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Strategic Plan 2005

Creating a Better Future for All America's Children
Association for Library Service to Children
Strategic Plan 2000-2005

OUR MISSION

The Association for Library Service to Children develops and supports the profession of children's librarianship by enabling and encouraging its practitioners to provide the best library service to our nation's children.

OUR VISION

The Association for Library Service to Children creates a better future for the nation by providing wider learning and growth opportunities for all children, their families, and all who work on behalf of children, by strengthening the libraries and the staff who serve them.

OUR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Goal I: The Association for Library Service to Children will assertively advocate for all children and work collaboratively within American Library Association governance, the profession and the wider community to ensure every child in the nation access to excellent library service and resources.

1. The Association for Library Service to Children will ensure that policies relating to children's use of the library and its resources uphold the Freedom to Read statement and the Library Bill of Rights and its interpretations.

2. The Association for Library Service to Children will identify and promote the very best resources for children in print, nonprint, and emerging formats.

3. The Association for Library Service to Children will ensure that children have full access to emerging information technologies by working cooperatively with other divisions and offices within ALA.

4. The Association for Library Service to Children will identify and focus on issues facing children and their caregivers, create strategies to address their implications for library service to children, and make recommendations where needed.

5. The Association for Library Service to Children will strengthen its partnerships with other child advocacy and other child-serving groups, and pursue liaisons with new partners to advance the cause of children and families.

6. The Association for Library Service to Children will advocate for key legislation that is in the best interest of children and families.

7. The Association for Library Service to Children will work collaboratively with the ALA Council Youth Caucus to increase the number of at-large Council members elected from the youth-serving divisions.

Goal II: The Association for Library Service to Children will promote research in the area of library service to children.

1. The Association for Library Service to Children will provide research opportunities for its members and disseminate findings and research progress reports.

2. The Association for Library Service to Children will promote the evaluation of youth services programs and projects.

Goal III: The Association for Library Service to Children will promote, strengthen and support the profession of library service to children.

1. The Association for Library Service to Children will promote recognition of the expertise of children's librarians within and outside the Association.

2. The Association for Library Service to Children will advocate for career opportunities, pay and advancement equity, and the value of achieving a diverse work force in our nation's libraries.

3. The Association for Library Service to Children will provide mentoring and role-modeling activities for youth services librarians throughout their careers.

4. The Association for Library Service to Children will make available the products of its committees to promote, strengthen, and support the profession of library service to children.

Goal IV: The Association for Library Service to Children will advance, support and strengthen education for children's librarians and other youth-serving staff.

1. The Association for Library Service to Children will advocate for the inclusion of comprehensive course work in children's library service in graduate and undergraduate programs.

2. The Association for Library Service to Children will develop a recruitment plan that encourages a diverse pool of highly qualified individuals to specialize in the dynamic field of library work with children.

3. The Association for Library Service to Children will support its existing scholarships and Association initiatives, including the Spectrum Scholarship program, and continue to develop new recruitment incentive opportunities.

4. The Association for Library Service to Children will advance continuing education opportunities for children's librarians and other youth-serving staff through participation in the work of the Division, and through traditional and distributed preconferences, conferences, courses, tutorials, and institutes.

Goal V: The Association for Library Service to Children will strengthen itself through planning, communication and membership.

1. The Association for Library Service to Children will fully integrate planning strategies into all phases of its activities.

2. The Association for Library Service to Children will annually review and revise as needed its committees' charges, procedures, and core activities for overlap, duplication, and continuity.

3. The Association for Library Service to Children will implement strategies to improve communication and share information among members and between members and staff, using both traditional methods and emerging technologies.

4. The Association for Library Service to Children will be a leader in the use of emerging technology to encourage its members democratic participation.

5. The Association for Library Service to Children will develop strategies to promote its visibility, both internally and externally.

6. The Association for Library Service to Children will actively engage in member recruitment and retention activities.

7. The Association for Library Service to Children will examine ways to ease membership dues without compromising its financial health.

Goal VI: The Association for Library Service to Children will maintain a sound financial base for the Division.

1. The Association for Library Service to Children will review its financials annually.

2. The Association for Library Service to Children will mine and market the products of its committees, award juries, and continuing education activities.

3. The Association for Library Service to Children's Executive Director, in concert with its staff and members and ALA staff, will secure new and continuing grant funding, and develop revenue enhancement activities, such as Born to Read.

4. The Association for Library Service to Children will seek opportunities and develop partnerships that provide support for the Division through direct financial or in-kind contributions.

5. The Association for Library Service to Children will create strategies to develop and strengthen its endowments and increase its long-term net worth, such as the Friends of ALSC, a matching gift program, and a planned giving initiative.

The Association for Library Service to Children will review this document annually, formally soliciting membership input at least every five years.

During the January 1992 Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio, the Association for Library Service to Children's Board of Directors adopted ALSC Goals and Objectives for the 90's. That document was reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The next revision, ALSC Goals and Objectives for the New Millennium, incorporated suggestions made by Board members in February 1995, by the ALSC Executive Committee at its Spring 1995 meeting and the ALSC Planning and Budget Committee, and was approved by the ALSC Board at the 1995 Annual Conference. The Strategic Plan Task Force began this revision early in 2000 and incorporated ALA's goals found in ALAction 2005; Common Concerns and Themes Expressed by ALSC Committee Chairs (1-15-00); and other input obtained from ALSC Division members through its discussion list and the Division Leadership Meeting (1-13-01).

Adopted by ALSC Board of Directors, January 16, 2001.