ALSC Board Member Profile

Meet Your ALSC Board: 2022-2023 President Amy Koester

Monthly, we will profile current 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. This month, we invite you to meet the ALSC Board President for 2022-2023, Amy Koester. How did you first get involved with ALSC? While I joined ALSC while still in library school, I didn’t start to get involved until I was in my first professional role as a branch children’s librarian at a public library system in Missouri. I got started by connecting with other ALSC members online, going to ALSC events and sessions when I was able to attend a conference, and through an appointment to a virtual committee. I found that pacing to get involved really worked for me–I was able to contribute virtually throughout the year, and…

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Meet Your ALSC Board: Maggie Jacobs

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 2019-22 ALSC Board Member, Maggie Jacobs. I am a somewhat maverick member of the ALSC board in that I am not a librarian. I am a lawyer who had a career awakening in my 30s about my true vocation as an educator. And more specifically, an awakening to a deep sense of disillusionment and anger about the educational inequities in our country that belie the Horatio Alger story of yore that anyone who is hard working can climb their way up to the top. The idea of this country as an individualistic meritocracy is simply not true in today’s world…

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Meet Your ALSC Board: Kirby McCurtis

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 2019-20 ALSC Board Vice President/President Elect, Kirby McCurtis.

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Meet Your ALSC Board: Sujei Lugo

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…

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Meet Your ALSC Board – Julie Dietzel-Glair

In this monthly 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, Julie Dietzel-Glair. Why did you join ALSC? How long have you been a member? I joined ALSC in 2001 when I was pursuing my MLS. To be honest, I joined only because it seemed like the right thing to do. And now? I wish I could go back and thank my younger self. Joining and being active in ALSC has been one of the most important career decisions I’ve ever made. The networking, leadership, and educational opportunities have been exceptional. Conferences are a lot of hard work but also feel a bit like a vacation with the…