Your Invitation to the ALA Virtual Town Hall 2011
To: All ALA Members
From: ALA President Roberta Stevens
Please join me for ALA’s first Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, June 1st from 3:00pm – 4:30pm CDT, online! We will be discussing reports on e-books and the Association’s response to this emerging issue, along with progress on ALA’s 2015 Strategic Plan and a report on advocacy initiatives during my Presidential year. Your participation is encouraged, both during the Virtual Town Hall and prior to the meeting via a special ALA Connect group. I hope that you will be able to join our discussion and bring your ideas on these important topics.
We anticipate hosting 1,000 participants in the Virtual Town Hall, so pre-registration is required. Registration begins today and closes on Tuesday, May 31st. Please go to ALA’s iLinc space at https://ala.ilinc.com/register/tzvwtkr to receive your personal email invitation to the Virtual Town Hall. Details on technical requirements for participation will be returned with your email invitation. In addition to an audio and video stream of the proceedings, live captioning will be provided for all participants. Questions will be taken during the event by chat and by voice, although questions and comments are encouraged via ALA Connect prior the June 1st Virtual Town Hall.
The ALA Connect group at http://connect.ala.org/members has been pre-loaded with documents from EQUACC, the Presidential Task Force for Equitable Access to Electronic Content; the Spring 2011 Executive Board Report from the president and Association financials; the 2015 Strategic Plan; as well as the tentative agenda for the June 1st event. You are invited to review these reports and comment in the Connect group. Discussion threads covering ‘Questions for ALA Leadership’ and ‘New Ideas for ALA’ are ready to be used. Anyone can add new discussion topics and your thoughts, ideas and creativity are encouraged.
We all look forward to welcoming you on June 1st for this inaugural Virtual Town Hall. Again, I encourage you to join in the discussion and help set the course for your association. Thank you for participating and for your membership.
Roberta A. Stevens,
2010-2011 President, American Library Association