Committee on Family Engagement – January–June 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 has started posting monthly on PLA’s social media and highlighting a family engagement activity (first post-12/19/23 on Instagram). This project targets transformation, professional growth, and advocacy and awareness as our posts will hopefully encourage other library staff to implement and/or start highlighting their family engagement activities.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
No

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)
This committee is moving to an Advisory status for next year. It would be great if they could continue the social media posting project, even if it is a part of the IMLS grant process.

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?
If this committee were staying in its current form, it would pair well with ALSC’s Early and Family Literacy committee.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
No

Submitted by Lisa Mulvenna and Linda Noyce on 01/04/2024

PLA 2024 Conference Program Subcommittee – January–June 2023 Report


The group met 1 time 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.
We met once via Zoom to encourage all members to help spread the word about the call for session proposals and to go over and prepare for the proposal review process. We reviewed all proposals for educational programming at PLA Conference (each reviewer was assigned about 150 proposals to review), identified key trends, issues, and challenges currently facing public libraries as well as PLA's strategic planning goals and PLA member survey results to ensure they are represented in educational programming at the 2024 PLA Conference. We also aimed to increase equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice at PLA Conference by selecting educational programming that represents diverse groups and points of view. We will be finalizing our selections the Friday of ALA Annual in Chicago.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
It would be helpful to strategize ways to increase the # of proposals submitted by, for and including BIPOC library staff members in order to support PLA's strategic goal of increasing our commitment to EDISJ.

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)
This year, I created a list to help keep track of listservs that committee member shared the call for proposals with to expand our reach and to decrease duplicate efforts

In the future, I recommend asking the Board and members of the Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice to help share the call to hopefully increase the number of sessions the are by, for and include BIPOC library staff.

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?
In the future, I recommend asking the Board and members of the Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice to help share the call to hopefully increase the number of sessions the are by, for and include BIPOC library staff. I regret not thinking of doing that for this year's call.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
Thank you so much for Angela Maycock, Mary Hirsh and Megan Stewart for all of their help and support – they rock!!!

Submitted by Candice Mack on 06/15/2023

Digital Literacy Committee – January–June 2023 Report


The group met 1 time 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 worked to support the advancement of digital literacy through PLA’s DigitalLearn website. The promotion of the site supports the strategic goals of EDISJ, Transformation, and Advocacy and Awareness.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
The work of the committee aligns well with the strategic goals. The committee can expand its work to incorporate other goals such as professional development by engaging members in conference presentations.

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)
We recommend that committee members play a more active role in reviewing and giving feedback on, using, and promoting DigitalLearn and related digital literacy resources to the field.

At ALA Annual Conference, committee members will meet and discuss the transition to new members and what will be carried over or adding in the coming six months. DigitalLearn will continue to be a priority.

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?
It may be helpful to consult with other committees such as the EDISJ committee to consider alignment. There also may be intersections with the Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships committee and ALA Literacy Committee.

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

Submitted by Angela Craig, Kelvin Watson on 06/09/2023

Committee on Family Engagement – January–June 2023 Report


The group met 4-6 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.
Following up on the Social-Emotional Learning webinar series planned and presented by the committee in fall of 2022,
Cornell University's Bronfenbrenner Center was contacted to discuss family engagement within the ecological system and potential webinar series. With four sessions focusing on the fundamentals of social-emotional learning (emphasis on the CASEL model) and practical applications of social-emotional learning including wellness and yoga, the webinar series supported the following areas of PLA's Strategic Plan: professional growth and transformation. With regards to professional development, we provided the latest social emotional research and real life application. Our work supports transformation by helping professionals translate social emotional learning within the community they serve and keeping libraries relevant in a post-pandemic world. Co-chair Zachary Stier became a liason an IMS Advisory Group for the Enriching Library Family Programming Using the Smithsonian Institution's Tall with Me Toolkits. Finally, Cornell University's Bronfenbrenner Center was contacted to discuss family engagement within the ecological system and potential webinar series.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
One area we could see committee work better align with the strategic goals is advocacy and awareness. Specifically, it is important to continue to advocate for family engagement as a key foundation for PLA's role and responsibility in empowering librarians. We would like to see the committee focus on EDISJ more in the future as well. Multigenerational programming is an impactful way to reach a diverse community.

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)
This is a great time to begin working on new projects. In this reporting period, we wrapped up projects that began last year, and the committee is ready to move forward with new ideas and plans. We discussed some content creating ideas, with committee members providing content for social media posts, blogs, etc. For in-coming committee members it will be important for them to have an orientation about the committee. It might be a good idea to create a brief video welcoming them to the committee and discuss its goals and how they align with the PLA's strategic plan. In addition, it is recommended that the incoming co-chairs meet with new committee members to get to know them and what they envision for the committee moving forward.

