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Vision statement of the Florida Library Association
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Florida Library Association
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Florida Library History ProjectFlorida Library Association Vision Statement of the Florida Library Association The Florida Library Association (FLA) develops programs and undertakes activities to earn it a leadership position for all areas of librarianship. To do this, the Association works with other professional organizations and professions that are relevant to librarianship; provides increasing opportunities for librarians and support staff in Florida to advance their skills so that they can maintain their effectiveness in the new information age; works closely with the information industry, facilitating productive links with the library community; and continues its role as legislative advocate for excellence in all types of library service within the state of Florida and beyond GOAL 1 The Florida Library Association provides leadership on public policy issues affecting libraries at the local, state, and national levels. It provides leadership and leadership opportunities for its members, library advocates, the library profession and those working and volunteering in libraries. A. The FLA Executive Board, Committees, Sections, Interest Groups, and Discussion Groups will monitor issues and trends including adult literacy, confidentiality of library records, copyright, privatization, free library service, public/private
partnerships, service to a multi-cultural citizenry, homelessness, educational change, youth as trend-setters, and other issues that will arise. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Executive Board, Committees, Sections, Interest Groups, Discussion Groups B. The FLA ALA Counselor and SELA Representative will continuously communicate and advance the interests of the Florida library community to those respective organizations and relate appropriate interests back to FLA. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: FLA ALA Counselor, SELA Representative GOAL 2 The Florida Library Association builds membership and organizational strength through recruitment, retention, and mentoring strategies. A. The Membership Committee will investigate the Texas, California, and New York Library Associations to see if there are any activities the Florida Library Association
could adopt that they are doing successfully. Time Frame: 2004 Annual Conference Responsibility: Membership Committee B. The Membership Committee will coordinate a series of focus groups, as needed, and they will prioritize recommendations from those groups to bring to the Executive Board for action. 2 Time Frame: Review biennially starting in 2004 Responsibility: Membership Committee C. The Leadership Development Committee will expand its charge to present a comprehensive three-year plan for cultivating new association leaders by: 1. Broadening participation on committees. 2. Taking responsibility for the nomination or succession planning for Sections and Interest Groups. Time Frame: Present plan at Annual Conference 2004 Responsibility: Leadership Development Committee D. The Leadership Development Committee will maintain the mentoring program begun
in 2003. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Leadership Development Committee E. The Leadership Development Committee will plan Annual Conference activities to recognize incoming and outgoing leaders. Time Frame: Annually, to begin with Annual Conference 2005 Responsibility: Leadership Development Committee F. The Citations and Awards Committee will expand its charge to recognize more FLA members for their work in FLA and their communities. Time Frame: Annually, to begin with Annual Conference 2005 Responsibility: Citations and Awards Committee G. The Executive Board will foster retention of new FLA members by such activities as a rsum review service at Annual Conference, new member welcome activities, and regular communication from Board members. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Executive Board H. The Scholarship Committee will expand its charge to include recruitment
functions and add one activity per year in that area. Time Frame: Ongoing, beginning in 2004 Responsibility: Scholarship Committee GOAL 3 The Florida Library Association addresses the continuing education and professional development needs of its members by encouraging active participation in Association activities and by providing continuing education opportunities to the library community. A. The Continuing Education Committee will evaluate and make recommendations regarding the provision of continuing education "tracks", poster sessions, roundtable discussion groups, and other professional development and continuing education opportunities at the annual FLA conference. 3 Time Frame: Annually Responsibility: Continuing Education Committee B. The Continuing Education Committee will devise a systematic way of eliciting print
contributions (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, outlines, etc.) prior to Annual Conference for purposes of a printed syllabus and of eliciting electronic contributions from some of the major FLA Annual Conference speakers so that they may be mounted on the FLA Website following the conclusion of the Conference. Time Frame: Annually Responsibility: Continuing Education Committee C. The Continuing Education Committee will assess the potential for providing continuing education activities in addition to the annual conference, including distance learning and partnering with other entities. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Continuing Education Committee D. The Continuing Education Committee will plan and host one or more "roundtable" programs at the Annual Conference with an eye toward facilitating the growth of Discussion Groups within FLA. Program information from these discussions will be posted on the FLA Website. Time Frame: Ongoing
