One of the things I loved about ALA’s Virtual Event today was that I saw and heard mention of some of our ALSC leaders!
We saw ALSC President-Elect, Kirby McCurtis, in conversation with Opening Session speaker, Misty Copeland! Wasn’t that a nice surprise?
I also briefly attended the Serving the Transgender Community: It’s More than Just Bathrooms! session where a panelist mentioned Immediate Past-President, Dr. Jamie Naidoo, and his work and training’s on serving LGBTQ+ families in the library. Here is a peer-reviewed Children & Libraries article by Jamie published in 2018.
I thought it was really powerful to see our ALSC leadership present in these conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
With a new service year coming up, I think this is a good time to remind ALSC members that our board meetings are open to all. We always post our schedules, links to register, and documents online (future dates are coming soon). These are a great opportunity for you to see and listen your board at work as they make decisions that impact your association. These are also just great opportunities to stay up to date on ALSC news and get to know your board through these discussions.
I’d also like to highlight ALSC’s strategic plan implementation progress reports, which are available for you to download. Remember, we have an updated strategic plan coming in September! You can check on the development of the new strategic plan by taking a browse through the May 28 online ALSC Board meeting documents.
Whether attending a conference session, reading a blog post/article, or attending a board meeting as an audience member, I hope you find ways (that work and are comfortable for you) to feel connected to ALSC leadership.
Elizabeth Serrano is ALSC’s Membership and Marketing Specialist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.