(a variant cross posted on http://www.kraftylibrairan.com/?p=2603) I am thinking more and more about my Presidential priorities. Now the current President elect (soon to be President at end of MLA '14) Linda Walton has not officially announced her priorities, so I know I am very early in the process. But I want to get a head start because I think it will take me time to refine them. Here is a very unofficial rough timeline of the Presidential priorities. *President Elect year - Attend MLA Board meetings to get familiar with current issues happening within MLA. Work with the rest of the Board to help the current President and with his/her priorities. Start thinking of and create my own Presidential priorities and present them to the Board. *Presidential year - Present the priorities to the membership and create task forces or have committees assigned to help achieve the priorities. *Past Presidential year - The priorities work from the task forces, committees, etc. either wind down or evolve. With the help of the rest of the Board, work with the task forces or committees as they wind down or evolve. In a nutshell I have one year to think of my priorities, one year to get them started and see them to their completion or evolution. In reality not every Presidential priority is able to finish in that timeline. It would be difficult and unwise to abandon unfinished priorities from previous Presidents. Some priorities can be finished within a year, but others require several years to finish, or evolve into regular, ongoing MLA activities (committee charges, HQ staff assignments, etc.) While I am looking at my predecessors' Presidential priorities I want to also take into account the MLA membership's thoughts on what my priorities should be. I am asking MLA members to think about what my Presidential priorities should be as they relate to MLA's mission. http://www.mlanet.org/about/mission.html **Please keep in mind, I will also be helping to finish previous Presidential priorities AND don't forget the time crunch I mentioned about really only having 1 year to see them through to the finish or have them progressing to evolve in an ongoing activity. I am looking for meaningful but reasonably doable. If it is something that is long range or multi layered, it won't get completed. But that doesn't mean it can't be something that lays the foundation for something long range and multi layered that can run on its own (such as a committee) long after my term. Rome was not built in a day. My ultimate goal, independent of any priority, is to help others and inspire them to be active and work to better MLA and medical librarianship. I think of it a bit like this.... One snow flake is small and easily melts by itself, but when it is packed in a snowball with other snow flakes as it rolls down a hill, it becomes a stronger force to be dealt with. I cannot do it alone. Please respond to me off list. Thanks, Michelle ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------ Michelle Kraft, MLS, AHIP Senior Medical Librarian Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library 9500 Euclid Ave. NA 30 Cleveland, OH 44195 (216) 445-7338 [log in to unmask] =================================== Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the top hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report (2013). Visit us online at http://www.clevelandclinic.org for a complete listing of our services, staff and locations. Confidentiality Note: This message is intended for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and destroy the material in its entirety, whether electronic or hard copy. Thank you.