Advocating for teacher librarians; updates on the Virtual Conference “Behind the Counter” and the Regional Forum, and planning for the annual conference (Oct. 25-26).
Discussion on including teacher librarians in the 1% teacher salary increase. Regional Forum on April 27 at UA Libraries. 2018 Annual Conference on Oct. 26-27 in Mesa. Member donation drive goal: $5,000.
Libraries are more than books. We are community, learning and technology centers, and social centers, were people can become inspired. This is why I am dedicated to this profession and want to see AzLA through another successful year. The organization is experiencing budget challenges. We are instituting cost-saving measures, we are seeking sponsorships, and we have a member donation drive.
Our Arizona libraries (public, academic, school, special, legal, medical, etc.) are ensuring people have access to information and lifelong learning regardless of age, education, ethnicity, gender, language, income, physical limitations or geographic barriers. Our Arizona libraries are strengthening communities and helping create a more literate and just society.
With the temperatures still in triple digits, it’s hard to believe that it’s fall (but it’s Arizona). By the time this article is published, I will have a little over a month left in my term as President. I cannot tell you how quickly the year has flown by!
I know that we all think we are in control of our lives, but I learned this past month, that our lives can change instantly. I was going to write my “Message from the President” in early June, and I had my article for the newsletter all figured out.