It is exciting to think that half of the year of my presidency is over! We have accomplished so much towards AzLA’s mission to promote library service and librarianship in libraries of all types in the state of Arizona. I remind myself each month why I chose to participate with AzLA and it is because of the wonderful people who help make the organization. Off the heels of a financially successful regional forum as an outstanding professional development opportunity for librarians and library supporters, we are headed towards our annual conference.
I have two goals as president: to promote library service and to stabilize the budget. While we have made some progress towards a more stabilized budget, we continue to work on finding additional ways to increase our revenue. We made significant changes to the annual conference that will help with the financial goal and anticipate a big profit from this year’s conference. We also had some good news from MPLA. AzLA was awarded MPLA Professional Development Library Association Grant. This grant will help fund conference speakers and programs being organized by the committee. Thank you to Cherise Mead for submitting on behalf of AzLA.
The conference committee chairs, Erin Lorandos, Christine Dykgraaf, Rob Wilson, and Natalie Menges, are hard at work organizing a high-quality conference. The website is coming together and you can take a peek at the program lineup now. The keynote speaker is Ryan J. Dowd, author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone, and Director of Hesed House in Aurora, Illinois. Take a look at the video on the website. There is also a good article in the June American Libraries, https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/06/01/librarians-guide-homelessness/.
We hope you will attend the conference, bring a friend, and continue to support AzLA’s mission to promote library service and librarianship in libraries of all types in the state of Arizona! Remember, Libraries Transform Because Access Equals Opportunity. Keep up the great work serving the informational needs of the Arizona community.
Assistant Professor, Knowledge River Program Manager, School of Information, University of Arizona