Strategic Plan

Every two years, the Strategic Planning Committee of the Computer Services SIS refines the previous strategic plan for the Computer Services SIS. The plan is intended to address the interests, needs, and talents of members of the section. It is presented for discussion and adoption for the year it is under review at the CS-SIS business meeting at the AALL Annual Meeting.

  • 2015 - 2017 Strategic Plan

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries is:

    • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and knowledge concerning information technology related technology among law librarians and
    • To serve a leadership role in the ongoing professional development of law librarians as they evaluate, implement, and use new forms of technology at their institutions and organizations.


    Become a leading source for continuing education opportunities for librarians and library staff that work with and have an interest in technology.


    In the 2011 CS-SIS Recruitment Survey, most of the respondents had attended CS-SIS educational programs and indicated that CS-SIS programs online and at AALL were important to them. Because of the strong desire and support for education, this goal has been addressed first. Respondents were most interested in receiving information about new technology and technology tips from CS-SIS. Respondents indicated they would be more motivated to be involved in CS-SIS if there were more online education opportunities such as the Web 2.0 Challenge. Respondents of both surveys indicated a desire for more educational opportunities such as the Web 2.0 Challenge and for opportunities that were offered year-round. Respondents indicated that the types of information they were most interested in receiving through CS-SIS were technology tips and information about new technology. There was tension in both surveys between the need for advanced education as well as outreach to less technically sophisticated users.

    Goal II: Communication, Engagement & Outreach


    Actively engage members, both virtually and in person, throughout the year. The Board and Recruitment should review suggestions made throughout the year to determine which, if any, are viable.


    From the CS-SIS Recruitment Survey, it was apparent that members liked to keep current with CS-SIS through a variety of formats. One size did not fit all. Also, many respondents expressed a desire for regional and local face-to-face meetings. Respondents to the 2011 CS-SIS Executive Board / Committee Leader Survey also expressed a desire to improve communication with the AALL regional chapter meetings. This can be expanded to non-AALL meetings such as CALI and SLA.

    Goal III: Succession Planning


    The Committee recommends that CS-SIS formalize succession planning to preserve SIS memory and to keep up momentum for long-term projects.


    Board and Chair membership change from year to year. It is easy to lose momentum and important information about regular and long term projects. Even basic succession planning would help with preserving SIS memory.

    Goal IV: Year-Long Project

    A larger project that CS plans or implements throughout the year would help to keep members engaged from the time one AALL meeting ends to the time the next begins. The tension here, of course, is that projects like these can take more time and resources than CS members may be able to contribute. Possible projects might include:

    • Host a MOOC teaching library technologies
    • Host a regular podcast focusing on library technologies.
    • Host a “Technology Summit” at the AALL Annual Meeting.
    • Work with CALI to create discrete lessons focusing on librarian and student technology skills.

    Goal V: Board and Chair Governance


    To provide more structure to the work of the Executive Board and SIS projects; and, to provide more leadership and guidance to the Committee chairs in regard to Committee projects and goals.


    To help keep SIS work going throughout the AALL year so it is not all done in a flurry in May- July. This goal will also help succession planning goal with increased sharing of information on a more consistent basis.

    Implementation Plan

    Year 1

    Stand-alone projects

    • Propose and schedule regular CS Board & Committee Chair meetings. Create ongoing agenda from year to year. [Chair] Implemented 2015-2016, ongoing in 2016-2017.
    • Assign each Board member to be a liaison to each committee to report on their behalf; create an ongoing agenda to be used from year to year. [Chair] Implemented 2015- 2016, ongoing in 2016-2017.
    • Launch Vice-chair project – The Vice Chair chooses one of the larger projects to manage in their incoming year to continue as Chair with help from new VC, suggestion: educational programming or outreach to other SISs. [Chair and Vice Chair] Implemented 2015-2016, the Vice Chair proposed a webinar to AALL. Unfortunately, the webinar was not selected. A new project will be selected by the incoming Vice Chair in 2016-2017.
    • Establish a working group, or assign to a committee, to create a plan for warehousing resources for self-directed learning. Not implemented in 2015-2016, ongoing in 2016-2017.
    • Design a plan for succession documents
      • Committee chairs provide documentation on current procedures. Four committees provided documentation in 2015, have requested documentation from all committee chairs in 2016.
      • Executive Board contributes process documentation. Implemented 2015-2016. A CS-SIS Executive Board Google account was established and documentation was deposited there for the Board to use. Review of documentation will be ongoing in 2016-2017.

    On-going projects

    • Feature regular posts on the CS blog such as technology tips and product reviews. Promote posts using services such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and AALL My Communities discussion. Creating a blog committee in 2016-2017 to focus solely on the blog.
    • Host at least 1 webinar or other education event; webinars could be follow-ups from the posts to CS’s web presence. Implemented 2015-2016 by the Education Committee, ongoing in 2016-2017. The webinar “Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services” was held on July 7, 2016 and archived on The webinar was moderated by Education Committee Chair Kris Turner and the speakers were Beverly Butula and John Cannon.
    • Leverage services such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, AALL My Communities discussion (e-mail), CS-SIS Blog, and CS-SIS wiki to improve communication and actively engage members. Automate / integrate social media communications. Partially implemented 2015-2016, ongoing in 2016-2017.
    • Promote a week-long discussion via AALL My Communities (e-mail) on a hot topic. Not implemented 2015-2016, ongoing in 2016-2017.
    • Continue offering and participating in events like Bloggers Get Together / Tweet-Up, Karaoke with Ken, joint reception event with TS, RIPS, and OBS. Implemented 2015-2016 with Alphabet Soup reception and Karaoke with Ken on the schedule in 2016. Continue in 2016-2017.