Responsibility: Continuing Education Committee E. The five Sections leaders will write and bring to the Annual Leadership Orientation a welcome letter for their members, toward the end of providing both communication and more opportunities for involvement. Leaders will also communicate regularly with their members. Time Frame: Ongoing, starting with Leadership Orientation 2004 Responsibility: Section Chairs GOAL 4 The Florida Library Association disseminates and communicates ideas and information about the Association, libraries, and library issues to the library community and to the public. A. FLA will continue dissemination of information about the Association, libraries, and library programs and issues through the monthly e-mail News Digest, the FLA Web site, the biannual Florida Libraries magazine, and FLA listserv. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Communications Coordinator, News Digest Editor, Web
Team, Florida Libraries Editor B. The FLA Web team will investigate and make recommendations regarding the cost and feasibility of expanding the capabilities of the FLA Web site to offer continuing education programs, to allow for online registration for conferences and online membership renewal, and to conduct membership surveys. Time Frame: Ongoing 4 Responsibility: Communications Coordinator and Web Team C. The FLA Communications Coordinator, Web team, and FLA News Digest Editor will develop a plan whereby annual reports will be submitted directly to and posted on the Web. Time Frame: In time for the 2004 Annual Reports Responsibility: Communications Coordinator, Web Team, FLA News Digest Editor GOAL 5 The Florida Library Association seeks public support and promotes standards and legislation
favorable to libraries. A. The Legislative Committee and Executive Board will annually develop and implement plans and strategies to secure increased funding for all types of libraries and library personnel. Time Frame: Annually Responsibility: Executive Board, Legislative Committee B. The Legislative Committee and Executive Board will annually develop plans and strategies that insure year-round contact by library advocates with legislators. Time Frame: Annually Responsibility: Executive Board, Legislative Committee C. The Legislative Committee will evaluate the relationship between the State Library and FLA's advocacy efforts in light of the changes in the state structure and advise the Executive Board based on their analysis. Time Frame: Through the transition period Responsibility: Legislative Committee D. The Executive Board will support and monitor the development of standards for public
libraries in Florida. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Executive Board GOAL 6 The Florida Library Association supports citizens' right of access to information and ideas through all library media, and will support librarians and other professionals in the defense of intellectual freedom throughout Florida. A. In order to maintain awareness of this critical area among the members of FLA, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) shall organize programs centered on an intellectual freedom topic at Annual Conference whenever needed or when topics of concern or interest are expressed by the general or IFC membership or the Conference Planning and Scheduling Committee. Time Frame: Issues examined annually Responsibility: Intellectual Freedom Committee 5 B. The IFC will maintain liaison with Florida groups sharing this goal, and will
recommend to the Executive Board participation in the activities of these organizations as appropriate. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Intellectual Freedom Committee C. The IFC will serve as a support and counseling group for Florida groups battling censorship and, with the approval of the Executive Board, will seek the support of national organizations to oppose censorship in Florida when this support is useful and productive. Time Frame: As need arises Responsibility: Executive Board, Intellectual Freedom Committee GOAL 7 The Florida Library Association provides an organizational structure that is responsive to the needs of its constituency and is accountable for effectively carrying out its objectives. A. The Planning Committee will examine and revise the FLA Strategic Plan annually with input from the Executive Board; Committee Chairs; Section, Interest Group, and Discussion Group Leaders; and the general membership.
Time Frame: Annually Responsibility: Planning Committee, Executive Board B. The Planning Committee will review the impact of revisions to the Strategic Plan on the structure of the organization in terms of committee assignments and will recommend relevant changes to the Executive Board. Time Frame: Annually Responsibility: Planning Committee, Executive Board C. The Planning Committee will evaluate the management structure of the Association and make recommendations to the Executive Board. Time Frame: January 2004 Responsibility: Planning Committee, Budget Committee D. The Executive Board will appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to: 1. Review methods to increase new revenue through such means as FLA endowments, planned giving, fundraising, and/or business partnership initiatives. 2. Examine institutional dues.
3. Reevaluate the stated "benefits of membership in FLA," investigating individual discounts that might be attached to membership cards (e.g., Borders, Geico, rental car companies) and identifying benefits for institutions and for Friends and Trustees groups. Time Frame: 2004 Responsibility: Ad Hoc Committee 6 GOAL 8 The Florida Library Association multiplies its effectiveness and that of its members through collaboration with other organizations, businesses, multi-type library cooperatives, and individuals. A. The Executive Board will initiate discussions with associations in allied fields and other library associations such as FAME, the Special Library Association, Friends groups, boards of Trustees, and cultural heritage institutions to improve collaborative approaches to achieving common objectives. Time Frame: Ongoing
Responsibility: Executive Board B. The Association will contact other Florida library organizations and cultural heritage institutions and offer to collaborate on programs and exhibits. Time Frame: Ongoing Responsibility: Conference Planning & Scheduling Committee; Museums and Cultural Heritage Interest Group C. The Executive Board will address issues and opportunities concerning national and regional associations holding meetings in the state. Time Frame: As needed Responsibility: Executive Board