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!
Category: ALSC Bylaws
Blueprint for Change
Everyone knows that change is inevitable. Today, I’d like to focus on two types of change in relation to ALSC. First, the change that happens inadvertently as the result of a sudden unexpected series of events. And then, there is the other type of change, the one that is the outcome of a concerted plan. Both, when they concur in the same time period, can have a definitive and lasting effect in the life of an organization.
Electoral Process Efficiencies on the 2022 ALSC Ballot
The ALSC Board of Directors recently considered recommendations from the 2021 Nominating and Leadership Development Committee regarding Electoral Process Efficiencies. After considering the committee’s recommended changes to ALSC bylaws, the Board decided to bring the recommendation to ALSC members for a vote on the 2022 ballot. The exact language that will appear on the ballot, as well as pros and cons of the changes, are being developed and will be shared with members once they are confirmed. In the meantime, the Board wants members to have information to understand this forthcoming ballot item.
It Makes Sense!
I’m a children’s librarian at the Blue Ash Branch Library in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m also a husband and the father of two young children. I love my job and my family, and I love working in my library system and living in Cincinnati, but my family is on a pretty tight budget. Every month we put money aside for “Food Out” and “Fun” (we use the old cash in the envelope method). We clip coupons and we shop sales. At about this point you’re probably muttering to yourself, “Ummmm… TMI.” But I’m giving you a little background for a reason. When I heard that ALSC was looking at a dues increase for its members, I didn’t even bat an eye… despite my family’s tight budget. That’s because my ALSC membership is one of the biggest bargains around. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: the last time ALSC members saw…
2012 ALSC Election Results
Many thanks to all of the candidates who ran for division office this year. These folks put their time and talents up for the division and we thank them. Here are the results from the 2012 ALSC Elections: Vice-President/President-Elect Starr LaTronica, youth services/outreach manager, Four County Library System, Vestal, New York Board of Directors Rita Auerbach, New York Michael Santangelo, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Megan Schliesman, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison (one-year term, filling vacancy) Division Councilor Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library Caldecott Committee, 2014 Judy Freeman, Highland Park, N.J. Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, Dorr, Mich. Dennis Leloup, Avon (Ind.) Intermediate School East Leslie Molnar, North Royalton, Ohio Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore. Deborah Burns, Chicago Public Library Kathy Short, University of Arizona, Tucson Newbery Committee, 2014 John Schumacher, Brook Forest Elementary…
Scope of Attention Discussion: Clarification
Because there was also a discussion about our Scope of Attention on ALAConnect last fall, members are currently posting in two different places. I understand the confusion; to avoid it, let’s try to post in the place designated for the current discussion, “Member Discussion of the ALSC Scope of Attention Motion (October 2010).” It is located at http://connect.ala.org/node/114682. I want to thank our ALSC members who have participated in the 2010 discussion so far. We have over 4,000 members; if you haven’t joined the conversation yet, please consider sharing your thoughts. Julie Corsaro, ALSC President
Member Discussion of the ALSC Scope of Attention Motion
As previously stated in the ALSConnect newsletter and on the ALSC-L electronic discussion list and the ALSC blog, there will be an opportunity for our membership-at-large to discuss the ALSC Scope of Attention Motion. It will begin today on ALAConnect (http://connect.ala.org/node/114682) at 12:00 p.m. EST and continue for one month. The ALSC Board of Directors have agreed to bring this motion to the membership-at-large, who will vote on it in Spring 2011. If approved, this motion would replace the phrase “through the eighth grade of junior high school age” with “through and including age 13” in the following ALSC Bylaw phrase: “It [ALSC] is responsible for the evaluation and selection of book and non-book library materials and for the improvement of techniques of library service to children from preschool through the eighth grade of junior high school age, when such materials and techniques are intended for use in more than…