Dear ALSC Members and Friends,
Welcome to May! We’ve all had some dark days in the past few months. I’m hoping life is getting better for all of you as some of us transition to open workplaces and businesses and some of us must wait for at least another month. No matter what, ALSC is here for you.
May Community Forum: Impact of Covid-19 on the Library: Present and Future
Speaking of opening up, the next ALSC Community Forum will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12 noon CST. Join fellow members and leaders for this upcoming Community Forum to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on your work and your libraries. What will library life look like once we reopen them? What do we need to consider in meeting the needs of our communities? Register now by logging into your ALA account. I hope to see you there!
How Will ALSC Celebrate Our Awards?
Many of you have asked how we will celebrate our winner and honor recipients in light of the Annual Conference cancellation. At this time, it is our intent to collaborate with other ALA units and REFORMA to offer a virtual event in June to recognize our book and media award recipients. We are currently in the planning stage and will post more details as they become available. We hope to send something out very soon. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience.
Virtual Storytime Services Resource Guide
Last month I told you a little about this valuable coming soon guide and we are getting closer to launching the full guide. In the meantime, here are two sneak peek blog posts: Virtual Programming and Patron Privacy and Pausing to Talk About Copyright and Virtual Storytime. We will let you know once the guide is fully operational.
ALSC 2020 Strategic Plan
The Board is close to finalizing the draft sections of the Strategic Plan and will be discussing it at the next Board meeting on Thursday, May 28. In light of the changing library landscape over the last few months, the Board is examining our strategies to ensure we are focusing on the elements that are most critically important to our membership and our profession.
ALSC 2020 Election
Thank you to all of you who voted and made your voices heard in the ALSC election! We have a new Vice-President Elect, Lucia M. Gonzalez, Division Councilor Kimberly Patton, and three new Board members: Ariana Sani Hussain, Soraya Silverman-Montano and Meredith Steiner. Please join me in welcoming them to the Board! Their service year will begin July 1, 2020. Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert and Children’s Literature Legacy Committee election results were also announced. I wish to thank everyone who agreed to stand for election. We cannot continue our great work without you!
Finally, stay tuned for when ALSC will be holding their governance meetings, which will include the Board and Membership. We will be scheduling these to occur in the next several months. Please join us online for our meetings – we need your input! Additionally, staff are working to shift the planned educational content from Annual Conference into online courses and webinars. We are committed to offering quality professional development.
If you have time, please reach out and let me know how you are.
This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, III. Programming Skills, V. Outreach and Advocacy VI. Administrative and Management Skills and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.