We were very grateful to have the ALA president- elect, Maureen Sullivan, speak to the DLIS community at the Spring Symposium on March 24th.
Ms. Sullivan discussed her impressive and rewarding work in the field, including over 30 years as a consultant to libraries for organization development, strategic planning, and leadership development. She spoke about increasing collaboration between different ALA divisions and chapters, the need to be active in the field, and asked “What do we need to know?” for supporting learning and libraries. She advised against using the term ‘advocacy’, as she feels it makes it “we and they” rather than all of us together. And she asked the attendees for feedback on why they might not join ALA, or what they would like to get from their membership experience.
She is open to emails and other communication as she concludes her year as president-elect and begins her year as president this summer.