Administrative and Management Skills

Memoirs of a Process Committee Member: How ALSC Has Helped Me Strengthen Skills

As I try to write my final blog post as a member of the Membership Committee, I have found myself reflecting quite a bit about my two years with this fun and engaging process committee. I recall getting my committee appointment from past president Cecilia McGowan and the excitement of being appointed to my first ALSC committee. I had been involved in ALSC as part of the Peer Mentoring Program in 2016 and served as an Emerging Leader in 2018 but committee work was different. I also had a vague understanding of what serving on Membership would be like and the reality far exceeded my expectations. Here of some highlights of skills I got to strengthen while being a part of this fantastic committee. 

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Renee Grassi: 2021-22 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

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.

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Amy Koester: 2021-22 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

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.

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COVID Trauma Anniversary: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

It’s March. Again. After the most surreal year most (all?) of us have ever experienced. Time for our collective COVID trauma anniversary. It’s okay if you’re not okay right now. And just remember that your colleagues, vendors, and patrons may not be okay right now either. And even if you’ve been doing okay, there may be some new or old emotions welling up again. I want to share some resources that may help.

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Virtual Giving Campaigns

Libraries big and small need the support of their communities. In pre-COVID times, fundraising could run the gamut from a book sale to a large Gala with a keynote author. This is yet another area where libraries have had to pivot to the “new normal”.  Cindy Sharek, Director of Donor Relations for the King County Library System Foundation, shares how they’ve adapted.  How are you using Virtual Campaigns?  The KCLS Foundation participates every year in three giving days.  Library Giving Day (April 23) GiveBig (May 5-6) Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) In 2020, these were even more important to our fundraising for the year. All three were virtual and we had great results. We used email campaigns, social media posts, and direct mail to spread the word. We were able to put together a strong match pool for Library Giving Day and raised over $110,000 between GiveBig and Library Giving Day….

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How to look ahead…

We are in a historical moment. A pandemic. We can’t do what we have always done, and maybe that’s a good thing. I hope that our systems, our peers, and ourselves take a second or eighth look at what we have always done and see the potential to do more or rediscover what we could do. As numbers increase across the country, and more uncertainty looms with the flu season upon us, it’s getting kind of hard to go work. Even if you love it. And so many of us really do. This is a difficult time to work in the public, and it’s a difficult time to manage those who do. Psst. I don’t actually have any answers. I keep going because it’s my job, and I want to serve my community and support my staff. So, to go on… I practice safety at work. I wash my hands…

Administrative and Management Skills

A Blog Post About ALSC Budget – No seriously! Read it!

I’ve been a member of the Association of Library Service to Children for over fifteen years.  Well, I think; since they stopped sending out membership cards, I can’t keep track.  However long it’s been – it was at least a decade before the question of money ever occurred to me:  Is ALSC solvent?  Does it have money?  Who pays for all the ribbon tags people wear at conference?  On the great range between Donald and Scrooge, where does this organization actually fall?   I asked these questions for the first time a few years ago because I had just joined the Budget Committee, and suddenly the idea of finances was front-and-center in my committee work.  It was a two year appointment, and after bouncing around ALSC for a few years, I’m back once again.  Yes, it really is that much fun!  No, that’s not sarcasm.  I’m here again, aren’t I?   The…