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Expand the Influence of School Librarians Within ALA

This is an opportunity to serve the library profession that some of of you might be interested in.  It would be great to see some NC names within these committees! 


Here's an opportunity for you to expand the influence of school librarians within the American Library Association – a key part of the AASL Strategic Plan.  On July 20th, Maureen Sullivan, ALA President-Elect and chair of the Committee on Appointments, began to encourage members to volunteer for ALA committees. AASL needs your voice to represent school library issues and concerns on these committees which help to govern the largest and oldest organization devoted to libraries. It is important that school librarians play an active role! Members can volunteer by filling out the online form.

Serving on an ALA committee is an excellent opportunity to build leadership skills and networking opportunities.  ALA is looking for volunteers for the following committees:
  • Accreditation
  • American Libraries Advisory
  • Awards
  • Budget Analysis and Review
  • Chapter Relations
  • Conference
  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Council Orientation
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Election
  • Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory
  • Information Technology Policy Advisory
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • International Relations
  • Legislation
  • Library Advocacy
  • Literacy
  • Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory
  • Membership
  • Membership Meetings
  • Organization
  • Policy Monitoring (current Council members only)
  • Professional Ethics
  • Public and Cultural Programs Advisory
  • Public Awareness
  • Publishing
  • Research and Statistics
  • Resolutions
  • Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds
  • Scholarships and Study Grants
  • Status of Women in Librarianship
  • Training, Orientation and Leadership Development
  • Website Advisory
  • ALA-Children’s Book Council (Joint)
  • ALA-Association of American of Museums (Joint).
The deadline for completing the ALA Committee Volunteer form is Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.  

Carl A. Harvey II
President, American Association of School Librarians

Lessons from The Big Easy

President-elect Sarah Justice and I spent six days in New Orleans at the American Library Association annual conference at the end of June. We attended meetings as your NC representatives to the American Association of School Librarians Affiliate Assembly and spent some time stalking authors and speakers on the exhibit floor and in concurrent sessions.

Here are some lessons I learned from our trip to The Big Easy:
  • Network with as many folks as you can. At our meetings, we had the opportunity to talk with school librarians from our region (KY, SC, WV, VA, TN, NC) as well as across the country. But it was also the conversations standing in author signing lines and on the airplanes and throughout the conference that reconnected us with passionate readers, tech savvy individuals, and information gurus.
  • Pack lightly and mail your books home or stick them in your suitcase. Yes, I borrowed my five year old daughter's suitcase for the trip -- rolled clothes and I had plenty to wear for our six days. But I did mail two boxes of books (freebies and a couple that I purchased) back home to avoid hefting 40-50lbs of books on the plane.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to a national conference. While Deb Christensen clocked over 16,000 steps on her pedometer one day during the conference, I'm sure that between the two of us Sarah and I walked 40 miles during our trip. Comfy sandals and supportive tennis shoes were our friends.
  • AASL has some great resources, if you'll just take advantage of them. At our Affiliate Assembly meeting, we were reminded of the toolkits and planning guides at the AASL website that can help us be better teachers, assessors, planners, and advocates in our library media programs.
  • Leadership is key to making things happen in our profession. While we heard some incredible speakers and authors, we also heard from key leaders in our profession, folks who are at the building levels just like us and making a difference everyday in the lives of students, teachers, and fellow school librarians.
Posted by Ms. Dee at 5:31 PM