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