General

I suggest you ...

You've used all your votes and won't be able to post a new idea, but you can still search and comment on existing ideas.

There are two ways to get more votes:

  • When an admin closes an idea you've voted on, you'll get your votes back from that idea.
  • You can remove your votes from an open idea you support.
  • To see ideas you have already voted on, select the "My feedback" filter and select "My open ideas".
(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  1. Make it easier to be a virtual committee member

    Participating in committees is a great way for young members to get involved in ALA and make connections, but most committees require that you travel to both Annual and Midwinter conferences every year. Those travel costs can be prohibitive. All librarians - not just young ones - should have the option to participate in committees virtually, without attending conferences.

    140 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)
      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    • Seek out ways to reduce membership costs through dual membership

      Explore ways for ALA to partner with state and regional chapters for discounted dual membership, heightening the value of membership and streamlining the dues process. Currently about 19 states participate for students and 7 for support staff, and we might consider looking into a similar model for Trustee members.

      96 votes
      Vote
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)
        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
      • Work to reduce mismatch between labor market supply and demand for new LIS grads

        There's a huge oversupply of new ALA-accredited master's degree holders compared to the number of available jobs in the profession. ALA needs to work with library schools to ensure students can find paying jobs upon graduation and weed out the weakest applicants who are unlikely to be able to find paying work.

        93 votes
        Vote
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)
          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          1 comment  ·  Admin →
        • Add "young member" position(s) on Council

          Add "young member" position(s) on council, ideally 3-5 reserved for librarians under a certain age or years in ALA.

          90 votes
          Vote
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)
            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
          • Create new ways to engage first-time attendees at conferences

            Examine what happens when someone checks the "First Time Attendee" box when registering for a conference - what 'bonuses' does this get for them?

            65 votes
            Vote
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)
              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
            • Create Council mentoring program

              Have current Council members start mentoring and grooming new candidates. They have several opportunities from NMRT, Spectrum Scholars, ARL, etc.

              63 votes
              Vote
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)
                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
              • Create regional ALA meetings

                By creating smaller, regional ALA meetings, younger librarians that are lacking funding and hurting under student loan debt, would be able to attend meetings. ALA and other regional member groups like SLA, MLA etc. should take it upon themselves to cooperate and engage and aid new and young librarians.

                57 votes
                Vote
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                • Reduce costs for LIS students

                  Advocate that all divisions/round tables/interest groups to offer student membership discounts.

                  37 votes
                  Vote
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                  • Gather info about all association activities for young librarians in one location

                    Put together a matrix to outline what divisions/round tables are doing for young librarians to use as a comparison tool. A spreadsheet format would be more useful than straight text.

                    34 votes
                    Vote
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                    • Connect with library schools and student chapters

                      Conduct routine assessment on what LIS schools or student chapters need from ALA.

                      29 votes
                      Vote
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                      • 27 votes
                        Vote
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                        • Nominate more young librarians for elected positions

                          Encourage the ALA elections nominating committee to continue to take certain factors (such as region, years of experience) into consideration when they select candidates.

                          27 votes
                          Vote
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                          • Learn more about how young librarians experience ALA conferences

                            Create a survey to ask young librarians about their most valuable conference experiences, as well as their use of the conference program.

                            23 votes
                            Vote
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)
                              You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                            • Expand student membership discounts

                              Expand student membership discounts to cover new grads (newly hired or non-salaried) for a longer period of time.

                              23 votes
                              Vote
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)
                                You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                              • Connect LIS students to ALA leadership

                                Create face-to-face opportunities for LIS students to meet ALA Presidents and/or officials. Such as "coffee break with ALA President xxx" at xxx LIS schools.

                                18 votes
                                Vote
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)
                                  You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                • Create more virtual spaces to spotlight students and recent graduates

                                  For divisions/round tables/interest groups that have their own publications, such as journals, newsletters, websites, etc, encourage them to create a space to showcase students and recent graduates in these publications. That way 1) the divisions/round tables/interest groups can help promote the students and recent graduates in the professional world, and (2) enhance the relationship between the divisions/round tables/interest groups and attract more students and recent grads to join.

                                  18 votes
                                  Vote
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)
                                    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                  • 17 votes
                                    Vote
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)
                                      You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                    • Create paperless membership option

                                      Investigate if members could opt-in to a paperless membership on a renewal form or new member registration form, including communicating this information to American Libraries.

                                      17 votes
                                      Vote
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)
                                        You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                      • Change the conference system by adding more flexibility and unconference type sessions

                                        The current conference system seems closed, and inflexible. Make the system more open, and make plans to have unconference type sessions throughout so that new ideas can be brought forth easily.

                                        12 votes
                                        Vote
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)
                                          You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                        • Reward student chapters

                                          Spotlight student chapters on ALA website or ALA publications. Offer complimentary membership to chapter leaders (e.g. presidents) to encourage LIS students to get involved with ALA.

                                          12 votes
                                          Vote
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)
                                            You have left! (?) (thinking…)
                                          ← Previous 1
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          General

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base