Olivia M. A. Madison, ALCTS President
ALCTS MIDWINTER CONFERENCE!
In-depth discussions took place throughout division and section meetings regarding the proposed formation of division and sectional "interest groups." The strategic goal for the creation of interest groups is to provide more robust and improved mechanisms for the division and sections to address timely topics with programs, discussions, and publications that are important to our members.
The ALCTS Board of Directors approved the Organization and Bylaws (O&B) Committee's proposed bylaws amendments that will enable the establishment of interest groups at the division and section levels. Therefore, you will find on the ALCTS 2003 ballot two revisions to the ALCTS Bylaws that provide for the creation of interest groups.
The interest group structure could be an expanded alternative for our more content-centered committees. For the division, these committees might include Commercial Technical Services, Catalog Form and Function, Research and Statistics, etc. As interest groups, committees could provide discussion forums at midwinter meetings with broader audiences than what committee meeting space allows as well as doing the current work that would still need to be accomplished. Interest groups would also provide much greater functionality for the more narrowly defined discussion groups given that interest groups, unlike discussion groups, can hold programs at annual meetings, write publications, plan institutes and preconferences, and benefit from formal publicity mechanisms.
Our strategic plan calls for a more fluid flow of information to our members and development of increased mechanisms for publication avenues, research opportunities, and informal interchange. The Board of Directors firmly believes that the interest group structure will provide a stronger governance framework to meet these needs. As you will see from the text of the amendments, the proposed governance language is very general and is designed to provide a flexible structure for the varying needs of different interest groups. If the division membership approves the proposed enabling language, O&B will prepare recommended governing procedures for Board discussion and approval. I look forward to the future that interest groups can provide us as we continually identify better ways to expand our communication and discussion mechanisms! I hope you will agree and vote yes to these two bylaws amendments.
For more detailed information, please see the FAQ on interest groups that O&B has included in this newsletter.
ALCTS GOVERNANCE PLANNING
In closing, I am pleased to report that the ALCTS division is operating at full capacity and it is due to the service of hundreds of talented ALCTS members and an energetic and dedicated office staff. I thank you all!