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.
Integrating the four pillars of the 2022-2026 PLA Strategic Plan, not only did we meet to get work done to support families, we met to connect and encourage each other in our work as Librarians. 3. We continued the work of creating family engagement posts for social media on a monthly basis. Followers were able to see such ideas as a T-Rex Tea Party, Shamrocks and Shenanigans program, and family cooking programs. A May and a June post are still upcoming. 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.
We started a project of reviewing content from the past Advancing Family Engagement in Libraries courses to make suggestions as to how PLA could repackage the material for asynchronous learning. This project targets transformation and professional growth.

Do you see opportunities to better align committee work with those 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)
This committee will be moving to advisory status for the next year. The social media posts are relatively easy to do and are a way to highlight different ways that libraries are doing family engagement work in their communities. We also recommend that the advisory group continue any reviewing of past Advancing Family Engagement course content that is not completed by the end of June and make suggestions to PLA as to what content would be useful so that training can be shared more widely. PLA has also been awarded an IMLS grant to target family engagement in Spanish speaking populations. While work did not begin on that before the year ended, this group would be a great resource for the cohort group.

We are fortunate to have one returning co-chair and one past committee member becoming the other co-chair to help with the transition of this work, along with some returning committee members and the opportunity for new committee members to keep the conversation and the work fresh, representative, and open.

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?
There are elements of this committee that would pair well with ALSC’s Early and Family Literacy Committee.

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

Submitted by Lisa Mulvenna and Linda Noyce on 05/22/2024