President’s Message

By John Walsh

Dear AzLA members, colleagues, and friends,

It has been one year since I wrote my first President’s message that reintroduced the AzLA Newsletter. As Fall approaches, and the end of my presidency, I look back on that first message and reflect on this past year. There are a number of decisions I wished I made differently however, I believe AzLA will continue to grow despite my shortcomings. In that first newsletter, I wrote about one of the things I am most proud of in my presidential tenure, the Vision 2020 Conference Webinar Series. The Conference Committee and its chair organized that event in place of an annual conference. I believe that it was a success and want to thank the committee chair for her hard work and dedication to the project. 

In that first newsletter, I also wrote about the approaching Autumnal Equinox and its relation to the changes that had been occurring in our society and our profession. I wrote of the unpredictability of the times that the country and librarianship were experiencing. A year has passed and it seems we are approaching the same equinox. Times are still unpredictable, we won’t be having an annual conference again this year, and we still seem to be in the transitional period I spoke of last fall. 

The change I spoke about at the time continues. I predicted in that first newsletter that “historically, libraries and librarians have made librarianship better as they faced the challenges of big change.” I also predicted that as we faced the changes we were experiencing that “libraries will be stronger, we will be better because we will change together.” We have changed, we have become stronger. As libraries, we have adapted and continued to provide our services in the face of change. As an organization, we are increasing membership instead of decreasing. These positive changes are because of you, the librarianship of Arizona. Though I realize that the times are still unpredictable, still changing, I feel just as positive as I did last fall about our future.

The other accomplishment I am most proud of is the formation of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. It was such a pleasure meeting with the young people of our profession and feeling how passionate they were about the occupation they had chosen. They, and many other library staff that I met around the state this year, are another reason I feel so positive about the future of Arizona librarianship. Thank you for allowing me to lead the membership this past year. It was truly a pleasure serving. Live well.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for your leadership, John, in a period of unimaginable change and challenge. Thank you for keeping our statewide library association nimble, innovative and inclusive. Best to you, always, in your new adventure … I understand you have retired from Cochise College, too! What are you going to do with your “free time?” Enjoy, John, enjoy!

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