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 mechanism to address this concern or interest. To establish a MIG, which must be approved by COO and reported to Council, a group must submit to the Committee on Organization 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 6.12). Contact Danielle Alderson, email@example.com, Member Programs and Services, ALA Headquarters.
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.
To provide a mechanism for sharing experiences with promoting, developing and sustaining commons. To provide a base for conference programming, formal contacts, e-lists, etc. To encourage participation in efforts and partnerships to help promote, build and sustain information commons. This group includes librarians from all types of libraries who are eager to learn about and share their experiences with developing and preserving commonly shared resources, as well as understanding and promoting the concept of the commons. Staff liaison, Mary W. Ghikas, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement
To provide an ALA organizational home for members interested in facilitating public forums, fostering civic engagement, and framing issues for deliberation in their communities. To provide a mechanism for sharing experiences in convening and/or moderating forums. To provide a base for conference programming, formal contacts, e-lists, etc. To encourage participation in deliberative forum training efforts and local partnerships to help communities understand issues of concern and solve problems together. Open to all ALA members. Staff liaison, Mary W. Ghikas, email@example.com.
LibraryLab / Library Boing Boing
(formerly the Library Boing Boing Member Interest Group)
To bring librarians and Boing Boing readers (aka, Happy Mutants) together to generate support for and raise interest in libraries via projects at local libraries.
Help find and propose content about libraries that could be posted to Boing Boing.
Provide active ways for Happy Mutants to support and get involved with their local libraries (eg, toolkits, best practices, ideas for local projects).
Create dynamic programming at library conferences that Library Boing Boingers can then take outside of the library community to promote libraries (eg, SxSW, local community events, etc.).
Work together to help Happy Mutants advance our shared interests (eg, copyright reform, net neutrality, game culture, digital divide issues, open government, etc.).
Coordinate an international community of librarians working with their own Happy Mutant groups.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.