At the ALSC Membership Meeting on the Monday morning of ALA Annual Conference, it was my pleasure to share with ALSC members in the room the first peek at the upcoming ALSC 2023-2026 Strategic Plan. (Get more Membership Meeting info in this great blog post recap from ALSC Board Member Jaime Eastman!) ALSC’s Areas of Strategic Focus Our plan is built around five areas that are both pillars of the work we do as an association as well as integral to how we do our work: ALSC’s Overarching Commitments These four commitments describe the type of association we are building. These commitments are always in progress–and it is imperative that all our work is guided by our commitments to being an association in which: ALSC’s 2023-2026 Strategic Initiatives This new plan includes six big strategic initiatives. While work on these initiatives will begin this year, these are big, chewy initiatives…
I can hardly believe that the ALA Annual 2023 Conference in Chicago is upon us! As I gather the things I’ll need for a long weekend full of learning, celebrations, and connecting with friends old and new, I’m keeping my energy and enthusiasm up with a particular playlist: the ALSC President’s Program 2023 Playlist!
Library work can feel really tough right now. There’s no single reason, but rather a whole slew of factors: many libraries are busier than ever, or at least busier than they have been in recent years; being fully funded and fully staffed often feels like the stuff of myths and legends; intellectual freedom is being threatened at unprecedented levels; and so many libraries are dealing with increases in mental health crises in their communities, which takes a toll on those in crisis as well as those around them (including library workers). There’s no doubt about it–times are tough.
I’ve found myself browsing through gardening guides and harvest cookbooks lately–that reading is inspired by my intention to spend more time outside and gardening this year. Springtime is full of such possibility as daffodils, crocuses, and other early flowers start to bloom, signaling the richness of what’s ahead. I’m also finding it invigorating to channel my gardening interest into thinking about my library work and to look at that work with fresh eyes–perhaps it’s the overlap of a “spring cleaning” mindset. I love a good reflection and goal-setting tool, so I am offering a reflective exercise that may be a useful way to take stock of what’s on your plate now, and what seeds it makes sense to start sowing to reap the benefits later.
Serving as the ALSC President for 2022-2023 has been a humbling experience in many ways, not the least of which is because every day I have reminders that it is the dedicated work and input of members–all volunteers!–that allows us to set, work toward, and accomplish our goals. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the ways in which members add their talents and voices to the whole–and I want to invite YOU to add your voice to the chorus as well!
If you, like me, are still riding high on the excitement of the 2023 Youth Media Awards announcements, there’s a good chance you’re feeling an urge to talk about these terrific titles with fellow kidlit enthusiasts. I’m delighted to share that you can now indulge your desire to talk about this year’s Newbery and Caldecott winners and honorees in the company of fellow library workers in an ALSC-led group. That’s right, you can participate in an upcoming ALSC YMA Book Club!
What’s on your calendar for the morning of Monday, January 30, 2023? If you don’t yet have it on your schedule, make sure to pencil in 8:00 a.m. Central Time that morning for one of the most exciting events of the year for children’s literature. That’s right–the 2023 Youth Media Awards Press Conference is coming! Each year, the winners of many of the oldest and most prestigious awards for literature for youth are announced at the event. The 2023 press conference will mark the first in-person announcement since January 2020–for attendees at the 2023 LibLearnX conference in New Orleans, you’ll be able to be in the room where the announcement happens and bask in the happy energy and celebration first hand! And if you can’t be there in person, fret not–the event is live-streamed globally. What awards will you hear announced during the Youth Media Awards Press Conference? This year,…
The ALSC Board is in the process of assessing and updating our current strategic plan, and there is still time to share your thoughts and reflections to inform our strategic direction over the next several years!