Midwinter Reflections

A few weeks have passed since the close of the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Boston (though the related virtual meetings have only completed very recently) and I’ve been reflecting on the conference and the many conversations I had there.

alamw1454796038228Midwinter was an incredible experience for me as a candidate for ALA President. Even though my ALA schedule is usually very busy, I have never been quite so busy or so intensely engaged at every hour. I attended almost 40 meetings of different committees, sections, divisions, interest groups, affiliates, etc. With each group I was able to learn more about ALA members and what their priorities are.

The vision, passion, and energy that I encountered at Midwinter make me confident that ALA has a membership that is ready to bring the association to new levels of engagement and impact. I was also pleased to receive so many comments in support of the priorities I have outlined in my Candidate Statement. To everyone who expressed interest in working on the specific projects I have outlined, be assured I have your contact information in a spreadsheet. If I didn’t meet you are Midwinter and you want to raise your hand to volunteer, please email me so I can add you to the list!

I am grateful to the ALA staff who organized the annual Candidate Forum and to Courtney Young, ALA Past-President, for hosting the event. A recording is available on YouTubeMy opening remarks start at 6:34 and my closing at 54:56.

Between meetings you could find me in the “north entrance” of the convention center, greeting people at my candidate information table. I want to thank the volunteers who staffed the table when I was not able to be there. Thank you so much for your time and enthusiasm – it is great to be part of a community that is so supportive!

I am looking forward to engaging with more members at the Public Library Association Conference and Texas Library Association Conference in April. See you in Denver and Houston!







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