Dear ALCTS Members,
The 2015/2016 ALCTS Nominating Committee is charged with developing the slate of candidates for the spring 2016 election.
At the ALA 2013 Annual Conference, the ALCTS Board of Directors approved a new charge for the ALCTS Advocacy Coordinating Group and asked the group to recommend a new name that reflects its expanded charge encompassing policy-based and legislative activities and well as its continuing interest in advocacy. Since the group’s inception in January 2013, group members have been exploring its responsibilities related to advocacy as well as its potential roles within the policy and legislative arenas. The members concluded that to be more usefully transparent to the ALCTS membership and leaders, explicit references to policy development and legislative influence were necessary.
The result is a new name: ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee (APC) with a revised charge and tasks.
Enable the association to play a proactive and effective role in policy development and legislative influence in order to enhance and ensure ALCTS’ contribution to the advancement of the profession and the improvement of library services.
The committee meets routinely via telephone conference calls in addition to ALA conferences. We are currently working closely with ALCTS President Genevieve Owens and her President’s Program Planning Committee (chaired by Mathew Beacon) to involve ALCTS in the new environment of open access as defined by the new federal mandate in support of open access of scholarship and data for federally funded scientific research.
By the nature of our broad association mission and interests, ALCTS is uniquely positioned to broadly discuss, inform its membership, and influence the national discussion regarding this federal policy mandate. Moreover, there is interest by the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) in being involved in our discussions, which should continue well beyond the upcoming year as they have the potential extending beyond the initial focus of federally funded scientific research.
Our current agenda includes:
The APC membership currently includes: Olivia Madison (Chair), Joyce McDonough, Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Sarah Simpson, Reeta Sinha, Eleanor Cook (ex-officio, ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group), Duncan Stewart (ex-officio, ALA Legislative Assembly), and Charles Wilt (ALCTS Staff Liaison).
Visit the new ALCTS APC webpage to learn more about our activities and how you can contribute.
—Olivia Madison, Chair, ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee