State of the Chapter Annual Report

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked question on the purpose of the State of the Chapter annual reports and how and when to submit them. If you are looking for the reports themselves, they are found at All State of the Chapter Reports.

How Did These Reports Evolve?

On recommendation of ALA’s Chapter Relations Committee, beginning in 2012 all Chapters were asked to complete a "State of the Chapter Annual Report" online survey. These snapshot reports (found at All State of the Chapter Reports) help Chapters and ALA assess the health and vitality of state and regional library associations. They also help highlight notable activities and achievements that can be modeled, and identify challenges and needs that may be addressed collectively.

Which Time Period Does Each Survey Cover?

The 2012 State of the Chapter Report obtained data for FY2011. The 2013 State of the Chapter Report obtained data for FY2012. The 2014 State of the Chapter Report will obtain data for FY2013. The 2015 State of the Chapter Report will obtain data for FY2014, and so on.

Who Is Responsible for Submitting the Report/Completing the Survey?

The Chapter Councilor is tasked with responsibility for their Chapter’s completion and submission of the "State of the Chapter Annual Report." For Regional Chapters, the President is asked to oversee the submission.

When Are Chapter Councilors Notified about Completing the Next Online Survey?

Usually a notifications is sent via e-mail from the Chapter Relations Office in mid-July.

What Resources Are Available to Help Complete the Survey?

See immediately below to obtain the PDF of the latest survey or go to Adobe Connect, State of the Chapter Annual Report to help in completing the online survey and to gain access to the online survey.

Where Are the Completed Surveys Posted?

To see the reports and compare reports across years or across Chapters, that is, to view and download all the Chapters' data (PDFs) obtained through the latest recorded surveys, visit All State of the Chapter Reports.

2014 State of the Chapter Annual Report (posted July 15, 2014)

This is the 2014 State of the Chapter Annual Report (PDF):

This information is also available on ALA Connect at the Chapter Councilors group.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact:

Michael Dowling
Director
American Library Association
Chapter Relations Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-280-3200
Fax: 312-280-4392
mdowling@ala.org