ALA Annual Conference 2023

Connecting with ALSC Members at #alaac23

One of the highlights of Conference for me is the ALSC Membership meeting. It’s a space for members to come together and learn more about the direction and work of the Association. Not able to join us at Conference this year? Good news: Our work is member-driven and there are always opportunities for you to engage when you’re ready. Here are some opportunities highlighted from today’s membership meeting:

Share your love of ALSC with branded merchandise.

Check out the full selection available from the ALA Graphics Gift Shop. You can find everything from stickers to sweatshirts. I bought a sweatshirt after conference last year. I love how comfortable it is. In addition, it gives me an easy way to showcase the work that I love.

Download and share book lists.

Who doesn’t love a free list of recommended reads? Check out the book lists online to see recommendations from summer reading, Día, and more. Whether you’re looking for something to share at storytime or recommend to a patron, you’re sure to find great choices here.

Volunteer for a process committee.

There’s a lot of great work coming up in the next few years with the launch of the 2023-2026 ALSC Strategic Plan. I won’t share details here, but keep an eye out for outgoing president Amy Koester’s updates on the plan later this week. (It’s worth the wait, I promise.) See an opportunity that you’re particularly passionate about? Fill out a volunteer form! Please note, you’ll need to be signed into the website to access the form. If at first it doesn’t work, try again or try opening in a different browser. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Most process committee appointments happen in spring or early summer. Now is a great time to submit your interest form for those, as appointments are ongoing.
  • Most award committee appointments start around Labor Day and continue through autumn. Late summer is a great time to indicate your interest for those.
  • Committee vacancies occur throughout the year, so there’s always the possibility of a mid-year appointment. It’s never too late to express interest!
  • Volunteer forms stay on file, but it’s good to update yours regularly. Goals, interests, and capacities change, so having your most current information on files helps the appointing officer find the best match for you.

Attend a meeting.

Process committee meetings and Board meetings are open to all attendees. This is a great way to learn more about the work going on in ALSC, ask questions, and share your feedback. Many committees post about their upcoming meetings in the ALSC space on ALA Connect. Look for Board meetings to be posted there soon as well, but in the meantime, you can also find upcoming Board meetings on the ALSC website.

Submit a Board Action Request.

Do you have a great idea that you’d like to see ALSC pursue? Tell us about it! At each of our meetings, the Board considers action Board Action Requests that we’ve received from members or committees. This is a great way for you to think through the logistics of your request and how it might look if we implement it. If you’re not sure how to go about filling out the form, feel free to reach out to the Board for guidance, too. You can find a full list of Board members online as well.

How are you looking forward to engaging with ALSC this year?

Today’s guest contributor is Jaime Eastman (she/her/hers). Jaime is a senior Public Services Librarian and Family Place Coordinator at the Harrington Library, one of the Plano (Texas) Public Library locations. She’s currently serving as a member of the ALSC Board of Directors. This will be her second Annual Conference. She is looking forward to many things, including finalizing the strategic plan with the rest of the Board, seeing great educational sessions sponsored by ALSC, and connecting with members both in person and through the blog. Jaime is currently working on at least two ambitious cross stitch projects, dreaming of future travel plans, and reading far too many books at once. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be an author. Writing for the blog and publishing with Children and Libraries feel like a good start, and she regrets nothing about her adult decision to be a librarian doing storytimes who didn’t have to grow up too much.

Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

One comment

  1. Phyllis Van Orden

    Congratulations on the 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. I appreciate the community effort, the exchange of ideas, and all the other characteristics of a well developed, articulate, and realistic plan..

    It brought back memories of a less polished product of our mid-1980s efforts. One of my favorite memories of the start of that project was my President’s Meeting, which consisted of members having round table discussions about ALSC and its future. Each table had a spokesperson who reported to the total group. That led to a survey of all our members.

    ALSC members and staff continue to be fun to work with as we share our common dedication to library service to children.

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