I am now a good portion of the way through appointing volunteers to ALSC process committees, for terms that begin following Annual conference. Here’s what I’m learning, and what it may mean for you:
I am working through your ALSC Committee Volunteer Forms to make appointments for the process committees, and have been so grateful to all of you who’ve volunteered your time. But being appointed to a committee is not the only way to step into a leadership role in ALSC. Consider serving on the ALSC Board of Directors
At ALA Midwinter, the YALSA Board adopted an important position paper on The Library’s Role in Protecting Teen’s Privacy. In a recent online board meeting, the ALSC Board of Directors formally endorsed this paper, pledging to work with existing ALSC committees to communicate to our members and other youth services library staff the knowledge and strategies to uphold the rights to privacy of those we serve.
The date and site for the highly-anticipated third convening of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color was announced at the JCLC reception at Midwinter recently: it will take place September 26-30 2018 in Albuquerque NM.
January is a great time to submit your committee volunteer form In February, as your Vice-President/President-Elect, I will start working on appointments to the “process committees”: not the media evaluation (Priority Group II) or award (Priority Group V) committee , but more or less everything else. So January is a great month to submit your online committee volunteer form, which I introduced last month. Tell Me More! Please share details in your open-ended questions about skills, experience and knowledge you will bring to your committee work, and your specific interests in serving, especially if you have preferences among the the committees you’ve checked off. Also take a moment to complete your profile in ALA Connect. It is a helpful place to share work and education history. Reapplying, and the process Appointments take some time to fill and replacement slots do open year round due to resignations or other conflicts….
I’m thrilled to announce that ALSC’s committee volunteer form is now online. We are transitioning to ALA’s online committee form, which, while not highly customizable, will allow you to share more thorough open-ended responses. Just log in and use the drop down menu to select ALSC. I will start making appointments to process committees later in January (for appointments that begin following Annual Conference 2017), so now is a great time to think about volunteering.
It has been a tumultuous week for all of us who work to create a better future for children through libraries. We know, from the responses to the Unity. Kindness. Peace. booklist shared last week that you are stepping up to support your community in the face of violence witnessed or enacted, and in response to fear, trauma, and confusion. And we know that we as librarians, and as ALSC, have much more to do. Our work as an organization must firmly defend the rights of all children and forge paths to equity for marginalized communities.
Welcome to my Office Do you have questions about how you can contribute to ALSC, or which committee you should volunteer for?