Special Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces

Digital Content Working Group
Supporting the "Transformation" of libraries is a priority of the Association's 2015 Strategic Plan, and the rapid shift from print to digital content is one of the more dramatic developments now transforming libraries of all types.

New digital forms of information offer rich and extraordinary opportunities for libraries to expand community access to information and to revolutionize in positive ways the relationship between libraries and users. At the same time, these new forms of digital content pose new challenges.

As libraries struggle to meet the challenges of providing digital content in an environment characterized by significant uncertainty and changing on a daily basis, there is a need for an Association-wide group of experts, broadly representative of the many constituencies within the library community, that can proactively address these digital content opportunities and issues at the highest level and from both a policy and practical perspective.

Task Force on Electronic Member Participation
The Task Force on Electronic Member Participation is charged: “To examine existing documents and develop recommendations to adapt ALA policies to help the Association move forward with effective-e-participation practices; to survey current and planned e-participation throughout the ALA and its units; to explore, in consultation with BARC, the financial implications of expanded e-participation; and to report its findings to the ALA Council at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO.”

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Implementation Working Group
The EDI Implementation Working Group will work to implement the recommendations of the Task Force on EDI with the units designated by the Task Force final report. Units charged with a recommendation that do not have an official representative on the Implementation Working Group shall be appointed a liaison from the Working Group. The Implementation Working Group shall explore partnerships with the ethnic affiliates of the Association and other related groups as needed to implement the recommendations, and may consider appointing liaisons to other groups, such as the ethnic affiliates, to facilitate communication as needed.

Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness
The Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness will carry out a comprehensive review and study of ALA’s governance, member participation, and legal structures and systems, with the goal of proposing changes that will vitalize its success, strength, and agility as a 21st-century association.