President’s Message

By Gina Macaluso

Following is a Voicethread presentation by Gina Macaluso on the importance of the Arizona Library Association, and actions to improve AzLA finances.

This is the link to the Huffington Post article she discusses, “The Extinction of Libraries: Why the Predictions Aren’t Coming True,” by Benjamin P. Hardy (December 22, 2017).

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Happy New Year, AzLA Members!

As we begin a new year, I am dedicated more than ever to the mission of AzLA to promote library service and librarianship in libraries of all types in the state of Arizona. Let’s begin with some good news.

In an article published last month in Huffpost called “The Extinction of Libraries: Why the Predictions Aren’t Coming True,” the author, Benjamin Hardy, talks about the reason why the predictions aren’t coming true. The past prediction assumed that libraries were just about books and that we would be, within 15 years, extinct due to technology advances. As we know, libraries are more than books. We are community, learning and technology centers. We are also social centers were people can connect with others and become inspired. Libraries are not going away.

This is why I am dedicated to this profession and want to see AzLA through another successful year. As you may know, the organization is experiencing budget challenges. We are being good stewards of the money we raise through dues and conference attendance.

We are instituting cost-saving measures to balance our budget. These include renegotiating contracts for our lobbyist and for conference expenses. We are still planning on a great schedule of programs to educate and connect us as librarians and library staff but at a lower cost to the association. You may see some changes and I hope you appreciate them.

We are actively seeking sponsorships and have received a sponsorship from Knowledge River with support from IMLS for the regional forum–more on that soon. We are expanding our sponsorship opportunities at conference as well.

We also have a member donation drive happening. We have raised $200 to date and would welcome any donation towards association expenses. Just a small donation of $10 from every member would raise approximately $5,000 and would relieve the budget challenges we are facing. Please consider helping the association that helps libraries in Arizona.

Enjoy the article about the good that libraries do for the communities they serve. And remember Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity.

Gina Macaluso is AzLA President 2017-18, and Assistant Professor, Knowledge River Program Manager, University of Arizona School of Information.

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