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?
We would like to see the committee continue to work with other arms of ALA, such as ALSC and YALSA to further the committee’s reach and expertise.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
It has been a wonderful year and we look forward to what lies ahead for the committee and its members.

Submitted by Zachary Stier; Becky Shaknovich on 06/07/2023

Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice – January–June 2023 Report


The group met 4-6 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 current PLA Strategic Plan includes five goals- 1. Transformation; 2. Leadership; 3. Advocacy and Awareness; 4. Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ); and 5. Organizational Excellence. As it has stated in the plan, these strategic goals are neither discrete nor linear. They are interconnected and support one another. The concepts of EDISJ are embedded in the other four goals to ensure public libraries receive adequate supports to bring structural changes. This year, the EDISJ committee are divided into two subcommittees to take on different projects to support PLA to advance its strategic plan.

Subcommittee 1 has been working on a EDISJ policy so that it provides a framework for other libraries to adapt to their own needs. Subcommittee 2 creates a website of EDISJ challenge activities that libraries can be easily utilize for their own public program and advocacy.

At this point, both subcommittees have completed the bulk part of these two projects. After some considerations, both current co-chairs recognize the benefits of having the new committee members come on board in July to provide a fresh perspective on these two projects. Both projects will be wrapped up by the end of 2023.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
When new committee members come on board in July 2023, co-chairs will conduct one-on-one meeting with newcomers. With both subcommittee projects in mind, co-chairs will review PLA strategic plan with each new members to ensure EDISJ policy and challenge are aligned and will advance PLA strategic 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)
It will be very helpful if in-coming committee members review PLA strategic plan and the on-going work of both subcommittees.

Once we welcome in-coming members through the one-on-one meeting, hopefully everyone will hit the ground and finish both projects by the end of 2023.

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?
Not at this time.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
I understand EDISJ is a current hot topic and many librarians are very passionate about it. We have a big roster of talented library staff across the country. As we live and work in different time zones, it is difficult to communicate and schedule meetings that suit everyone. We do the best we can. I have to say, I truly enjoy the diversity and the experience that everyone brings to the table. I look forward to working with everyone in the coming year.

Submitted by Tamara King and Peggy Tseng on 06/07/2023

Technology Committee – January–June 2023 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.
This year, we have been focused on re-defining the Technology Committee. We have decided to focus on creating Technology Competencies for library staff. Once that task is complete, we plan to focus on assessment and training opportunities for library staff, potentially creating some type of technology competency certificate for libraries.

Our chair met with the PLA board and discussed changes to our deliverables and outcomes. The board liked and approved of our direction.

We believe that the work of our committee directly supports PLA's strategic goals of Transformation, Professional Growth, and Organizational Excellence.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
In our case, we focused on PLA's strategic goals during our discussions of how to re-define the committee's goals. At this point, the Technology Committee is directly aligned with the strategic 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)
It's a great time to join the Technology Committee – we have decided what we want to accomplish. This next year will be focused on actually accomplishing our goals.

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?
Not sure at the moment. That said, there is a LOT of overlap with committees and goals, so probably so.

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

Submitted by David Lee King on 06/06/2023

Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Committee – January–June 2023 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 is currently focusing on ways to support public library staff who might be dealing with book challenges in their area by creating a list of Intellectual Freedom resources most beneficial to public libraries. The goal is to determine the best way to distribute this list and the best format for this type of resource list.

This project supports 3 of the current strategic goals: Advocacy, Transformation, and Professional Growth. It enables library workers and libraries to better advocate for Intellectual Freedom, recognizes the changes happening in library communities, and focuses on ensuring that all levels of library staff can access these resources and have a better understanding of how it might affect them and actions they can take.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
There is likely way to integrate the strategic goal of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice by reviewing how these challenges may be different in certain areas of the country depending on demographics. Certain communities and even library staff might need more or different types of support.

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)
And extension of the resource list we are creating could include some sort of instructions or tool kit on how to assist libraries and library staff in creating their own list of local resources. When discussing certain areas such as training or partnerships, we realized there was a trend of "find your local [insert org here]".

There was also discussion of public libraries and emergency services which may be something to look at in the future considering increased extreme weather, etc.

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?
The Office for Intellectual Freedom, and any other similar groups, would be useful as we do not want to repeat work already being done and want to make sure we have the most up-to-date information.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
I think it's an interesting committee which has the potential to go a lot of different directions depending on what is needed.

