To promote and coordinate the work of the STS Liaisons to different professional groups with which STS has established formal and informal relationships and to provide information sharing within the Section that may lead to collaboration and exchange. Liaisons will be chosen by the two committee co-chairs; if there are multiple candidates for a position, a third member, who is not currently acting as an STS liaison, will assist in the decision.
Each liaison is expected to serve for a two-year term, attend the assigned organization’s annual conference, and prepare an informal report on what was discussed. This report can be in a standard Word or PDF document, or can be presented via an online session hosted by the STS Liaisons Committee.
Examples of past documents referenced below (letters to liaisons, calls for liaisons, etc.) are in the ALA Connect site documents library for the STS Liaisons Committee. They are also in a Google Drive folder that is passed on between Co-Chairs. Also in the ALA Connect site documents library is an FAQ on the STS Liaisons Committee - this FAQ is open to all ALA members to view once they are logged into ALA Connect..
Hosting Committee Meetings - Annual Activity - January, June and usually a couple other times in the year
The Chair or Co-Chairs schedule and publicize information about online committee meetings for committee work. Depending on need, usually 2 meetings are held: one in January (Mid Winter) and one in June (Annual).
These meetings are all held online through the use of one of the Chair / Co-Chair / member's institutional online meeting applications (such as Zoom, WebEx, etc.)
Recruiting Liaisons - Annual Activity - January-June:
Liaison positions are usually 2-year terms. Every spring, the STS Liaisons Committee recruits new liaisons for those positions that will expire on July 31 of the year. To do so:
(Note: there are a couple special liaison roles: AAAS, IFLA, and March for Science that are ACRL or ALA level liaisons. STS Liaisons committee often helps with these. See the FAQ for some information on these.)
Maintaining STS Liaisons Committee web pages and ALA Connect materials - Annual Activity - all year as needed:
Connecting with STS Liaisons and Maintaining the STS Liaisons Reports Archive - Annual Activity - Quarterly
Spring Online Liaisons Forum - Annual Activity - Sept-June:
Organizing the online forum is another important activity of the Committee. It involves inviting liaisons to speak at the Forum, selecting a topic or theme that will be of interest to the STS community, and coordinating with ALA.
ACRL Annual Plan for Excellence Report - due in late June / early July:
May-July: Each year the Chair/Co-Chair of the committee puts together a report of activities (brief) related to the ACRL Plan for Excellence, ideally shares it ahead of time with the full committee for feedback, and then submits it to ACRL via a Google Form that is sent to the Chair/Co-Chairs.
Future Responsibility: Social Media Workflow:
Some Committee members have been interested in creating a social media workflow, such as featuring a monthly tweet / post of some type from STS liaisons, or some other type of ongoing brief reporting. This is still under discussion by the committee, but is a potential role for one or more committee members in the future.