Interest Group Coordination Committee – December 2021 Report

The group met 2-3 times this quarter.

Recent Activities

First Activity
As this is a new committee, we decided to meet monthly. Over the past few months, we worked on creating a record-keeping and succession planning structure for the committee. This included establishing a Google Drive space to house working documents, organizing our Connect space, and working on what the on-going committee tasks would and should be.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Membership and Engagement

Second Activity
We organized and held the First Annual Interest Group Chairs Town Hall via Zoom. We wanted to provide a mechanism for the committee to share information about ourselves, the annual IG Virtual Week event, as well as available materials and tools to assist the IGs (e.g, IG Chairs Handbook, Google Drive and Connect space, etc). We also wanted to allow IG Chairs time to ask questions, as well solicit ideas on how we could better support their groups and work.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Membership and Engagement

Third Activity
We created and documented a workflow for putting out leadership calls when IGs no longer have assigned leadership. This should assist ALA Core staff, as well as provide outreach on behalf of the IG.

We will need to create and document the process of recommending that an IG be dissolved due to a lack of leadership or deliverables/activities. We made two such recommendations already, but we need to document the process.
Meets Core’s strategic goals for Advocacy and EDI, Membership and Engagement

What will your group be working on for the next 6 months?
We will be working on the following:

Creating documentation for dissolving IGs
Working with ALA Core staff on IG Virtual Week in March
Selecting a chair for the July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023 year

Is there anything Core could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Core and ALA Core staff have been wonderful. Everyone has been responsive and helpful.

Submitted by Susan Martin on 01/13/2022