CoPA Group Breakdown

 

ACRL Division-level Committees are created by the Board to do the work of the Board.  ACRL offers three additional communities of practice for member engagement.

 

Communities of Practice

SECTIONS

INTEREST GROUPS

DISCUSSION GROUPS

OVERVIEW

ACRL sections develop committee, task force, and discussion group structures to provide programming, preconferences, discussion lists, recognition, as well as standards, guidelines, and other publications on their specialized topics.

ACRL interest groups address new and evolving areas of interest in academic and research librarianship. They provide members with informal networks for exchanging ideas and problem-solving.

ACRL discussion groups provide informal and flexible way for members with like-minded interests to discuss current issues facing the profession.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership rosters maintained. Personal members may elect membership in three Communities of Practice (with a maximum of 2 Sections). Additional groups may be added at additional cost.

 

Membership rosters maintained. Personal members may elect membership in three Communities of Practice (with a maximum of 3 Interest Groups). Additional groups may be added at additional cost.

 

Membership rosters are not maintained.

CREATION

Created from Interest Groups that have maintained membership of 400+ for three years after first renewal.

 

Created by petition signed by 75 ACRL members

Created by petition signed by 25 ACRL members

 

CONTINUANCE

Must maintain a membership level of 400 for continuance. (Sections which fall below 400 members for a consecutive 3-year period will dissolve or transition.)

Must petition for continuance every 3 years and maintain a membership of 75.

 

Must meet face-to-face at least once a year; otherwise automatically dissolved

 

FUNDING

·Receive a basic service allowance of $1,000 for first 400 members plus .75 for each additional member above 400.

 

Receive a budget of $150 per year

 

None

SPONSOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMS

Yes

Yes

 

No; but their discussion forums often include brief presentations.

ELECT OFFICERS

·Yes ,through ALA Ballot

Select conveners using their own process.

Select conveners using their own process.

 

SUB GROUPS

Can create committees, discussion groups, task forces and make appointments

Can create informal working groups (but do not make formal appointments tracked through the ALA membership database)

None