One of the challenges of leading an association is maintaining connections with members. Back in the “olden days,” ALSC presidents were limited to in-person interactions, phone calls, and paper. No more!
I’m delighted to have so many ways to be in touch with our ALSC members. Just as libraries are alert to offering diverse nonprint options for people who don’t enjoy reading printed pages, so ALSC is expanding our avenues for sharing information.
In the coming months, you will see invigorated social media connections between members and ALSC leadership. Regular ALSC blog posts, Facebook posts, tweets, ALA Connect discussions, and live chats will keep you informed and involved. Of course, we’ll also still be using good old-fashioned email, phone calls, newsletters, Children and Libraries, and actual face-to-face conversation!
Here, at present, is my communications plan:
Blog: look for my posts on the first Sunday of every month
Facebook: posts as I have something to say
Twitter: tweets when I come across something interesting to share
ALA Connect discussions: look for a discussion opening in the next month
Live chats: quarterly live, online interactive sessions with the board addressing ALSC topics and member questions
If information is power, then shared information makes us all powerful and more able to create a better future for children through libraries. Looking forward to connecting with you again soon!