Monday, January 19, 2009

Candidate for ALA Council

I've decided to run for ALA council again, which means it's time to write my "Statement of Professional Concerns."

I'll admit that I'm a tad ambivalent about the whole thing myself. It's a pain to go to six days of conference twice a year, especially given that it's 70 degrees in San Francisco right now and I don't even have a winter coat to wear in Denver. Council can be frustrating, but I feel like there are more people saying things that make sense these days. The trouble is, their numbers are still small, and they can still use all the help they can get. So, my name goes in the hat once again.

What would you want someone to care about in their statement? How can I say something meaningful about technology, participation, risk, and change in 150 words or less?

Statement of Professional Concerns:

I am optimistic about the future of libraries and librarianship, yet I recognize that ALA must prepare for and anticipate a future that is marked by great changes. ALA members are embracing new modes of communication and participation, and as a result are developing new expectations for involvement in ALA. We as members have a responsibility to address these changing expectations, a responsibility that holds an inherent promise of the opportunity to become a more inclusive, dynamic organization.

As a member of Council, I will continue to advocate for students, recent graduates, early career librarians, and paraprofessionals. Our best chance for success lies in a future where we combine the fresh perspective of new professionals with the knowledge of veterans gained through years of experience.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My library is where all the awesome lives.