As we get into high gear, working on the annual conference, the Conference Committee is feeling the absence of Ginny Pannabecker. Ginny was Conference Committee Co-chair last year and has very ably led the committee this year, up to late July when she moved to a new job in Virginia. Lucky for us, she left Claudia Leon and Casey VanHaren to carry on in her absence, and they have stepped up admirably to fill the Conference Committee Chair position. Ginny, we miss you, but we wish you well in your new life! We are now looking for someone to be the Conference Committee Co-Co-Chair (Vice-Chair?), to learn from Claudia and Casey and be ready to take the reins as Conference Chair for the 2016 conference.
I was approached at the conference last year by a new AzLA member who requested that we consider having an Adult AzLA Book Award. The Board has agreed that this would be a good thing, so we need to start working on that. I apologize, but I haven’t been able to find the name and contact information for the person who initially asked me about this—if you are reading this, please send me an email! I also need to hear from anyone who is interested in serving on a committee to work on this project. We need to define the parameters of the award and set some policies and ground rules—and find a way to fund it. If you are interested in seeing us institute this award and would like to help, will you also please send me an email?
The Board approved a budget for this coming year, and we are continuing to spend down some of the surplus on ways that benefit our membership. We hope to hire a webmaster to manage our online presence under the guidance of the Web & Social Networking Committee. The Marketing and Advocacy Committee has plans that will help increase the visibility of libraries as well as educate library workers in how to better promote their local libraries. The Professional Development Committee will once again be offering programs, workshops, and webinars to help us all further develop our skills. All the other Committees, Divisions, and Interest Groups also have plans for ways to exceed members’ expectations.
Speaking of Divisions and Interest Groups, participation in some of these groups has dropped off noticeably. We will be looking at ways to make AzLA more relevant to our members, so if any of you have ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear them. Contact information for all Committees, Divisions, Interest Groups, and Board Members are on our webpage. And by the way, if you haven’t checked it out lately, take a look at our webpage and see the changes that the Web & Social Networking Committee have made. I think you will appreciate the new look and functionality.
I hope to see many of you at the Annual Conference. This year promises to be more fun than ever, with entertaining speakers, lots of books, and learning opportunities galore.