Steering PA Forward
PA Forward’s growth is guided by a Steering Committee that functions as the initiative’s board. Formed in March 2011 to work with PaLA staff to prepare for the project’s launch, the Steering Committee is charged with leading and sustaining the campaign over multiple years to ensure lasting improvements to all library services through engagement of the library community, partnership development, marketing, fundraising, and measuring impact.
Mary Garm, administrator of the Lackawanna County Library System and a past PaLA president, is the chair of the Steering Committee. "The committee is turning its attention to implementation – specifically, marketing and communication. Our guiding principles are: continuous assessment and reinvention; attention to impact; and evaluation of success,” Mary noted.
To better position PA Forward for growth and success in this new phase, PaLA recently revamped the initiative’s committee structure, establishing an Evaluation Committee to track PA Forward’s outcomes and impact over time, expanding the roles of the Development and Partnerships committees, and revising the role of the PR/Marketing Committee (a standing committee of the PaLA board). Functioning as Steering Committee subcommittees, these five teams are responsible for supporting and sustaining specific areas of PA Forward’s operations and growth:
Development Committee (David Belanger, chair) – Develops and implements strategies, policies, and procedures for gaining financial support from partner organizations, corporations, foundations, grant sources, libraries, library systems/APPLS, government entities, and individuals.
Evaluation Committee (Carrie Turner, chair) – Identifies short- and long-term desired outcomes, develops and implements processes and tools to measure impact, and analyzes and reports results.
Partnerships/New Resources Committee (Jonelle Darr, chair) – Strategizes partnership development, recruits and develops relationships with partner organizations, vets proposals from partners and other entities, and strategizes resolution of partnership issues.
PR/Marketing Committee (Michelle McIntyre, chair) – Strategizes internal and external marketing initiatives to achieve desired outcomes, develops strategies and tools to support library use of the PA Forward brand, and collects and distributes best practice models within the library community.
Website Committee (Rob Lesher, chair) – Strategizes development of the PA Forward website, provides oversight for web content, and maintains the site.
"We’re grateful for the commitment of these library leaders to guiding PA Forward’s growth,” said Glenn Miller. "We’re already benefiting from their vision, experience, passion, strategic thinking, and reputation in the library community as we build the project.”