We are officially organized as an ASCLA Interest Group in order to access the resources of ALA. Here is some information on what that means.
Overview of Features for this ASCLA Interest Group
Who can be a member of an ASCLA Interest Group?
- Anyone can be a member of the group. They do not have to be an ASCLA member.
How does an Interest Group operate?
- Interest groups may plan and sponsor programs at conferences, may sponser pre-conferences, create discussion groups, prepare publications, or carry out other activities with the approval of the Interest Group Coordinating Committee and the Board of Directors.
- Interest groups establish their own process for nominating and electing their leadership.
- No leader shall serve more than four(4) consecutive years in office.
- Any member of the Association may join as many interest groups as desired.
- Each Interest Group defines its own functions, subject to the approval of the Interest Group Coordinating Committee.
- Each Interest Group shall manage its own affairs, provided that no interest group shall adopt rules for the transaction of its business inconsistent with those of the Association, or engage in any activity in conflict with the program of the Association.
- Interest group elections are held during the Midwinter Meeting.
- Unless otherwise approved by the ASCLA executive director, interest groups will conduct their own elections and not utilize the formal ALA election system.
What are the interest group leader's responsibilities?
- Encourage involvement in the Interest Group
- Ensure that the Interest Group generates discussion topics, articles, programs, projects, etc. within the purview of the Interest Group's charge.
- Regularly communicate with Interest Group members regarding Interest Group activities as well as initiatives coming from the ASCLA Board, staff, or other interested parties.
- Communicate with the Interest Group Coordinating Committee. This will include a brief annual report on Interest Group activity. Reports will be posted on the Interest Group site.
- Communicate with the Interest Group Coordinating Commitee if, for any reason, you determine that you are unable to fulfill the responsibility of leading the Interest Group.
- Notify the ASCLA office of any changes in leadership.
- Coordinate the overall activities of the Interest Gropu and for reporting on group activities.
To find out more about ASCLA Interest Groups, go here: http://www.ala.org/mgrps/divs/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclainterest/index.cfm
To find out more about the history of this discussion, check out our history page.