NAAL has two types of committees, administrative and program. Administrative committee membership is comprised of NAAL deans and directors; program committees are comprised of member library employees. Appointments are for one fiscal year, except for chair-elects, who serve two years, moving into the position of chair in the second year. Committees are advised to meet at least quarterly.
The Planning committee evaluates progress of NAAL and recommends future activities for NAAL. It sponsors the annual Planning Retreat and receives and reviews committee reports and recommendations, or other issues and activities, prior to the retreat to prepare the Annual Plan for consideration by the Executive Council. It may also respond to requests by the Advisory Council, Executive Council, or NAAL chairman to prepare appropriate recommendations or reports.
The Budget Committee prepares recommendations for expenditures from funds appropriated to or otherwise received by NAAL, monitors the budget throughout the year, and recommends any budget changes needed during the year. In addition, the committee prepares the budget request for the subsequent year. Upon approval by NAAL, the budget request is forwarded to the ACHE Executive Director. The chairman of the Budget Committee also serves as Treasurer for the NAAL Contingency Fund.
The Membership Committee receives and reviews all applications or nominations for membership and forwards recommendations for action to the Advisory Council. The committee reviews annually the roster of existing NAAL membership to ascertain whether the general and cooperative members continue to meet qualifications for their membership category and remain members in good standing. In the event of a negative finding, the committee reports this fact to the Advisory Council, together with the reason, for consideration of the Advisory Council.
The Nominating Committee annually prepares a slate for election to the NAAL Executive Council. If vacancies occur at other times during the year, the committee nominates candidates for these vacancies.
CONTINUING EDUCATION COMMITTEE
The Continuing Education Committee’s charge derives from NAAL’s annual plan, which states: “NAAL will coordinate training opportunities as needed to assure that library staff and other information users attain the knowledge and skills necessary to support effective and efficient use of online and other relevant information.” In practice, the committee promotes and develops continuing professional education and staff development initiatives for all NAAL programs.
Chair: Karlie Johnson
DIGITAL CONTENT COMMITTEE
NAAL is committed to promoting digital innovation and supporting the creation of opportunities for high-quality digital content development amongst its members. The Digital Content Committee oversees NAAL’s digital content programs. Previous projects have included development of funding proposals for two National Leadership grants from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services that resulted in the creation of AlabamaMosaic and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network, as well as a partnership with the Alabama Historical Commission to implement a two-year planning grant under the IMLS Connecting Collections program to support the development of a statewide plan to improve the care of collections in cultural repositories. The Digital Content Committee keeps abreast of rules, standards, and developments in technology and policy that enable NAAL members to develop and sustain digital content in a manner that is consistent, efficient, and effective.
Chair: Dana Chandler
To market the activities and mission of NAAL. These activities can include but are not limited to newsletters, letters, flyers, emails, contests, surveys, and the website. This committee is tasked with annual review of the website and creation and monitoring of a listserv.
Chair: Becky Hyde
MARKETING SUBCOMMITTEE: TASK FORCE TO PROMOTE USE OF THE AVL
Established in FY2010 to develop a marketing strategy and materials to promote Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) databases to K-12 educators. Using ACRL Marketing Your Library methodologies, as well as current social networking and communication media, the target audiences for this marketing effort are 1) the faculty and students in Colleges of Education, and 2) Practicing K-12 teachers.
Chair: Lance Day
ONLINE CONTENT COMMITTEE
The Online Content Committee oversees NAAL’s Online Content Program. The Committee recommends policies, develops initiatives, and supports the analysis of potential acquisitions as well as recurring expenditures for licensed information resources. The Online Content Committee also advises the director of NAAL regarding the development and maintenance of tools, procedures, and best practices for managing information resource acquisitions by the NAAL consortium. The Online Content Committee works in a spirit that fulfills the mission of NAAL: to support advanced research by NAAL Member Institutions through expanding access to information resources, particularly those resources that are most relevant to advancing the scientific, medical and technical research initiatives of these Institutions and that contribute to the economic development of the State of Alabama.
Chair: Neil Foulger
RESOURCE SHARING COMMITTEE
The Resource Sharing Committee oversees the Resource Sharing Program, although traditional interlibrary loan activities have become routine. For several years, the Committee has monitored software to implement a statewide unmediated borrowing program to enable library users to place their own electronic borrowing requests and to be “walk-in” users of other NAAL libraries.
Chair: Gail Barton
ADPNET STEERING COMMITTEE
The ADPNet Steering Committee oversees and manages the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. The Steering Committee is responsible for recommending general ADPNet policy, reviewing and approving requests to join the Network, and reviewing and approving requests to increase ADPNet storage capacity.
ALABAMA MOSAIC USERS GROUP
The AlabamaMosaic Users Group encourages participation in AlabamaMosaic and provides updates about content, technology, or other issues. Contributors are often invited to share information about their digital collections. NAAL solicits suggestions to improve the program.
Chair: Christopher Loughnane