ALA Annual Conference 2023

Getting Work Done with the ALSC Board at #alaac23

Every year at annual conference, the full ALSC Board meets in person to conduct a variety of business. These are open meetings that any member may attend, unless the Board moves into executive session. Today’s meeting was full of discussion and decision items. Curious about what we talked about? Here are some highlights: Sibert 25th Anniversary The Robert F. Sibert Informational Medal will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2026. While that may seem like years away, budget realities mean that we start these discussions early. The Board voted to create a task force that will support celebrations around this award. Diversifying Revenue Streams Task Force Updates Fiscal responsibility is part of the overall health of ALSC as an organization. The Diversifying Revenue Streams Task Force has done much work over the past year. Today, their final report brought recommendations and information to the Board. The Board discussed their findings and…

ALA Annual Conference 2023

ALSC Executive Board at #alaac23

Did you know that meetings of the ALSC Executive Board are open to all members? Guests are welcome to attend, unless the Board moves into executive session. As a Board member, I regularly attend meetings of the full Board (which are also open to guests), but being a guest at the Executive Board meetings gives me more details and background about our organization and leadership. Attending these meetings is a great way for members to learn more about ALSC governance. If you’re curious, join us to see first-hand this work in action. As a Board member, I love hearing from members to know their questions, concerns, and priorities. It helps us make informed decisions that best guide the strategic direction of the organization.

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We need YOUR input for the next ALSC Strategic Plan

The ALSC Board of Directors is beginning the process of updating our strategic plan, and we need your input! A strong strategic plan is rooted in the needs of the community it’s meant to serve. In the case of ALSC, that means we need the input of folks who serve children through libraries. That definitely includes people who work directly with kids through age 14 in public and school libraries; but it also includes many other types of work that are part of the ecosystem of children and libraries–publishing, state libraries and consultants, and more. As a reader of the ALSC Blog, you probably are part of that ecosystem–and so we want to hear from you, whether or not you are currently an ALSC member. As an association, we strive to engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children. You can see that is our vision as part…

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2020 ALSC Strategic Plan: Your Board at Work!

In 2016 the ALSC Board of Directors began work on a new 2017-2020 Strategic Plan.  As many of you know, Strategic Plans are generally for 5 years, but ALSC decided that a 3 year plan gave our organization the opportunity to review, refresh and revise in a shorter time frame.  This is not to say that we haven’t been doing this during the 3 year period – we have! The Strategic Plan is not a document we put together and put away; it’s a living document. A Strategic Plan Implementation Progress Report is written four times a year, updating the Board and membership where we are in achieving our goals.