Dear SLA-SD Members,
As you know, SLA President Jill Strand recently announced that the SLA Change Consultants, Cindy Shamel and Ulla de Stricker, who were engaged by SLA to provide strategic recommendations in areas such as marketplace positioning and viability, membership revenue and growth, and conference modeling forwarded their report to the board – See more at: http://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/key-initiatives/sla-recommendations-report/#sthash.WKU2UFdA.dpufwere tasked with providing strategic recommendations to the organization in areas such as marketplace positioning and viability, membership revenue and growth, and conference modeling, forwarded their report to the SLA Board. The report is currently available to all SLA members through the following link: http://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/key-initiatives/sla-recommendations-report/ (SLA login required to access report). If accepted and enacted, many of these recommendations will translate into significant changes in the organization. It is an exciting time to be an active member, and all are encouraged to engage in this discussion of our future!
SLA has provided several opportunities for member feedback, including:
- By e-mailing your comments to the secretary of the board, Tara Murray, who will organize the comments by recommendation and forward them to the board on a weekly basis;
- By submitting questions for consideration at a virtual Town Hall for SLA members on May 27 – recording now available through Key Board Initiatives page: https://www.sla.org/governance/board-of-directors/key-initiatives/, “Change Consultant” section (SLA member login required)
- By sharing your thoughts in person during the comment periods at the board meeting in Boston on Saturday, June 13, prior to the start of the SLA 2015 Annual Conference;
- By speaking directly with board members throughout the conference; and
- By asking questions during the annual business meeting, to be held at SLA 2015 on Tuesday, June 16, at 5:00 p.m. (This will mark the cut-off for the board to receive comments.)
In an effort to engage our chapter members – and ourselves – in this discussion, SLA-SD will be holding a discussion session on the evening of Monday, June 8, 4:30 – 6:00 pm at Ashford University. During this time, members are encouraged to discuss the recommendations’ strengths and weaknesses; address strong points, concerns, confusion, and additional ideas; and ask questions among each other to clarify how these recommendations may affect us as individuals and as a chapter.
- How will the recommended changes to business partnerships / vendor sponsorship rules (centralizing requests for funding; sharing revenue 50/50 with HQ) affect our ability to fund SLA-SD Chapter programs (particularly Fall Seminar)? (section 3.1)
- Regarding recommended changes to SLA’s educational products and services — such as positioning SLA as a lifelong career school for members — is there a strategy to encourage broader recognition of the value in SLA certifications and coursework by employers and other related industries? (section 4)
- How do the recommended changes to leadership training (eliminating the January in-person Leadership Summit and replacing this with web-based training) affect our future leaders? Will web training be sufficient, or even better? (section 5.1.a)
- Should content management of the SLA Annual Conference be entrusted to a single professional (or two), shifting content selection away from SLA units? Would this planning position be outsourced, or should this individual be a member or otherwise affiliated with SLA? (section 5.1.c)
- What are your thoughts on the recommended consolidation and standardization of SLA Divisions? How would these affect members — positively and negatively? (section 6.1.a)
- What implications do the recommended changes to Chapter organization have for our San Diego Chapter? (section 6.1.b)
- Are the recommendations for securing immediate operating funds for SLA Headquarters appropriate? Should SLA HQ plan to access unit funds to avoid deficit? (section 7.1)
Discussion attendees are encouraged to come prepared by reading the full recommendations and noting any particular areas that merit discussion. We will have several copies of the recommendations on hand just in case they’re needed. If anyone is unable to attend but has discussion points to offer, please send them along to me, and I will pose them to our group.
What: SLA Strategic Recommendations Discussion Session
When: Monday, June 8, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where: Ashford University
8620 Spectrum Center Blvd
San Diego, CA 92123
**Note: Elizabeth Grossman, Ashford’s Senior Director of Library Services, will greet attendees in the Ashford lobby beginning at 4:15 pm. We will be meeting in a 10th floor conference room. Light refreshments of cookies, coffee, and water will be served!
Questions: contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 630.251.3735
Please RSVP to Amy at: email@example.com
Thank you – and I hope to see you next week!
SLA San Diego Chapter