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?
No

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

Digital Literacy Committee – September–March 2020 Report


The group met 4-6 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Delivered session at ARSL Conference.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Second Activity
Delivered half-day pre-conference session at PLA Conference.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Third Activity
Presented work of committee and PLA at various conferences and on webinars.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Leadership, Transformation

Fourth Activity
Committee members contacted state and local congressional leaders to oppose MacMillan Publishing’s eBook embargo.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Transformation

Fifth Activity
Continue to work with Microsoft and Google to expand our existing partnerships.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Organizational Excellence

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Creating a plan to update the online courses in DigitalLearn.org

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
A digital services internship with PLA would be wonderful. Our idea is to work with the ALA accredited library schools to create a “virtual” internship where students could get course credit for helping to vet, update, and manage content on DigitalLearn.org. This could include both the eLearning modules as well as the instructor materials.

Create a DigitalLearn.org Technology Competency learning and evaluation module to add to the Tools for Trainers site for library staffers’ to be able to acquire and test technology competencies.

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

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

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.

Submitted by Monica Dombrowski on 02/24/2020

Technology Committee – September–March 2019 Report


The group met 1 time this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
PLA technology committee met at ALA 2019 midwinter in Seattle as well as at ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C. During the meeting at MW the committee decided to sponsor a presentation at Annual 19 about Code for America and the Public Library. Chair Henry Bankhead and Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz submitted a proposal entitled "Code for America and Your Public Library: How to Harness the Awesome Power of the Collective Will Using Open Data" that was accepted. https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/ALA-Annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=496228. The committee had a lengthy discussion on https://connect.ala.org/pla/ to organize and support the presentation.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Transformation

Second Activity
We are planning a program on Privacy issues for the 2020 ALA Annual conference. Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz and a number of other committee members are collaborating on https://connect.ala.org/pla/communities/community-home to organize a presentation, recruit speaker and submit a conference proposal.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Advocacy and Awareness

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Conference proposal for ALA Annual 2020 and planning for meeting before PLA conference 2020.

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
no

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

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
no

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?
Steve Hoffman's assistance is priceless.

Submitted by Henry Miller Bankhead on 09/03/2019