Administrative and Management Skills

One Last Thing Before I Go

May 3rd will be my last day at the Boston Public Library before moving to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  I’m sad to leave Boston and my patrons, but am excited for my family’s new adventure! As I’ve been finishing my time at my branch, I’ve tried to take steps that will help my Branch Librarian and whomever my replacement is.  Since at some point, we all leave our jobs, I thought I would share some things I’ve done, that may help you get the ball rolling.  I should also share that this shouldn’t necessarily be done in a vacuum.  If you are comfortable communicating with them, ask your Branch Librarian what would be helpful to them.  I also included the Head of Youth Services in this conversation. Compile a list of performers, community partners, outreach sites, and schools you have worked with.  Share their contact information, the cost of the program…

Administrative and Management Skills

The (Mis)Conceptions of Serving on the ALSC Budget Committee

When I tell people I am serving on the ALSC Budget Committee (my two-year term ends June 2019), they often respond with a “whoa” or “yikes” and say “that must be taxing.” I have to admit that when former Budget committee member Carolyn Phelan approached me about serving, visions of calculators, enormous spreadsheets, and perplexing figures that do not add up filled my brain. What if I messed up one of the ledgers? What if I botched the balance sheets?

Administrative and Management Skills

Christine Caputo: 2019-20 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts this morning and this afternoon consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2019-20 Vice President/President-Elect, Kirby McCurtis and Christine Caputo. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This afternoon’s interview is with Christine Caputo.

Administrative and Management Skills

Kirby McCurtis: 2019-20 ALSC Vice President/President Elect Candidate

In an effort to help ALSC members make an informed decision before they vote, the blog posts this morning and this afternoon consist of interviews with the candidates for ALSC 2019-20 Vice President/President-Elect, Kirby McCurtis and Christine Caputo. Each candidate was given ten questions and submitted written answers. This morning’s interview is with Kirby McCurtis. 1. What do you consider the most important role of the ALSC President? To me, the most important role of the ALSC president is to provide bold vision and leadership. The president must be receptive to the needs of members, library staff, and the children we serve. Leveraging our diversity, and being ever mindful of inclusion, the President should work collaboratively with the Board, Executive Director, and membership to ensure we are working toward the core values, vision statement, and directions as laid out in the Strategic Plan. 2. What skills & strengths would you…

Administrative and Management Skills

Keeping ALSC Committees Strong

You Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter poster

As one of the Priority Group Consultants (PGC) for ALSC committees, I often focus on how we can keep our ALSC committees strong, fresh, and moving forward.  That’s the essential job of each of ALSC’s seven PGCs.  We work closely with committee chairs/co-chairs (between 3-20 ALSC committees/task forces each) to support, advise, help navigate, problem solve, keep abreast of their ongoing work and keep lines of communication open between them and ALSC leadership. Whew.

Administrative and Management Skills

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…