As ALSC members around the country prepare to travel to New Orleans for LibLearnX, or to tune into the Youth Media Awards virtually, we invite them all to attend the Winter ALSC Membership Gathering on Thursday, January 19th at 3:00 PM Eastern. Register Here
In September, I had the opportunity to attend Utah Library Association’s Annual Fall Workshop. During the keynote speech, given by Rebekah Cummings, a librarian at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, I found myself with tears streaming down my face. At one point during her talk she asked us to turn to our neighbor and state three things that inspire us. I struggled to come up with a single answer. The only reason why that I could come up with is the idea that I am simply burnt out.
In the spring of 2021, the Membership Committee undertook a project to intentionally recruit new ALSC members, specifically those who are paraprofessionals or students, and who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). In alignment with ALSC’s strategic objective of increasing the intentional recruitment and retention of a diverse membership while reducing barriers to participation, 10 BIPOC library students and 10 BIPOC paraprofessionals/library support staff members were selected to receive two year ALA and ALSC memberships, along with opportunities for meaningful engagement including: regular virtual meetings with other recipients, activities and discussions, mentorship, the opportunity to shadow committees, and more.
Landing your first job as a librarian can take longer than expected. Many MLIS graduates find themselves working multiple part-time positions in and outside of libraries as they doggedly apply for professional level positions. Here’s some good news! If you’re working as a paraprofessional or you’re still in library school, you don’t have to wait to start building your professional experience and making a meaningful impact through librarianship. Professional associations like ALSC offer a myriad of opportunities to participate in meaningful library work while building a stronger resume, discovering opportunities, and growing your network. Here are a few ways to engage in the library community and start your professional career on your own terms.
In anticipation of this year’s soon approaching ALSC Institute, the ALSC Membership Committee will be hosting a virtual gathering as an opportunity to meet and/or reconnect with others. All current and potential ALSC members are invited to attend our Virtual Fall Membership Gathering on Wednesday, September 21st at 11am PT / 12 pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET. The Membership Committee hopes to continue to provide an intentional and fun space for people to connect.
It’s finally September, and you know what that means: the ALSC Institute is this month! I joined ALSC as I finished graduate school in 2019, and then 2020 happened, so this will be my first Institute as a career librarian. There are so many aspects of the event I’m looking forward to, but since there’s still time to register if you haven’t yet, I thought I’d give you my top 3 reasons I’m excited for Institute this September.
Another year of ALSC membership lies before us. Now is a great time to reflect on our own experiences within the organization. How has our membership within ALSC changed our lives, and how can we leverage our own experiences in talking to our colleagues who might also benefit from ALSC membership? Whether you’re in a leadership position in your library trying to encourage your employees to pursue professional organization membership, or an ALSC-lover who wants to see more of your colleagues learning from the good work ALSC does, or an employee trying to convince your employer to cover your dues payments, here are three ways to share the benefits of ALSC professional membership with those around you.
This year’s ALA Annual Conference left my head spinning from what can accurately be described as a love fest for library workers. From an ALA exclusive open house at the Library of Congress to intimate conversations with new friends, my heart and mind were overflowing. Collaborations and contributions from library advocates across the country – many of whom are students, part-time library workers, or those working in fields complementary to librarianship – enriched the conference with a depth of knowledge and expertise. Read on for a few highlights and insights from fellow conference attendees.