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