Strittmatter new ALSC executive director

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications,

ALA Public Information Office

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For Immediate Release,

April 7, 2009

The American Library Association (ALA) has named Aimee Strittmatter the new executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA.

Strittmatter, whose promotion was effective Monday, April 6, has served as ALSC’s deputy executive director since March 2005.

She has some familiarity with the position, having stepped in as acting executive director for six months, beginning in July 2005.

As deputy executive director, Strittmatter has been responsible for continuing education, Annual Conference programs, pre-conferences and special workshops, including the recent, highly successful ALSC National Institute in Salt Lake City. She has also been responsible for the operational and fiscal management of the Every Child Ready to Read project, a joint project with the Public Library Association (PLA).Â

Prior to joining ALA, Strittmatter was children’s services supervisor at the William P. Faust Public Library of Westland, Mich., from September 2002 to February 2005; children’s librarian at the Chicago Public Library, from June 2000 to August 2002; and, public library associate at the Loving Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, Mich., from April 1998-April 2000.

Strittmatter is an April 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Information, with a concentration in library and information science. She holds a bachelor of arts in criminal justice, with an additional major in anthropology, from Michigan State University.

A member of ALA and ALSC, Strittmatter also belongs to the Association Forum and the American Society of Association Executives. As a graduate student, she served as president of the ALA Student Chapter at the University of Michigan (1999-2000). She was actively engaged in professional and community activities while serving as a librarian, both in Michigan and Illinois.

“I'm honored to be selected and to have the opportunity to continue my work with ALSC in this new role,” Strittmatter said. “ALSC is a wonderful organization. Our members do amazing work from advocacy to programming and media evaluation. They are willing to share their ideas and resources freely with other librarians around the country and the world, which greatly benefits library service to children. There's a real community of friendship and support.”

Strittmatter added, “(Former ALSC Executive Director) Diane Foote did a fantastic job at ALSC and I know I have big shoes to fill. I plan to carry on with the great work ALSC has been doing. The first few months we will operate at status quo until we are fully staffed. In the meantime, I look forward to discussing ALSC's future with the Board of Directors as well as members. In addition to sustaining and nurturing our current activities and initiatives, I'm interested in exploring viable resources, products and services for children's librarians, as well as new opportunities for member involvement, during these tough economic times.”

Those involved in the successful search were ALSC President Pat Scales, President-elect Thom Barthelmess and ALSC Board member Marge Loch-Wouters, as well Charles Wilt, executive director of ALCTS, and Cynthia Vivian, director, ALA Human Resources.Â