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Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI): Committees

The consortial and professional development work of ALI is done by a variety of volunteer committees, each of which is described below. Librarians working at ALI member institutions who are interested in participating in ALI committees should contact the committee chair to inquire about membership rules, requirements, and potential openings.

Affordable Learning Committee

Chair: Amanda Hurford (PALNI)

The charge of the Affordable Learning Committee is to provide the communication structure needed to build awareness and share resources about alternatives to traditional course materials, such as open educational resources (OER) and library-licensed content, among ALI members; to facilitate educational opportunities about techniques and best practices for implementation, focusing on the library’s role; and to research and recommend further collaboration-based opportunities to the Board. 

Communications Committee

Co-Chairs: Charla Gilbert (Vincennes University) and Vicki Bloom (Indiana University South Bend)

The Communications Committee is charged to analyze and recommend communication outlets and strategies for keeping members informed of ALI's activities, initiatives, and opportunities for involvement, including the on boarding of new directors and library employees; to oversee, organize, and monitor the ALI website, which includes maintaining and updating general ALI information and the underlying software platform; to solicit and coordinate the submission and archiving of documents, both internal and external, related to ALI; to determine how best to manage shared ALI documents and information; and to foster communication between ALI members, the Board, and its committees.

Resource Advisory Committee (RAC)

Chair: Melissa Gustafson (Indiana State University)

The ALI Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is charged to determine options (models) for the process of identifying an expanded set of online resources to license, and models for short and long term funding to make recommendations for establishing expertise on licensing terms and legal aspects, as well as negotiation strategies, to give consideration to the issues of authentication and digital archiving for these resources as appropriate, and to provide an estimated budget and an assessment of the broader impact on strategies for legislative funding, such as issues related to the public good.

Scholarly Communication Committee

Chair: Stephen Craig Finlay (Indiana University South Bend)

The Scholarly Communication Committee's charge is to serve as a focal point for exploring scholarly communication issues, to discuss new opportunities that would further facilitate collaboration and adoption of best practices among ALI members, and to recommend courses of action to the Board. Develop and implement Board and member-approved opportunities.

Assessment Committee

Co-Chairs: Suzanne Rice (Ball State University) and Suzanne Hinnefeld (Saint Mary's College)

The ALI Assessment Committee provides a forum for identifying assessment models, research strategies, and identify techniques for assessing effective use of library space, collections, and services. The committee represents to ALI the academic librarians’ findings, concerns, and interest in library assessment.

Information Literacy Committee (ILC)

Chair: Lisa Jarrell (Ball State University)

The Information Literacy Committee is charged to serve as a focal point for exploring information literacy issues, to discuss new opportunities that would further facilitate collaboration and adoption of best practices among ALI members, and to recommend courses of action to the Board. Develop and implement Board and member-approved opportunities. 

Resource Sharing Committee

Chair: Meg Atwater-Singer (University of Evansville)

The Resource Sharing Committee's charge is to Identify and analyze resource sharing models, innovations, trends, and strategies; to recommend policies and promote best practices that expand the resource sharing capacity of ALI libraries; and to maintain deep collaboration with the Indiana State Library in the organization of a statewide resource-sharing conference and participate in the evaluation of systems and technologies to facilitate discovery and remote circulation of materials

Shared Collections Committee

Co-Chairs: Tina Baich (IUPUI ) and Sherri Michaels (Indiana University, Bloomington)

The Charge of the ALI Shared Collections Committee is to assess the current state of shared collections in Indiana; investigate and develop strategies for lightweight and sustainable statewide collaborations in the area of shared collections; liaise and collaborate with regional and national shared print initiatives; develop a communications plan for explaining and promoting shared collections efforts within the state; and work with other ALI Committees to develop overarching strategies around collections.