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ACRL Board Manual 2020-2021

Board Manual for the ACRL Board of Directors.

1.2 SPOS

ACRL Strategic Planning and Orientation Session (SPOS)

In recent years, the Board holds a Strategic Planning and Orientation Session (SPOS). SPOS has been held for two and a half days in the fall (typically Wednesday afternoon through Friday).

The general purpose of SPOS is:

  • to continue orientation for newly elected Board members (Wednesday morning);
  • to provide an opportunity for the Board to discuss overall association goals, plans, and strategies for the next fiscal year; and to review progress in advancing the strategic plan (sometimes including the chairs/vice-chairs of the four goal-area committees and other relevant leaders in this meeting);
  • to consider "mega-issues" that the association and Board should be addressing/monitoring;
  • to provide an opportunity for informal communication among Board members in order to produce more effective and productive decisions; and
  • to build a sense of community among Board members.
2020 SPOS

SPOS 2020 was planned for one day in advance of the ACRL2021 Conference in Seattle as a cost containment measure. The conference is now virtual only.

2019 SPOS

SPOS 2019 was held in Chicago, IL, from October 23-25, 2019. The Board will be joined by the chairs of the ACRL EDI Committee and the chairs of the four goal-area committees (New Roles & Changing Landscapes, Research and Scholarly Environment, Student Learning and Information Literacy, and Value of Academic Libraries) for one and half days of SPOS. The full Board will meet on its own for the full day on Friday. Agenda topics include SCOE, ACRL finances, and EDI. The full SPOS agenda and packet will be posted on ALA Connect

2018 SPOS

The 2018 SPOS meeting focused on a discussion equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) with the Board, goal-area chairs, and Diversity Committee leadership. The Board and goal-area chairs held a discussion on reviewing the ACRL Plan for Excellence. The 2018 SPOS meeting was held October 10-12, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio, site of the ACRL 2019 Conference. The full agenda and document packet can be found on ALA Connect.