What Do We Want from #OurALA?
This is a question I plan to pose a lot in the coming months, and hope to talk with many of you about at the ALA Midwinter meeting or other events on my election schedule.
As some of you know, I started using the #OurALA tag after several days of tweeting under the less-happy #NotMyALA tag. The #NotMyALA discussion was an important one, not just because of the concerns it helped to raise about the ALA press releases speaking to an active interest in working with the incoming Trump Administration, but because of the broader questions that people like Emily Drabinski and Sarah Houghton raised about the nature of the work we do and the values that form the bedrock foundations of that work (you can find a good summary of that debate, along with links to posts by Drabinski and Houghton, in Rory Litwin's summary on the Library Juice blog). It is my hope that current ALA leaders, as well as candidates like me, were energized by the vision of our work and the way that ALA can support, magnify, and extend that work, that we saw in some of the #NotMyALA discussions, and that this energy will find its way into a new commitment to values-based leadership for change in the Association.
I believe that libraries are a force for good in our society, and that librarians and library workers do their best work, their most important work, when they start from the question of what can we do to make our communities stronger, and our world a better place? Let's start there, and then ask, how can #OurALA help us toward those goals? I look forward to hearing your answers to those questions, and hearing the questions that drive you.