Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Committee – September–March 2020 Report

The group met 1 time this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Activating and supporting engagement in the online Legal Issues in Public Libraries forum with Misty Jones serving as our moderator.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

Second Activity
Working on raising awareness of the government association (NLC, NACo, ICMA, etc.) landscape through the development of a blog/webinar or some other communication/training piece for public librarians
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership

Third Activity
Reviewing and providing recommendations on partnership requests to PLA, while working on a framework or list of guidelines to assist with determination
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Organizational Excellence

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Raising awareness of the local government association landscape, to enhance communication and advocacy for all public libraries

Starting a Legal Issues Forum on ALA Connect

Working on developing and refining a process for review of partnership requests.

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

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
Perhaps a webinar or a blog on issues related to advocacy at the local government level, through the local government association landscape.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
Advocacy overlaps with Legislative advocacy, so there may be potential for collaboration.

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?
Larra was great and very helpful. I think we got off to a good start at our meeting at PLA and hope to have further progress to report after ALA Annual in Chicago.

Submitted by Stephanie Beverage on 03/05/2020