It is hard to believe that my third year of service is coming to a close at the AzLA annual meeting in October! When I threw my hat in the ring to be president elect a few years back I had really no idea what was in store for me in the coming years. The first year as President Elect went so fast, but I was glad to have that time to understand the inner workings of AzLA. Last year as President I thoroughly enjoyed working with the entire Executive Board in keeping AzLA on the map, and this year as Past President has gone by far too quickly.
It is the last duty of the Past President to ensure that all of our positions within the organization are filled for the coming year. As we gear up for this year’s AzLA Conference, it’s time to think about the future leadership of AzLA. Each year, seats for voting members of the Executive Board become available and new officers are elected by the entire AzLA membership. This year we are looking for candidates for Central Regional Representative, Mountain Plains Library Association Representative, Treasurer, and President-elect.
Please consider putting your name forward, and/or encouraging colleagues whose leadership track record (or potential) would be valuable to AzLA. While official information is available via the AzLA Handbook, I would encourage you to contact the person currently in the position and/or one of the presidents (current: Sandy Edwards; President-Elect: Gina Macaluso; Past: me) about what the positions entail. Each elected officer must have been a voting member of the Association the 12 months immediately preceding his/her running for office. Regional representatives must reside in the region they represent.
We also need to be sure all our divisions, interest groups, and committees have chairs and members enough to function. These are good places to start with AzLA, if you haven’t been actively involved in the past.
So, if you (or someone you know) is interested in serving in any of these positions, please send me an email at [email protected] with contact information, by Wednesday, August 16th.
AzLA’s mission is “to promote the general welfare of library and information science and those employed in those professions in Arizona, to advance educational advantages in the state through libraries, and to promote general interest in library education.” Given the changes in our profession, our organizations, and within our state, AzLA provides unique leadership and support. I strongly encourage you to consider joining AzLA’s volunteer-leaders to keep AzLA strong and relevant.
Thank you for allowing me to serve for you these past three years–it has been an honor and a privilege.
Amber Mathewson is AzLA Past President.