Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Developing as ALSC Leaders

ALSC’s 2019 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is looking forward to seeing many of you at the virtual Community Forum next Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 12pm CST as we share the myriad opportunities and roads to ALSC leadership. It’s a strategic goal of our association to actively develop new generations of leaders by building a discernible pathway, along with opportunities for training and mentorship, to develop members as leaders in their libraries, the profession, and the association. And this is something we can all do together!

During the Forum, we’ll explore the WHY, WHAT, and HOW of being a leader within ALSC.

WHY: Why would you be interested in being involved as an ALSC leader in the first place? Well, we have some ideas to share on how serving our profession this way can help you meet your own goals, whether those include career advancement, personal growth, having fun, or (very possibly) all three. And we’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences, too!

WHAT: We’ll also have a conversation about what positive impact ALSC leadership can have on affecting change within our association, our profession, and our communities. What role can you as an ALSC leader have on our vital EDI and other strategic work?

HOW: Vice President/President-Elect Cecilia McGowan said in this month’s ALSC Matters! That “Being a member on a committee, virtual or in-person, is the best way to develop the leadership skills our division needs to ensure we continue to be a vital, exciting, and substantive organization that supports passionate librarians serving children, families, and caregivers inside and outside the walls of libraries.” The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is here to support you in doing just that (you can even get started right now by submitting the online volunteer form) and we’ll also discuss what barriers to participation exist and how we can work together to remove them.

Please bring your ideas, concerns, questions, and enthusiasm to next week’s #ALSCForum. For as Marshall Goldsmith, a bestselling author of leadership books, has said “One of the most important actions, things a leader can do, is to lead by example. If you want everyone else to be passionate, committed, dedicated, and motivated, you go first!”


Andrew Medlar (@ammlib) is the Director of BookOps for New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library, and currently serves as chair of the ALSC Nominating and Leadership Development Committee.


This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: Professionalism and Professional Development.

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