WHAT | Texas Digital Library Users Groups, Working Groups, Committees, and Affinity Groups provide opportunities for member and community contributions focused on particular services, professional roles, and projects.
WHEN | A TDL member(s) may propose a group at any time.
WHERE | Since TDL members are distributed around the state of Texas, and our community can reach beyond, we use web conferencing to meet.
WHEN YOU’RE READY | Please read through the sections below then email email@example.com when you are ready to get started.
POLICY & LOGISTICS
Groups must be TDL member-led. In some cases, the group may include non-members.
TDL asks that for-profit organizations be excluded from groups.
Typically, member groups meet monthly via web conference for approximately one hour. An agenda is typically sent out to participants at least one week in advance.
Agenda items are determined by the group chair, vice-chair, group members, and TDL staff. Agendas can be flexible and in response to / anticipation of group needs.
Agendas can take the form of “lessons” / training, group projects, etc.
TDL highly recommends developing a group charter that includes a statement of purpose, governance, goals for the upcoming year, date of adoption, and schedule of review.
Typically the charter and goals are developed in collaboration with TDL staff and/or leadership, and are ratified by the group in the first or second meeting.
* We at TDL are always excited to encourage professional development and networking among our members and community, and we enjoy facilitating member groups. That being said, we also know that your group may not need or want to take advantage of our facilitation capabilities. Think of the following list as TDL “can” or “will,” depending on the needs of your group and capacity of our staff.
TDL staff member will act as a liaison / point of contact for your group.
This staff member will report out to TDL staff and leadership about your group’s activities and field requests between your group and our staff.
At least one TDL staff member will attend and represent TDL at group meetings.
Schedule the web conference link for meetings using Bluejeans.