The first ALA Virtual Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, June 1st from 3:00 – 4:30pm CDT on the ALA ILINC webinar platform. All members are invited to participate in this online-only event featuring a discussion about e-books and the future of electronic access in libraries, a presentation by President Roberta Stevens on advocacy initiatives during the past year, and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels presenting on the “State of the Association” and progress implementing the ALA 2015 Strategic Plan. A special “Open Forum” time will allow participants to ask questions about any Association topics.
Please pre-register for this event at https://ala.ilinc.com/register/tzvwtkr. The Virtual Town Hall is designed to solicit ideas, comments and questions about the Association from members. Reports from the Task Force on Equitable Access to Electronic Content (EQUACC) co-chairs Michael Porter and Linda Crowe, and the OITP e-books Subcommittee Chair Bonnie Tijerina will also be posted in advance of their presentations for review and comment. Time will be reserved during each segment of the Town Hall for questions, comments and reactions to these reports and presentations by participants.
Questions and comments will be taken in advance via the Connect group at http://connect.ala.org/members and during the Town Hall by either voice or chat. The i-Linc platform supports participation by voice, but specific system requirements need to be met by participants. Information about system requirements will be provided when registration opens on April 27. Please note that all participants will have access to live chat for the Q&A sessions. I-Linc also supports a polling function that will allow participants to immediately respond to proposals and presentation. The Town Hall will be simultaneously captioned for participants on an open access website. An archive of the event will be available for streaming via the ALA website and Connect group within 2 days after the event.