ALSC President's page
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries. The focus on excellence in library service to children, tweens, their families and caregivers can provide the catalyst to change young people’s lives as they strive to achieve their very best.
Together as professionals we are the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to young people which is comprised of children's and youth librarians, youth literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and others who are dedicated to better library services and resources for all children.!
It is my honor to serve this year as ALSC President, as we work together to move the association forward in meeting the goals and objectives of our strategic plan (http://www.ala.org/alsc/aboutalsc/stratplan), while focusing on our core values of collaboration, excellence, inclusiveness, innovation, integrity and respect, leadership and responsiveness.
This next year we will continue to strengthen our connections to communities by providing our ALSC membership with creative ideas that enhance children’s learning and reading experiences; encourage the use of innovative technologies and creative applications by library professionals and the families we serve; foster cutting-edge ways to learn, participate and network as advocates for children and develop mentoring arenas so that current, dedicated leaders can help our forthcoming professionals.
We will plan to continue to work on member communication, engagement and transparency through quarterly community forms, print and electronic publications and social network venues. Engagement to members through virtual committee work and continuing education endeavors will continue to offer new opportunities and new learning experiences. ALSC will offer a new webpage in the next year as a “go to” site for advocacy information. It will also be a site for members to share their community stories and to read the inspirational stories of others.
We will also enjoy the year-long celebration of the Caldecott Medal’s 75th anniversary with many special events and activities planned throughout a year that culminates with the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27-July 2, 2013. Check out the Caldecott 75th Anniversary site for more information.
ALSC will continue the tradition and commitment of building diverse communities of service and practice for children and their families through the library, in the home, out into the world and into the future. If you haven’t already, please join us as we work toward a future where libraries are recognized as vital to all children and the communities that support them.
ALSC President, 2012-2013