recommendations do you have for in-coming committee members? Are there particular streams of
work in progress to be carried over into the new committee year?
(January–June reporting period only)

What specific activities will this committee undertake over the next six months to support that alignment? (July–December reporting period only)

Are there other PLA or ALA committees whose partnership and collaboration would accelerate meeting PLA strategic goals?
Perhaps closer cooperation with ALA would be valuable to this committee since final approval for major initiatives needs to come from ALA.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?

Submitted by Ashley Teagle on 01/10/2024