From the President: Because of You – Libraries Transform

By Sandy Edwards

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! A year ago, I was wondering about what the coming year was going to entail and would I be up to the challenge. I can say that it has been a privilege to have been elected to represent and lead the Arizona Library Association! It’s been a year of ups and downs, learning a lot, and getting to know many colleagues throughout Arizona and the United States.

The year started off with a bang with the first YA Summit, held at the Prescott Conference Center. This huge endeavor was led by Rob Wilson, AzLA Central Representative, and Lauren Regenhart, ALYAS Committee Co-Chair. The event was truly an example of “Because of You – Libraries Transform.” Many AzLA members, from throughout the state, put a lot of time and effort into this event, and the result was a huge success. This program was funded through an LSTA grant for which the Association is extremely grateful for!

On the heels of the YA Summit, targeting a different AzLA audience, came the first E-Resources Forum, held at the Burton Barr library in Phoenix. This effort was led by Michael Porter, Chair of the eResources Committee.  This event was also an example of “Because of You – Libraries Transform.” It was a collaboration and discussion between representatives from fifteen eResource vendors and library staff from around the state. Another resounding success!

We were sorry to lose our webmaster, Amanda Brite, at the end of the year. However, within a short period of time, Danielle Angerbauer stepped up and became our webmaster, and she has been doing a great job ever since.

October 25-27th is our Annual Conference at the Mesa Convention Center. We have returned to the Phoenix area this year, after having been in Tucson last year, and Flagstaff the previous year. This conference is sure to be amazing, due to the leadership of co-chairs Bethany Wilson and Erin Lorandos. We are trying a different format this year, and want to hear your feedback on the changes. This conference is for you, so we want to do everything we can to benefit all who attend.

It’s been a wonderful year! I know that the organization will continue to do great things in the future under the leadership of incoming President, Gina Macaluso, and “Because of You!”

Thank you.

Sandy Edwards is AzLA President.

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