It’s taken me almost a decade in libraries but I think I’ve finally become a strategic plan junkie. I used to think they were all pomp but now I see how they really are a guidepost for the focus of an organization.
That being said, ALSC has a new 2023-2026 strategic plan that was unveiled at ALA! Woohoo! Our esteemed outgoing president Amy Koester detailed everything in her blog post, but here’s some highlights:
- The six strategic initiatives are: committees are culturally diverse, strong relationships with professional organizations, identifying and implementing strong communication practices across the association, a mentorship program that supports members across different career levels, strong cultural competency training and support, in particular related to media evaluation, and Every Child Learning to Read.
- This 2023-2026 ALSC Strategic Plan will officially take effect on September 1, 2023 (the start of the ALA and ALSC fiscal year)
Looking at this information, may seem like a lot- but Amy also did a great job at outlining concrete items that can be included in committee work plans.
Now to think about, how can YOU be a part of the strategic plan?
- Do you have connections in any partner organizations (state associations, library schools, or other organizations supporting students who will become part of the ecosystem of children and literacy)?
- Do you have any ideas on reducing barriers to our professional awards? (Bechtel Fellowship, Children’s Literature Lecture Award, Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant …)
- Do you have experience with any underserved groups? (Homeless, homeschooled, etc…)
- Do you know any diverse librarians (members or potential members) that belong in ALSC and could benefit from some of ALSC’s resources?
- Are there any trainings you attended that changed your life?
If you answered YES to any of those questions (and have the capacity), fill out a volunteer form and/or send an email to ALSC leadership to indicate your interest and where you feel you can contribute!