Digital Literacy Committee – April–August 2019 Report


The group met 4-6 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Created a draft technology proficiencies checklist/resource list.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

Second Activity
Published an article " 5 Tips for Teaching Tech to Seniors" in PLA's online magazine.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Transformation

Third Activity
Presented a News You Can Use session at ALA Annual 2019 entitled "The Digital Literacy Frontier: From Broadband Access to Skill Development."
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Fourth Activity
Presented a program at ALA Annual 2019 in partnership with LITA entitled "Creating Tech Partnerships for Libraries Small to Large."
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Fifth Activity
Implemented a partnership with Microsoft entitled "DigitalLead: Rural Libraries Creating New Possibilities."
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Organizational Excellence, Transformation

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Rolling out the technology proficiencies checklist and creating an assessment tool to support it; expanding user resources for the DigitalLead partnership program; developing several educational opportunities that include a webinar, a program for the 2019 ARSL conference, a program for the Computers in Libraries 2020 conference; holding a focus group of small and rural librarians' development needs at the 2019 ARSL conference; creating user pathways for the DigitalLearn website based on role; creating a plan to keep the 85+ classes on the DigitalLearn website updated; on-boarding six new committee members.

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
We have been discussing the idea of a paid internship to help us keep the DigitalLearn classes updated but still need to work out some details. We hope to have something ready for consideration by to the Board for their March 2020 meeting.

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?
LITA. Perhaps some of their members would be willing to work with us to create an evaluation tool that libraries could use to assess technology proficiencies of their staff.

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
Yes (if yes, PLA will contact you for more information)

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Not at this time.

Submitted by Monica Dombrowski on 08/22/2019

Membership Advisory Group – April–August 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
The main activity of the Membership Advisory Group was to write and send welcome emails to the new registered members of the PLA organization. All advisory group members sent emails to new PLA members across the United States and Canada. Advisory members also answered any questions new members had about the PLA organization.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Organizational Excellence

Second Activity
PLA Membership Advisory Members also promoted PLA activities, upcoming events, and workshops through the welcome emails to inform new PLA members about what the organization has to offer them.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Organizational Excellence

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
The group will be continuing with the welcome emails as we have received appreciative feedback from new members. Also advisory members will be planning a members-only event for the 2020 PLA Conference.

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.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
PLA 2020 Conference Committee

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
No

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
No – we enjoyed communicating through ALA Connect.

Submitted by Kimberly Hagen on 08/19/2019