Greetings! Saludos! I’m Lucia Gonzalez, 2021-22 ALSC President, and I have a confession to make: I have never written a blog post. This is my very first post and I look forward to our future conversations about ALSC, children’s librarianship, or the world in general. I would like to dedicate my initial President’s blog post to the subject of engagement. The word engagement in Spanish is compromiso, such as when two people promise themselves to one another in the step before marriage. It also means commitment, undertaking, obligation, pledge and promise.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts today consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2021-22 Vice President/President-Elect, Amy Koester and Renee Grassi. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This afternoon’s interview is with Renee Grassi.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the morning and afternoon blog posts today consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2021-22 Vice President/President-Elect, Amy Koester and Renee Grassi. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This morning’s interview is with Amy Koester.
In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, this afternoon’s blog post consists of statements from the six candidates standing for election to the ALSC Board of Directors.
We have survived an exhausting year, one that I can barely remember and that will also never forget. You all have been amazing finding ways to connect to your communities and with each other and I just want to say thank you so much. It is with great pride that I stand as president of this division, and with six months remaining in my term, I am committed to ensuring ALSC remains inclusive, financially stable, and in tune with the needs of library professionals serving children everywhere.
My year as President has ended and I wanted to thank you all for your support of ALSC during our eventful year. I’m using this blog as an opportunity to wrap up our year and to thank key individuals who have made our important work possible.
Dear ALSC Members and Friends, I am writing to you today on behalf of the ALSC Board of Directors. Along with the ALA Executive Board, the ALSC Board endorses BCALA’s statement condemning increased violence and racism towards Black Americans and people of color and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, BCALA, and those working for racial justice and dismantling racial capitalism and white supremacy in all of its forms.
Dear ALSC Members and Friends, Welcome to May! We’ve all had some dark days in the past few months. I’m hoping life is getting better for all of you as some of us transition to open workplaces and businesses and some of us must wait for at least another month. No matter what, ALSC is here for you. May Community Forum: Impact of Covid-19 on the Library: Present and Future Speaking of opening up, the next ALSC Community Forum will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12 noon CST. Join fellow members and leaders for this upcoming Community Forum to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on your work and your libraries. What will library life look like once we reopen them? What do we need to consider in meeting the needs of our communities? Register now by logging into your ALA account. I hope to see you there!