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Making a Connection: How Serving on a Process Committee Helped Me Get Through a Global Pandemic

I know that everyone is always interested in what it’s like to serve on the Newbery or Caldecott or other selection committees. I’ve served on the Newbery Committee and it is certainly an amazing experience. But don’t discount the strong connections you can make serving on process committees. 

As we’ve made our way through our second spring of the pandemic, I’ve been reflecting on how much the ALSC Membership Committee meant to me this time last year. When the world was imploding and we were having to rethink every service, having a virtual network of librarians is one thing that helped me cope. And not the least of that was my connection with the folks serving alongside me on the ALSC Membership Committee. 

I had been serving on the ALSC Membership Committee for about six months when shutdown started and our committee meeting was one of my first opportunities to connect with librarians outside of my immediate area. We commiserated, shared what was happening in our libraries, and reminded each other to give ourselves grace. That time is such a blur when I look back at it now, but I remember being comforted and supported by my fellow committee members. 

That is what I would wish for anyone involved in ALSC. If nothing else, ALSC should be a resource for connection. As my term on the ALSC Membership Committee rolls to a close, I know that I will never forget the wonderful people I have worked with over these months. 

If you are interested in getting involved in ALSC, mark your calendar for the ALSC Virtual Open House on Monday, June 21 at 1pm PT/4pm ET where representatives from many ALSC Committees will be hosting breakout rooms to discuss the work their committees do and answer questions.

Photo by Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson is the Collection Development Leader at the Floyd County Library in New Albany, IN. She’s currently in her second year serving on the ALSC Membership Committee.

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

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