Midwinter Highlights Part I

Nancy McFarlin, Past President; Marla Wigton, President; Martha House, President-Elect

KASL sends the President and President-Elect to ALA Midwinter every January to participate in AASL Affiliate Assembly. This year Midwinter was in Atlanta, Georgia, and Marla and I were lucky enough to have Nancy come along (on her own dime) and room with us! She also came to several meetings that she did not have to attend, and we picked her brain a lot.

  1. AASL was making a big push for ALA/AASL members to vote in the coming ALA election. Terri Grief is running for ALA President and many AASL members are running for key positions. School librarians are under-represented in ALA. The last ALA president won by 200 votes, and of the 7000 AASL members only 1000 voted, so VOTE AASL if you belong to the national organization. AASL leadership also suggests that you vote for the bylaws change because “it is a step in the right direction.” They also suggested that if voters are overwhelmed by all the choices, they do not have to vote for all the positions on the ALA Board. I think voters can vote for forty, and that really is a bit much, at least for me.
  2. The new standards and guidelines will be launched in the fall of 2017 and will build on current standards.
  3. Bring your administrator for free. The new standards will launch at this conference as well.
  4. If you have not taken a look at the Future Ready information yet, DO. It is fantastic! Select one high impact and one high visibility role you play within the Future Ready framework and showcase it. If your district is anything like mine, nobody wants another thing on their plate, but you can use this framework to celebrate what you are already doing and prove your value.
  5. These Advocacy Toolkits are marvelous as well.

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