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