Expanding our Horizons: Strategic Directions, 2011-2014

Our Vision:

By 2014, ALISE will be known as the international leader in Library and Information Science education with strong links to schools and faculty around the world. We will also engage with other organizations and scholars in cognate disciplines. ALISE will showcase innovative research, including the scholarship of teaching and learning, promote greater diversity and inclusion as a hallmark of membership, and build and communicate its strength through greater visibility and voice.

Our Mission:

ALISE promotes innovation and excellence in research, teaching, and service for educators and scholars in Library and Information Science and cognate disciplines internationally through leadership, collaboration, advocacy, and dissemination of research.

 

Our Strategic Directions:

Areas for Strategic Development

Strategic Direction 1: consolidating and expanding the membership base by positioning the Association as an organization of members

Strategic Direction 2: enhancing collaboration and extending ALISE membership to scholars in cognate disciplines and affiliated organizations, nationally and internationally

Core Strategic Areas (ongoing)

Strategic Direction 3: focusing on the scholarship of teaching and learning and the promotion of outstanding research

Strategic Direction 4: providing sound fiscal management, fostering administrative best practice, and advancing effective communication strategies for ALISE and its members

 

Strategic Direction 1:  consolidating and expanding the membership base by positioning the Association as an organization of members

1.1  Develop programs and communication tools that benefit members at every stage of the career cycle and level of appointment

1.1a  Organize regular conference sessions that target members at every stage of the career cycle and level of appointment

1.1b  Establish an ongoing mentoring program to connect doctoral students and new faculty with senior faculty and emeriti

1.1c  Customize web content for different member constituencies

1.1d  Showcase member accomplishments on the ALISE website

1.1e  Survey institutional members to identify member priorities for programming and services

1.2  Develop a plan for promoting greater diversity and inclusion within ALISE membership

1.3  Develop an advocacy policy that articulates the role and responsibilities of ALISE in supporting socio-political issues and activities of interest to members

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Strategic Direction 2: enhancing collaboration and extending ALISE membership to scholars in cognate disciplines and affiliated organizations

2.1  Develop an outreach plan identifying and targeting institutions and individuals engaged in research and teaching in cognate disciplines

2.1a  Plan conference sessions that focus on areas of common interest or concern for scholar and educators in LIS and cognate disciplines

2.1b  Explore possibilities for joint membership for institutions and individuals in associations representing cognate disciplines

2.1c  Explore opportunities for showcasing pedagogy and innovations in education in cognate disciplines in ALISE communications

2.2  Promote and advocate for ALISE through greater collaboration with affiliates, nationally and internationally

2.2a  Develop a network of national and international affiliates with formal member liaisons

2.2b  Explore possibilities for joint membership for institutions and individuals in national and international affiliates 

2.2c  Pursue opportunities for sponsoring, or engaging directly in joint programming with international affiliates 

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Strategic Direction 3: focusing on the scholarship of teaching and learning and the promotion of outstanding research

3.1  Expand ALISE programs and communication media to promote the scholarship of teaching and learning

3.1a  Provide opportunities for building leadership skills among ALISE members

3.1b  Plan ALISE conference sessions that focus on pedagogical innovation

3.1c  Support programs for differing modes of delivery of scholarship relating to teaching and learning 

3.2  Provide a greater range of opportunities to encourage and recognize outstanding research and scholarship in LIS

3.2a  Showcase members who have received external awards and/or funding through competitive grant applications for outstanding research and scholarship 

3.2b  Review ALISE’s current research awards, consider awards in new areas that advance ALISE’s strategic interests

3.2c  Identify and pursue opportunities for joint programs with international affiliates to showcase outstanding research and scholarship

3.2d  Plan regular ALISE conference sessions that focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary research

3.2e  Honor ALISE conference juried or SIG programs, panels, or workshops that exemplify both innovation and excellence in research and scholarship

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Strategic Direction 4:   providing sound fiscal management, fostering administrative best practice, and advancing effective communication strategies for ALISE and its members

4.1  Pursue an aggressive plan for the development of varied streams of revenue

4.1a  Use the ALISE Centennial Campaign to raise significant funds for the ALISE endowment

4.1b  Continue to pursue potential donors, sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers, including opportunities related to cognate disciplines and national and international affiliates

4.1c  Develop member task groups to apply for grants aligned with ALISE strategic directions including funding from federal, foundation, and international granting agencies

4.2  Continue to review, update, and foster administrative best practice     

4.2a  Review and revise regularly Association policies, procedures, and documentation

4.2b  Review regularly the services and support provided by the Executive Director and management firm to evaluate mutual compliance and value for money

4.2c  Review strategic directions and associated activities to identify and take action on those not yet achieved

4.2d  Review and evaluate all Association committees 

4.3  Develop and enforce statements of expectations and responsibilities for Board and member leadership positions

4.3a  Provide structured and useful leadership training sessions for school representatives, committee chairs, and the chair of council of deans/directors

4.3b  Develop and implement a formal plan for Board mentoring. 

4.4  Review the effectiveness of ALISE’s communication with its members

4.4a  Develop a formal and comprehensive plan to improve the Association website, with particular emphasis on member-only web content.

4.4b  Develop a formal plan for using social media to communicate with members and to promote ALISE objectives, activities, and events.

4.4c  Explore the feasibility, costs, available products, and opportunities for implementing conference management software to support submissions and the reviewing process for juried papers, juried programs and panels, and poster sessions. 

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