As your ALSC President, I’m enjoying getting ready for Annual Conference by reading ALSC Committee Reports! No joking: it is exciting and humbling to see all of work so many of you are doing, everyday, while keeping your library doors open. Thanks to those who’ve accepted committee assignments to begin in July. As I posted in April, I am wowed by the number of great volunteers, which outweigh slots. ALSC is in good shape! Slots do arise throughout the year, and later this summer I’ll start looking at committees whose terms start in January (all of the award and media evaluation committees, as well as the Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, Children & Libraries Editorial Advisory, and Distinguished Service Award committees.) If you previously submitted the online volunteer form for any of these, I will be getting to it; if you have not yet, now through July is a good time to submit your volunteer form. Exploring…
This week I am in DC, being a a tourist after participating in National Library Legislative Day earlier in the week. After a day of briefings and orientations Monday, five-hundred librarians took to Capitol Hill Tuesday to make sure that our elected officials understand how Libraries Transform, and that they have what they need to save the IMLS. Many colleagues worked in teams by state to meet with representatives; I joined Andrew Medlar, Aimee Strittmatter, Angela Hubbard, and other Division Presidents and staff to meet with staff from the House Education & Workforce Committee, the Senate HELP Committee, and Appropriations Committee staff. We even met with Agriculture Committee staff, to talk and strategize about free lunch at the library.
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.