In this regular feature, we profile ALSC Board members. We hope to offer information about the people who work to guide the organization so that you can feel more comfortable in reaching out to them with your concerns, questions, or comments. To continue this series, we invite you to meet 2019-20 ALSC Board Fiscal Officer, Amber Creger.
Why did you join ALSC? How long have you been a member?
I think I’ve been an ALSC member for fourteen years. I know I joined when I got my first official youth librarian position at Chicago Public Library. For me I didn’t really question which division I needed to join, ALSC was an obvious choice. Youth library workers are always the life of the party. But all kidding aside, ALSC has always felt like home. Over the years, I’ve met so many awesome members that have inspired me to be a better advocate, hone my leadership skills, and take risks. This community helped me become the youth librarian I am and I will always be thankful for that.
Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?
Yes, I do belong to other ALA divisions, because I’m a joiner, who likes to be in all the things. I’m also a member of YALSA, PLA, GameRT, and IFRT.
What strengths do you bring to the ALSC Board of Directors?
I bring my sense of eternal optimism and can-do-spirit. There’s no challenge too daunting that can’t be solved, through hard work and collaboration. As a Department Director I have lots of experience developing and executing a youth centered vision for the library. This vision was not created in a vacuum; both the staff and the community were involved in its formation. Through open dialogue, agility, and flexibility this vision remains relevant and ever changing. This is the approach I bring to the ALSC board. I’m always looking for ways to lift our members’ voices and help ALSC be as impactful as possible.
What have you learned while serving on the Board?
I’ve only been serving a few months now, but I’ve learned ALSC leaders are committed and dedicated to the organization. Decisions are not taken lightly and every action brought before the board is viewed from multiple perspectives and thoroughly reviewed before voted on. I really respect how thoughtful everyone is and I’m excited to see what the next few years have in store.
ALSC members should reach out to me if . . .
They have any questions about the financial aspects of ALSC and ALA. There are a lot of moving parts to this organization and I can help connect the dots. Honestly, members can contact me about anything ALSC related regardless if it’s finance related or not, and I will help them find an answer.
As a side note, I have a few other obsessions that I can talk about all day and they include: large-scale art installations, our National Parks, and Prince.
This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: Administrative and Management Skills