Submitted by Maureen Langley on 06/05/2023

Public Libraries Advisory Committee – January–June 2023 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.
Our meetings consisted of discussions on topics to be covered in upcoming issues of Public Libraries with a specific focus on the PLA Strategic Plan, how to incorporate EDISJ topics in every issue and what best way to cover topics that tied in with the SP of PLA.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
I think we did that as much as possible, particularly having Kathleen Hughes, our staff liaison, guiding that as a main goal of the committee. Every committee member had an opportunity to contribute to the work of the committee.

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)
For incoming members it would be good to have those who are familiar with the Public Libraries magazine, who have an interest in writing or have writing contacts and have skills to guide the discussion and the work of the committee.

Carryover work would include decisions on future topics for 2024, who is writing the articles, especially those that cover diverse themes to tie in with PLA's Strategic Plan.

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?
I am not sure regarding that question.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
Our committee had great discussion on the topics we were seeking for the magazine, especially in reference to the best topics to seek writers for, planning for future issues and topics of interest to the audience, we discussed the topics for the March-April 2024 Conference themed issue and made decisions on the Feature Articles Contest for first place and honorable mention.

Submitted by Martha Hutzel on 06/05/2023

Membership Advisory Group – January–June 2023 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 Membership Advisory Group connects members, particularly new members, to PLA as well as provides feedback through the Staff Liaison on member messaging. The group sends out initial welcome emails to new members, offering to answer any questions they might have about the organization. The group also volunteers to work at the ALA booth during conferences to assist in guiding members as requested. The Membership Advisory Group supports PLA’s strategic goals by supporting professional growth and prioritizing and aligning resources to increase membership.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
The Membership Advisory Group is always seeking ways to continue to ensure that new members feel included and welcomed to PLA. While the group informs new members of opportunities to get involved, training sessions, and other professional development activities, perhaps the group could also find a way to assist new members in being more active in the social aspect of PLA through Connect. The group along with the staff liaison has brainstormed ideas in the past to make this happen but as of yet has not come up with a realistic solution. Assisting new members in feeling socially connected to PLA might assist in retaining members as well as building a platform for library workers to truly feel connected to the field at a national level.

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)
In-coming committee members should be prepared to continue the monthly welcome emails. Some members in the past have found success in connecting with new members by offering up networking through Linked-In. Additionally, there are opportunities for some presence at upcoming conferences outside of ALA Annual if in-coming committee members are available.

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?
ALA’s Membership Committee would be a great partnership for this group.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
This group is for many members their first, and maybe only, connection to the organization. There could be opportunities for more networking and support with new members, but additional support would be necessary from PLA.

Submitted by Rachel Nowell and Cindy Hohl on 06/05/2023

Continuing Education Advisory Group – January–June 2023 Report


The group met 1 time 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 webinars that the committee reviewed support strategic goals of Professional Growth, Transformation, EDISJ and Advocacy and Awareness through their focus and content. The webinars also supported the strategic goal of Organizational Excellence by providing high quality opportunities for continuing education and training from a trusted source. The group reviewed webinar proposals and selected eight for presentation between March and August 2023. Selected topics are:

1. Working with Community Partners to Offer Library Programming to Expectant Parents and Parents of Newborns
2. Putting the Let’s Talk Race Curriculum into Practice
3. Getting Started with Services to Decarcerated Patrons
4. Let’s Talk About It: Developing Staff Training Programs for Difficult Topics
5. Astronomy Programming in Public Libraries
6. Reimagining Digital Literacy to Address Emotion and Culture in the Fight Against Fake News
7. Creating a Personal Archiving Program and Do-It-Yourself Memory Lab for Library Patrons
8. Community Networking Small Library Big Impact

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those goals?
We feel the webinars selected aligned well with the strategic goals. It helped that the goals were highlighted by Angela at a virtual group meeting before the webinars were reviewed.

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)
We recommend that committee members are prepared to set aside some time to review the proposals. It’s an efficient, well-run committee that depends on individual work outside of meetings.

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?
It may be helpful in the future to communicate/ consult with other committees such as the EDISJ committee on webinar proposals to encourage alignment across committees/ organizations. It may also be helpful to recommend proposals that aren’t selected due to sheer numbers to other committees, and/ or request help promoting selected webinars within committees.

Is there anything else about your committee experience you’d like to share?
This is a well-run committee that requires focused attention without being too time consuming. We appreciate the opportunity to have input on continuing education offered by PLA. Angela is great to work with, communicates well, and gives good directives and support. Thank you!

Submitted by Roosevelt Weeks and Krista Riggs on 05/31/2023