Strategic Plan

PALA Strategic Goals

The following motion was approved by the Polish American Librarians Association Executive Board, September 2015:

Moved that the Polish American Librarians Association focus its energy and resources on networking and career development through four primary activity areas:

  • Planning and conducting the Annual Meeting and participating in other national, state, and international conferences, and in other networking forums.
  • Improving communication and resource sharing with members through the PALA Mine quarterly newsletter, the PALA website, and survey and evaluation forms.
  • Recruiting and retaining members through the efficient and effective use and maintenance of the email mailing list.
  • Partnering with and supporting the efforts of libraries, library associations, and other related organizations.

Be it also moved that PALA streamline its bylaws and structure, reassign responsibilities to board positions, and consider all initiatives and proposals within the framework of the activity areas listed above. And be it further moved that the board of directors revisit PALA’s goals, bylaws, and operating structure annually.


PALA Strategic Plan 2011-2012

Mission Statement

The mission of the Polish American
Librarians Association is to positively impact services provided to
library patrons of Polish descent and individuals interested in Polish

Vision Statement

  1. To enhance professional
    knowledge by developing forums for discussion and networks of communication
    among library staff working with Polish collections and patrons of Polish
  2. To promote understanding
    and respect among all cultures by expanding the means to access reliable,
    current information about Polish and Polish-American culture.
  3. To promote Polish
    American librarianship.
  4. To provide opportunities
    for cooperation with other library associations.
    1. Utilize online social
      networking tools (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google groups etc)
    1. Establish and maintain
      PALA listserv.
    1. Use PALA website
      to develop a bank of reliable, motivating information regarding:
      1. Polish bestsellers
      2. Bibliographies on
        topics of interest
      3. Polish collections
        in American libraries
      4. Successful outreach
        and programming events
      5. Signage
      6. Contact list of
        Polish American librarians and their areas of expertise
      7. Speakers bureau.
    1. Provide support
      in library job search.
  1. Promote PALA
    1. Deliver information
      about PALA to Illinois libraries
    2. Deliver information
      about PALA to libraries across the nation
    3. Develop relationships
      with other Polish American organizations
    4. Maintain a close
      cooperation with Stowarzyszenie Bibliotekarzy Polskich.
  1. Promote Polish American
    librarianship among prospective library science students:

    1. Establish cooperation
      with Polish American student organizations
    2. Pursue resources
      and fund at least one scholarship for Polish Americans pursuing a degree
      in library science.
  1. Promote Polish literature
    and culture.

    1. Promote Polish and
      Polish American authors
    2. Promote Polish culture.
  1. Promote library
    services among Polish Americans.
  1. Committees:
    1. Bylaws
    2. Finance
    3. Website
    4. Membership and Recruitment
    5. Publicity and Program.
  2. Regional Chapters.
  3. Forums/Sections
    1. Academic Libraries
    2. Public Libraries
    3. Special Libraries.
  1. Become affiliated
    with the American Library Association.
  2. Establish a PALA
    presence at library local, national, and international conferences (ILA,
    Reaching Forward, ALA, PLA, IFLA etc).
  3. Publish in American
    and Polish media.