Membership Initiative Groups

A Membership Initiative Group (MIG) is formed when a group of ALA members identifies a common concern or interest about librarianship which falls outside the delegated responsibility of a single division, roundtable, or unit, and wishes to establish a short-term, renewable mechanism to address this concern or interest. To establish a MIG, which must be approved by the Committee on Organization and reported to Council, a group must submit to COO a statement of purpose, at least one hundred signatures of ALA members in good standing, and the names and addresses of designated organizers.(ALA Policy A.4.3.12).

For additional information, contact Kerri Price, Staff Liaison to the Committee on Organization.

Currently Active MIGs

Diversity

This open forum would be an organizational home for persons interested in fostering an improved climate for diversity within the American Library Association as a means to positively impact services to the increasingly diverse populations who utilize our libraries on a daily basis.  In addition, it would provide a base for conference programming, formal contacts, e-lists, etc. It would raise issues of concern with the Office for Diversity, Committee on Diversity and other formal ALA communities (Divisions, Committees, Round Tables, etc.).  Staff Liaison: Gwendolyn Prellwitz, gprellwitz@ala.org.

For additional information, visit the Diversity MIG's ALAConnect group.

Entrepreneurship and Maker Spaces

More and more, libraries are becoming places of active, connected learning. The mission of the Entrepreneurship and Maker Spaces Member Interest Group is:

  1. to provide a community within ALA for members interested in discussing new ways that libraries can encourage and support community makers and builders, be they businesses and businesspeople from startup through growth-stage, or creators of objects or content,
  2. providing a pan-libraries forum for the support of libraries engaged in building or renovating entrepreneurship and maker spaces in their libraries.

Our goal is to furnish space for librarians and library staff to brainstorm, develop, and share ideas for fundraising, friendraising, programming, publications, and publicity. Staff liaisons, Tina Coleman, ccoleman@ala.org and Jenny Levine, jlevine@ala.org.

Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries

To provide a method for engagement and networking among ALA members interested in comic books and graphic novels. To collaborate with ALA units to support the inclusion of comic books and graphic novels in library initiatives and programs across the Association. To advocate for wider incorporation and acceptance by the profession and the Association for comic books and graphic novels in library services, programming, and collections. This group is open to all members, and encourages participation from members from all library types and members who serve various library user demographics. Staff liaison, Tina Coleman, ccoleman@ala.org.

Librarians Build Communities

To provide library workers with information about skills-based volunteering so that they can plan and carry out volunteer programs benefiting libraries and other social service organizations in communities that can benefit from organized, targeted volunteer events.  Skills can include the skills that library workers exercise every day in their jobs (e.g., short-term cataloging projects, book repair, technology projects, story hours) as well as other skills such as painting, basic home/school/library building repair and improvement, carpentry, gardening and yard work etc.  Assistance includes, but is not necessarily limited to advice and tool kits on how to develop a relationship with a library or community agency that can host an event and how to plan, organize, manage, recruit volunteers, obtain needed supplies or equipment, evaluate results, and share lessons learned with the library community so volunteer initiatives can grow and become a viral form of library advocacy.  Skills-based volunteering can, literally, be grass roots advocacy.

For additional information about this group's genesis from an Emerging Leaders project and information about its ambitions for the future, see http://www.ala.org/groups/lbc. Staff liaison, Don Wood, dwood@ala.org

2015 Annual Report

Libraries Foster Community Engagement

(formerly Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement)

Libraries Foster Community Engagement provides an ALA organizational home for members interested in the work of library-led community engagement. It is a community of practice where participants share experiences facilitating public forums, fostering community and civic engagement, and leading change in communities. Participants also hear about professional development opportunities and library experiences related to convening, dialogue facilitation, forum moderation, deliberative dialogue and local partnerships to help communities understand issues of concern and solve problems together.  Staff liaison, Mary W. Ghikas, mghikas@ala.org.  

Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG)

To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programs Office. Staff liaison: Deb Robertson, Public Programs Office.

Virtual Communities and Libraries

To provide a group within ALA for members interested in fostering the practice of library work, the visibility of libraries and library workers, and the extension of library services within online social networks, virtual worlds, and other communities of intention. To provide a mechanism for sharing experiences and practices in-person or virtually through programming or asynchronous communications. To encourage wider participation by the profession and the association in virtual worlds. To establish a forum across all types of libraries and at all levels of library employment concerned with the development of library services in emerging social networks, virtual worlds, and other communities of intention. This group is open to all members. Staff liaison, Tina Coleman, ccoleman@ala.org.

Guidelines for Membership Initiative Groups

Definition

A Membership Initiative Group (MIG) is a short-term organizational vehicle that provides for prompt, organized membership activities on topical issues of mutual interest. While possibly overlapping with other ALA units for brief times, a MIG may not assume any of the delegated responsibilities of said units that are currently being carried out by said units, nor may a MIG speak for the Association.

Formation

A group of ALA members, having identified their common concern for some aspect of librarianship, shall present the following information to the ALA Committee on Organization:

  1. A statement of purpose.
  2. A petition signed by at least 100 ALA members in good standing.
  3. The signatures and addresses of designated organizers.

The COO chair shall acknowledge receipt of the required documentation, with a copy to the ALA Member Programs and Services. After verification of the signatures on the petition, COO shall approve or disapprove the establishment of the MIG. This action shall be reported to Council in the COO report at the next conference.

The ALA Conference Services Office shall acknowledge receipt of notification and make every effort to accommodate the space/time/place needs of the MIG.

Renewals

Once established, a MIG may operate for three years at which point it may re-petition for another three- year term or may request another place within the ALA structure by following the procedures for establishing that type of group, or may request the ALA COO to disband it. The re-petitioning process can be renewed every three years. If the re-petition process is not carried out when due, the MIG will be disbanded.

Support

While the MIG exists, the Association shall provide meeting space, a listing in the Handbook of Organization, inclusion in conference schedules, and a contact person at Headquarters designated by the Executive Director to provide parliamentary counseling. In addition, the MIG may request small support items, either from Headquarters or as budgetary requests to BARC. All other MIG activities will be handled by the group.

Reports

A Membership Initiative Group shall provide an annual report of activities to the ALA Committee on Organization by August 1 of each year or more often if requested.