    Year 2

    Stand-alone projects

    • Evaluate frequency of Board meetings and consider changing bylaws to reflect recommendation. [Ownership – Chair]
    • Change by-laws to require Past-Chair provides documentation of dates/times and details of role of the Chair that is not already reflected in the existing documentation. [Ownership – Past Chair and Bylaws Committee]
    • Finalize plan for succession documents [Ownership – Past Chair]
    • Create outreach plan [Ownership – Recruitment & Involvement Committee]

    Continue ongoing projects.

    Year 3

    Stand-alone projects

    • Implement outreach plan [Ownership – Recruitment & Involvement Committee]
    • Plan for digitization of non-digital succession documents [Ownership – Past Chair]

    Continue ongoing projects.

  • 2011 - 2012 Strategic Plan

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries is:

    To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and knowledge concerning information technology related technology among law librarians and

    To serve a leadership role in the ongoing professional development of law librarians as they evaluate, implement, and use new forms of technology at their institutions and organizations.

    Strategic Direction I: Strategic Planning

    CS-SIS will develop a strategic plan that reflects the desires and needs of the section through active and ongoing engagement with the CS SIS Membership (the “Membership”).


    • The Executive Board will charge the Strategic Planning Committee to investigate and draft a detailed strategic plan during the 2011-2012 program planning year.
      • The Strategic Planning Committee will implement feedback measures to solicit the Membership’s input. Feedback measures may include but are not limited to using established outlets such as the AALL Annual Meeting, CS SIS blog, and Law Librarian Conversations podcast, online surveys, virtual town halls, and regional chapter meetings.
    • The new Strategic Plan will address the future direction of the CS SIS for the next three years as provided for in the CS SIS By-laws.

    Strategic Direction II: Archive of CS Data

    CS SIS will establish procedures to collect and preserve the historical record of the CS SIS.


    • The Executive Board will designate a working group or task force dedicated to collecting and preserving the historical record of the CS SIS.
      • As part of its responsibilities, this group will recommend to the Executive Board whether a Standing Committee should be created to support this Strategic Direction.
    • The designated group will solicit members for documents created during CS SIS activities and operations that are distributed amongst the membership for deposit into an historical repository held by the CS SIS.
    • The designated group will employ standard archive procedures to inventory, organize, identify conservation/preservation issues, and draft an action plan to digitize and make this material accessible to the CS SIS.

    Strategic Direction III: Education

    CS-SIS Program Planning Committee will propose educational sessions that meet the advanced and basic educational needs of the Membership.


    • Identify educational needs of CS SIS Members
      • Educational needs of the Membership can be identified through tools such as online surveys distributed prior to the AALL annual meeting, throughout the year through the CS SIS blog and wiki, and at the program planning meeting held at the CALI annual conference and the AALL annual meeting.
    • Promote beginning and advanced level educational programs for CS SIS members that reflect the needs of the Membership
      • at traditional environments such as the AALL Annual Meeting and through the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee, and
      • in remote environments through web conferencing

    Strategic Direction IV: Outreach and Advocacy

    CS-SIS will be recognized as a leading advocate and expert in the area of technology.


    • Be an active voice within AALL to provide emerging technology platforms for AALL member use.
      • The Program Planning Committee will establish nontraditional methods to engage the AALL membership at large through initiatives such as the Cool Tools Café, unconference events, and continued support for alternative nonAMPC educational programs at the AALL Annual Meeting and throughout the year.
    • Investigate emerging technologies and publish reviews in CS SIS news outlets
      • The Publications Committee is responsible for selecting at least twelve topics, including product reviews, for members to write about on the CS blog/web site on a monthly basis. Potential authors will include Grant recipients and others identified by the Recruitment and Involvement Committee.
    • Promote CS-SIS activities and resources
      • The Publications Committee will actively market all CS SIS programming through its blog, wiki and list serv outlets.
      • Record all CS SIS programs and make them available through the CS SIS web site

    Strategic Direction V: Strengthen Membership and Leadership

    CS-SIS will sustain a vibrant membership and encourage leadership among its members.


    • Facilitate networking opportunities between members and nonmembers through social events and educational programming
      • CS SIS will continue to support the AALL annual joint reception event with TS SIS, RIPS SIS, and OBS SIS
        • Ensure that new members attend the joint reception and encourage established CS SIS members to invite and accompany them
      • CS SIS Program Planning Committee will seek other AALL SIS and committee programming partners when appropriate
    • Encourage involvement with mentoring opportunities within AALL and CS SIS
      • CS SIS Recruitment and Involvement Committee will ensure continued and highly visible representation at annual CONELL events
      • Continue to support grants for new and experienced law librarians for attendance at the AALL Annual Meeting and other professional development opportunities
      • The Recruitment and Involvement Committee will work with the CS SIS Secretary in identifying new CS SIS members
        • to encourage participation in the Membership early in their careers, and
        • assign new members

    Members of the Strategic Planning Committee 2010-2011:
    Victoria Szymczak (chair)
    Approved July 26, 2011