My colleague, Ann Leonard, and I would like to extend our thanks to everyone who made 2014’s joint AzLA/MPLA Conference a tremendous success. From the wonderful keynote speakers, to the diverse mix of programs and the generous lunches, so many elements came together to create a fantastic event. Our particular thanks to our friends from the Mountain Plains Library Association for sharing fresh programs and viewpoints, and to our wonderful sponsors for the support that made it all possible.
With the holidays behind us, it’s time again to roll up our sleeves and get to work on this year’s event. Ann and I are stepping in as co-chairs for the 2015 AzLA Annual Conference. I am the Adult Services Librarian at the Florence Community Library, and I co-chaired the Programs subcommittee for the 2013 and 2014 conferences. Ann is the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Pinal County Library District. She worked tirelessly to keep last year’s AzLA Conference webpage up-to-date, and also to make the conference app a reality. This is the first time either of us has co-chaired a conference and we look forward to bringing AzLA 2015 to life!
Whether you are an AzLA veteran or you’re just now thinking about getting involved, we invite you to participate in AzLA 2015: “Making Connections.” The library profession is all about making connections. Library professionals enrich their knowledge base and enhance services by networking with librarians from other institutions. Libraries create new opportunities by collaborating with organizations within their communities. Technology has enabled more connections, with social media tools increasing options for programming and promotion alike. Finally, there are the daily connections made between staff and patrons, between instructional specialists and students, which form the basis of what library service is.
There are still openings for the 2015 Conference Committee. Vacancies include: a Volunteer Coordinator, to manage volunteer duties during the conference; an Awards Committee Chair, responsible for AzLA’s Service Awards; a Coordinator for the Louise A. Stephens Memorial Raffle, which boosts fundraising at the conference; and people to fill our new Communications and Online Marketing Subcommittee, to assist with the design of the Program Book and conference app and to work with AzLA’s Webmaster to boost online promotion.
Thank you for your time and for your contribution to making AzLA the organization that it is. We look forward to seeing you at AzLA 2015!