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  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
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    • 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
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      • 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
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        • 27 votes
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          • 17 votes
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            • 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
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              • 2 votes
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                • make Midwinter virtual-only.

                  Conference attendance is one of the ways we judge our colleagues' enthusiasm for and investment in ALA. Many librarians, especially newer ones, can't afford to attend two conferences a year. This could level the playing field a bit.

                  6 votes
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                  • 1 vote
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                    • 3 votes
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                      • Make ALA Annual smaller.

                        It's too spread out, thus too costly to get from place to place. It's also completely overwhelming for new members (I know an orientation is offered but I wonder how many take it?). Also, make sure it's held in an area that has affordable dining options.

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                        • 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
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                          • 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
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                            • 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
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                              • 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
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                                • Reduce costs for LIS students

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

                                  37 votes
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                                  • 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
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                                    • Connect with library schools and student chapters

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

                                      29 votes
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                                      • 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
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                                        • 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
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