Dear ASCLA Members:

What an exciting ALA Midwinter Conference for ASCLA!  The drafts of both the Interest Group Guidebook and the Consultants’ Code of Ethics are moving forward.  The ASCLA/COSLA reception was lovely.  Many of the formal discussions of committees and interest groups were carried on more informally at the reception.  Also, ASCLA’s strategic plan was finalized and approved, incorporating your thoughts from the member survey.

Speaking of the survey, the board has heard from you loudly and clearly that you are looking for more networking opportunities.  To this end, we are moving the ASCLA/COSLA reception at the ALA Annual Conference to Saturday, June 23rd at 5:45-7:30 p.m., immediately after the ASCLA board meeting.  Thanks to our event supporter, Novelist’s LibraryAware, we will be able to offer heartier hors d’oeuvres after an exhausting afternoon of quality programming.  Following COSLA’s greetings and the unveiling of ASCLA’s awards, the rest of the social will be devoted to networking time.   We envision people grouping around the topics that interest them the most:  e-books, fundraising, marketing, advocacy, etc.  The ASCLA membership committee has some surprises in store for us as well!

I hope you will be able to join us at ALA Annual for the ASCLA/COSLA networking social.  If you are not able to get to the annual conference, please participate in ASCLA in other ways– through webinars, online courses, committee or interest group calls and chats.  Look for information about attending ASCLA board meetings by conference calling as well.  ASCLA needs your thoughts and ideas.

Best wishes,

Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian and ASCLA President