A friend was nice enough to send me a copy of this interesting document from the ALA Council meeting on Sunday. It’s the report from the the ALA’s Future Perfect Presidential Task Force, a group that was charged with the following question:
If there were no governing body currently in place, what structure would you envision that reflects ALA’s goal of an engaged and collaborative membership, the effective use of new technologies, and the changes in outlook and expectations occurring with the new generation of people working in libraries?
They came up with these five proposed changes.
- Revising requirements and member options associated with conferences
- Merging council and the executive board
- Committing to diversity through resource allocation and structural change
- Integrating ALA with its state chapters
- Increasing transparency, accessibility, and open communication
- Legitimizing governance by increasing voting percentages and member engagement
It’s worth taking the time to read since it talks about a lot of different possibilities for future governance of the organization. I’m going to think about it for a couple of days, but I thought people who are away from the conference might like a look as well.