The first few weeks of the New Year are re-energizing and refreshing. Like the first page of a new book, New Year’s Day feels crisp and pristine, and is filled with the anticipation of great things to come. As ALSC President, it is my hope that this year brings with it positive change and advancement in the work of transforming ALSC, transforming Children’s Librarianship, and transforming communities through libraries. Change comes only through active participation, and at ALSC it specially comes in the form of greater opportunities to serve on Process and/or Awards Committees. Active committee participants become the driving voice of change within ALSC. ALSC is a volunteer-powered organization. Our strength and our organizational effectiveness is dependent on member engagement. Together, we are able to consolidate expertise and share resources. For many ALSC members, committee participation has historically been prohibitive due to lack of financial backing from their institutions. …
Among the primary benefits of being an ALSC member have always been the opportunities to network and get involved in the work of our organizations. However, lately, those opportunities have taken on even greater importance. The recent rise of book challenges and censorship in communities across the country is a call to youth services librarians to come together as we stand up in defense of the freedom of children across our nation to access diverse books and information that represent the richness of humanity and against blatant attempts to erase our history and diversity.
Even though I live in Florida, where leaves never change and temperatures hardly ever drop, I love the fall season. Decorations are up in libraries everywhere, highlighting tones of oranges and brown. Scarecrows, cornucopias, and haystacks announce the arrival of the harvest time. After a year of planting so many seeds of innovation, and much improvisation, everyday life is now starting to stabilize, and also library services and programs. As we enter the last quarter of the year, ALSC continues to explore new ways of fulfilling its mission while seizing the moment to renovate and innovate its structure and processes.
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.
September arrived, and with it, the haste of the new school year! Students are back in the classrooms; and at our libraries. After a long hiatus from the rush of in-person/on-site programming and services, how ready are we to welcome them back?
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.