About Courtney


ALA is an association of people, and membership is valuable because of what each of those people brings to the table: diversity, commitment to what libraries represent and make possible, access to information no matter the format, advocacy, intellectual freedom, and opportunities to learn from each other and grow professionally.

As president, I would develop and implement strategies to better highlight the ways the association as a whole is valuable to not only its members but society as a whole. In particular, I would focus on the value of:

  • Diversity: The profession doesn’t always look like the communities we serve. ALA should do more to help the profession be representative of the communities we serve.
  • Career development: Keeping librarians current and equipped to serve their
    communities. ALA should be a leader in providing affordable, timely, and accessible professional development opportunities.
  • Engagement & outreach: Reflecting our communities and allowing them to reach their full potential. ALA should continue to investigate new initiatives and methods to support libraries in empowering their communities.

I have committed myself to ALA and its members, developing a progressive understanding of the divisions, round tables, committees, and affiliates. I recognize the importance of building bridges across our membership and its many important parts. I am dedicated to diversity in all forms in our profession and our organization. I want to sustain the initiatives we have in place, engage all facets of our membership, and demonstrate the value of membership and of librarianship.

I would be honored to continue that commitment and lead the association as ALA President.

-Courtney Louise Young

Courtney 4 ALA President Handout (PDF)


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