Submitted by Susan Hornung, Executive Director, ASCLA

The annual conference is beckoning with some spectacular programming and preconferences from ASCLA that are described in this issue of Interface. All the programming looks terrific, but I do want to make special mention of our Consulting Preconference: Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant Friday, June 24, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. since this is the last time it will be offered. This extremely popular workshop is back for its final time.  Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Sara Laughlin guide you through a self-assessment to uncover your consulting potential. Participants will work together to identify consulting opportunities and how to align them with their experience and skills. Takeaways include marketing tips, pricing your services and business management strategies. Information about all three of our outstanding preconferences, including Leadership Skills: Leading Your Library to Excellence and Forever is a Long Time: Preservation Planning for Digital Collections, can be found here.

By now you should have heard about the results of the elections: ASCLA’s revised bylaws were approved by an overwhelming majority of the voters. We are now working hard to put the new infrastructure in place to ensure ASLA’s successful future.  I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who voted and all those who have contributed their insights and time to infuse ASCLA with new energy and excitement; it’s clear that ASCLA has a loyal and caring membership who cares about moving ASCLA forward to take its place as the premier association for library cooperatives, independent library consultants, libraries serving special populations, and state libraries. Thank you and please don’t hesitate to send us your input and ideas to help keep ASCLA fresh and fun!

Have a wonderful time in New Orleans; if you can’t make it this year, I hope to see you in Anaheim in 2012!