On the Reduction of ALA Councilors-at-Large

Let me state here, for the record, I have no objection to reducing the number of councilors at-large or the number of division and chapter councilors if evidence can be provided as to how those reductions would benefit council or the membership. Some background info: I am an ALA Councilor at Large. Sean Reinhart is the California chapter councilor. He feels we have too many at-large members … Continue reading On the Reduction of ALA Councilors-at-Large

The First Rule of ALA Executive Board is You Don’t Talk About ALA Executive Board

Ok, not really. At least, I don’t think so. Based on how many people I talked with at MidWinter who didn’t know about the election process or what Executive Board does it might be. 🙂 Several people contacted me and asked me to elaborate on the Executive Board process and experience I mentioned in my MidWinter reflections post. It does seem odd to me that there isn’t … Continue reading The First Rule of ALA Executive Board is You Don’t Talk About ALA Executive Board

I Want to Know Your Thoughts on ALA. Love it? Hate it? Tell Me Why

Over the years I’ve heard complaints about ALA and reasons for not belonging many along the lines of the ones Jim Rettig mentions in his recent article Is the Association Ripe for Rebellion? It costs too much. It should be possible to join one of the Association’s 11 divisions without joining ALA. It doesn’t care about librarians, just about libraries. It spends too much time on … Continue reading I Want to Know Your Thoughts on ALA. Love it? Hate it? Tell Me Why