In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, this morning’s blog post consists of statements from the six candidates standing for election to the ALSC Board of Directors.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts this morning and this afternoon consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2019-20 Vice President/President-Elect, Kirby McCurtis and Christine Caputo. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This afternoon’s interview is with Christine Caputo.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts this morning and this afternoon consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2019-20 Vice President/President-Elect, Kirby McCurtis and Christine Caputo. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This morning’s interview is with Kirby McCurtis. 1. What do you consider the most important role of the ALSC President? To me, the most important role of the ALSC president is to provide bold vision and leadership. The president must be receptive to the needs of members, library staff, and the children we serve. Leveraging our diversity, and being ever mindful of inclusion, the President should work collaboratively with the Board, Executive Director, and membership to ensure we are working toward the core values, vision statement, and directions as laid out in the Strategic Plan. 2. What skills & strengths would you…
In this regular feature, we profile ALSC Board members. We hope to offer information about the people who work to guide the organization so that you can feel more comfortable in reaching out to them with your concerns, questions, or comments. To continue this series, we invite you to meet ALSC Board member, Sujei Lugo. Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables? I’ve joined ALSC to connect with other youth library workers and learned about their projects, work and experiences. I got more involved with ALSC acting as REFORMA representative for different committees and working groups. I’m grateful for mentors like Oralia Garza de Cortés, Loida Garcia Febo, and Dr. Claudette S. McLinn for their words, support and guidance in navigating ALA and ALSC leadership spaces. In addition to ALSC, I’m also a member of REFORMA and the ALA International Relations Committee-Américas…
As always, today’s Youth Media Awards offered lots of excitement – as well as some surprises – for the many, many, many librarians in attendance and for the thousands of students, teachers, librarians and other interested children’s book lovers who watched the announcements about the winners via live stream.
The Youth Media Awards will be announced in less than an hour! We all will learn who has won the Coretta Scott King Awards, the (John) Newbery Award, the Caldecott Medal, and more. Who’s excited? I know I am!! If you want to know what people around North America selected in their Mock Elections leading up to these major announcements, check out https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2019-mock-election-results/.
I always try to attend the Leadership and ALSC session at ALA Conferences because I find it useful as both a networking tool and also as a way to expand my professional knowledge on topics relevant to children’s librarianship. Today’s meeting was no exception!
The American Library Association Midwinter Meetings begin today. Are you #alscleftbehind and unable to make it to Seattle? Are you wondering how you can keep up with all that’s going on? We’ve got you covered! Check the ALSC Blog for all kinds of information about what’s happening at ALA. You can also check in on Twitter; just track the hashtag #ALAMW19.