Courtney Young, Head Librarian and Professor of Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny campus, was inaugurated as president at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.
Her past activities include serving as a member of the ALA Executive Board (2009-2012) and ALA Councilor-at-large (2008-11, 2012-15), as well as the Awards Committee (2012-14), the Planning and Budget Assembly (2012-14) and the ALA-APA Fundraising Committee (2012-2013). She has also been a member of the ALA Resolutions Committee (2008-09) and the ALA Task Force on Electronic Member Participation (2007-09).
She has served as New Members Round Table (NMRT) president (2009-10), councilor (2005-08), Diversity Committee chair (2003-04) and Student Chapter of the Year Award chair (2004-05).
She was a Library Journal Mover Shaker in 2011.
Young received a B.A. in English from The College of Wooster (1996) and an MLS from Simmons College (1997).
In order to provide much-needed continuity at ALA, Courtney Young has elected to forego the creation of a new presidential initiative and will be taking ownership of currently active presidential initiatives.
She will continue her work with the Special Presidential Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and plans to collaborate with members “to improve our knowledge of and access to diversity materials from across the Association.” Young will also support a new Career Development Facilitator program from ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment.
Additionally, Courtney Young plans to provide resources to help the Association build a stronger and more consistent social media presence, “to help move us forward and create the opportunities we need as an Association of the 21st century.” She believes that social media provides ALA with “a means to go beyond mere communication and engage in transformative dialogue within the organization, among members, with other partners, and with the public.”