Public programming takes place in all types of libraries and by a range of librarians in various positions. Some libraries have a full programming budget and staff, while others make do with no budget and staff with various titles and other job duties. The one thing programming librarians (whether officially titled that or not) share is a passion to bring the best programming to their patrons and the belief that programming is an integral library service.
Although the Public Programs Office is a wonderful resource for programming librarians, there is currently no formal space in the ALA structure for members to contribute to the world of library public programming. With this in mind, the members of the Public and Cultural Programming Advisory Committee have decided to push forward with the establishment of a new ALA Member Interest Group, to be known as the Programming Librarian Interest Group. The first step of this process is to collect the signatures of one hundred ALA members on an ALA e-petition.
The Programming Librarian Interest Group’s mission statement is:
To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group will help librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provide a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group will also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.
If we can collect the necessary one hundred signatures, our petition will move on to the Committee on Organization for approval. If the MIG is established, membership will be open to all ALA members. We hope that you will join us in achieving our goal of establishing a member-driven forum for public programming within the ALA structure.