*Updated timeline and plan as of April 2020*

Moving ALA Forward Together: The reimagining ALA process

June/July 2020

  • The final report of the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness will be presented to ALA Council and the Forward Together Working Group will take over facilitation of the session with ALA Council.
  • ALA Council will vote on the proposed course of action as outlined here

June 2020 to December 2020

  • In preparation for a large-scale “Constitutional Convention”, virtually, ALA Council will discuss and vote on the various components of Forward Together as well as proposed amendments as identified by the Forward Together Working Group and ALA Council.

January 2021 Midwinter – Indianapolis

  • The amended Forward Together governance model will be presented for a final debate during a Constitutional Convention style event. Further amendments may be added during this event. This event will include ALA Councilors and additional stakeholders within the association. The details and process for the Constitutional Convention are still being discussed and will be led by the Forward Together Working Group in collaboration with ALA Parliamentarian Eli Mina.
  • A final vote on the model at the conceptual level will be taken by ALA Council.
  • The report from the Forward Together Fiscal Analysis Working Group will be presented to Council.

March 2021

  • Preliminary new bylaws will be drafted in the fall/winter based on Council conversations and published in March reflecting the new governance structure. 
  • The proposed new governance structure and the proposed new Bylaws to match it will be made available via ALA’s website for ALA Council and ALA Members to review. These will be posted in March 2021 to ready Council for voting.

April 2021

  • First Council Vote on the New ALA Bylaws: The proposed new ALA Bylaws, reflecting the original Forward Together proposal and amendments made to it to accommodate Council’s input, will be presented for debate, final amendments, and the first official vote, as required by the current ALA Constitution.

Annual Session 2021

  • Second Council Vote on the New ALA Bylaws

Special ballot to members July 2021

  • An Online Vote by ALA Membership on the New Bylaws: The new ALA Bylaws, having been approved by two consecutive votes of the ALA Council, will be presented to the ALA Membership for an online vote as part of a special July 2021 ballot.

Sept 2021

  • Implementation Begins


Previous Timeline

Appointment of SCOE by ALA President Jim Neal (New Orleans)June 2018
Remodeling Summit (Chicago)October 2018
Initial ideas presentations to members (Seattle)January 2019
Virtual ideas presentation to membersFebruary 2019
Executive Committee Meeting, meetings with ALA staff (Chicago)March 23, 2019
4 virtual input sessions with specific member groupsApril 2019
SCOE review and developing preliminary recommendations (Chicago)May 7-8 2019
Meetings with ALA staff (Chicago)May 20, 2019
Presentation of preliminary recommendations to members (Washington, DC)June 2019
Virtual presentation of preliminary recommendations to membersJuly 8 & July 19, 2019
Meetings with ALA staff (Washington, DC)July 15, 2019
Fiscal analysis by working group, integration of chapters and affiliatesJuly – September 2019
Development of recommendations (Chicago)September 2019
Presentation of recommendations to Executive BoardOctober 2019
Release of Forward Together to membersNovember 2019
Constitution & Bylaws Committee and Committee on Organizations AnalysesNovember 2019 – April 2020
Introduction of new ALA executive directorJanuary 2020
Presentations to members virtually and at Midwinter Meeting (Philadelphia)January 2020
Constitution & Bylaws Committee and Committee on Organizations Analyses presented to the Executive Board April 2020
New member group transitions work of Forward Together from SCOESpring 2020
Additional timeline goals established and shared with membersSummer 2020
Possible Council vote on some Constitution & Bylaws and Policy changes as determined by new member groupJanuary 2021