ALSC Board

Standing for Election: 2022-23 New-to-ALSC Board of Directors

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, this afternoon’s blog post consists of statements from the two candidates standing for election to the ALSC New-to-ALSC Board of Directors. In this position, there are two candidates: Emily Mroczek and Jaime Eastman; one to be elected.


ALSC New-to-ALSC Board of Directors

Jaime Eastman is standing for election as an ALSC New-to-ALSC Board of Directors candidate.

I’ve served ALSC since 2017, chairing the Children and Technology and Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committees.  I have more than 10 years’ experience in academic and public libraries of different sizes.  Currently, I’m a senior public services librarian and Family Place Libraries coordinator and have presented and published at state and national levels.

I’m not afraid to challenge my comfort zone and try new things.  I want to support and encourage others, empowering them to do the same.  I’m passionate about connecting members to opportunities and hearing all voices, regardless of library size, type, or budget.  I hope to continue ALSC’s great work in supporting, validating, and valuing the entirety of our diverse member experiences.

I’m honored to be considered alongside these dedicated professionals and excited for ALSC’s future.  If elected, I’ll bring my professional passion and varied experiences and a commitment to asking questions and digging deeper to ensure we have the needed information and perspectives for meaningful decisions.  We should provide value to our members, but also give them every opportunity to add their own value.  Equitable pathways for participation, considering all circumstances and reducing barriers, are essential as we move forward.

Jaime Eastman (Photo credit: Plano Public Library)

Emily Mroczek is standing for election as an ALSC New-to-ALSC Board of Directors candidate.

I’m honored to stand for election to the ALSC board, next to my colleague Jaime Eastman. I would love to give back to the organization that has done so much for my professional and personal growth. I have been a member of ALSC since I became a  librarian and am grateful for the experiences of serving on multiple ALSC Committees, contributing to the ALSC blog and being a benefactor of ALSC scholarships, grants and the mentoring program.

Children flourish in a community of positive and supportive adults and ALSC members are an integral part of that support group. I want to help our professional network to have access to the information, resources, and assistance they need to best serve their communities.

We produce better work  through constructive conversation and looking at multiple sides of every issue. It is important to not just act, but to listen (especially to marginalized and underrepresented populations). Then we can use ALSC’s resources to identify the cause of challenges and modify our work to make a positive impact. I’m willing to help, no matter the task, and am here to listen, learn and advocate for necessary changes.

Emily Mroczek (Photo credit: Dennis Pryber)

The 2022 ALA Election opens Monday, March 14th and closes April 6th. In addition to determining key leadership positions within ALSC, the ALSC ballot also will include two proposed bylaws amendments for member consideration. To learn more, please visit: https://bit.ly/alsc2022elections and Lucia Gonzalez’s blogpost, Change is in the Air!  Preparing for the 2022 ALA/ALSC Elections. And don’t forget to vote!

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