I’ve communicated with a few of you already, but I know folks might be curious about what’s happening in division governance right now, given actions that were passed by the Board in Denver, and the tragedy that we are all struggling to cope with.
ALSC’s first priority right now is to honor our lost colleagues, comfort one another, and make sure we all have the information we need about memorial arrangements, and we’ve been doing that. I can’t thank everyone enough for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy and honoring I’ve witnessed over the past couple of weeks.
Our second priority is to make sure the association’s governance continues as smoothly as possible. The ALSC Bylaws specify a clear process for filling a vacancy in the position of Vice President; the Board elects from among its members in the second or third year of Board service a person to assume the Vice Presidency, and then the Presidency in July. Please see ALSC Bylaw V.3 (available at http://www.ala.org/alsc; click on About ALSC–Governance–Bylaws.) for the complete text.
Next, we follow the process, also specified in the Bylaws, for filling the Board vacancy; it is a Presidential appointment.
Next, we will pick up again the regular business of the association: making plans for upcoming conferences, working to put Board actions from Midwinter 2009 into place. May I please ask for everyone’s patience as we move through these steps; we will work with the new VP and the Priority Group Consultants to make sure committee business stays on track.
Thank you, everyone!
Diane Foote, Executive Director
Association for Library Service to Children
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611