A Message from the President
by Barbara Stripling, NYLA President
Through the guidance of our committee chairs, NYLA’s committees have mapped their action steps for the year against NYLA’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. I will share a few of their highlights.
The Legislative Committee (chair: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich) is focusing on our advocacy goals by:
The Membership Committee (chair: Geoff Kirkpatrick) has developed a number of actions that will address:
The Continuing Education Committee (chair: Deanna DiCarlo) will be working on four major items:
The Sustainability Initiative Committee (chairs: Matthew Bollerman, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich) is undertaking two main action steps to build on the substantive work that was completed last year:
The Everyday Advocacy Task Force (chair: Ron Kirsop) has organized into four subgroups to enable them to complete substantive work by the 2017 conference. Each group has a specific mission:
All of these committee actions are aligned with NYLA’s Strategic Plan and almost every section of the plan is being tackled. We will be able to track definite progress on achieving the goals of our strategic plan through the collective action of these committees and their members.
I attended ALA’s Midwinter Conference and noted a couple of emerging ideas that will have a positive effect on our chapter and our membership. First, ALA seems to be increasingly recognizing the value of chapters. Chapters were mentioned as important to a number of different contexts, including membership growth and engagement, legislative action at the state and local levels, advocacy, and ALA policy. The second emerging trend is the increasing emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the organization. In fact, ALA Council adopted a fourth strategic direction for the organization: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Since I conceived of and appointed the first ALA task force on EDI when I was president in 2013-2014, I am extremely pleased that this focus has become such an integral part of the ALA culture.
We are fortunate that Camila Alire, a former ALA president, has agreed to be my president’s speaker at the fall conference. She will be speaking about everyday advocacy and the importance of standing up for what we believe and can deliver through our libraries. I have also asked her to connect everyday advocacy to diversity and inclusion. I told her that I was looking for a presentation that focused on “social activism with a soul.”