Librarians and information professionals
together, we can bring change!
As ALA President I will work together with all members for an association that will be the leading advocate for libraries while maintaining our core values, will build partnerships with value-sharing organizations, will have a place and voice in Congress, state senates, city councils, and school boards, particularly for those with no voice. We will advance concerns focused on our commitment to public education, intellectual freedom, diversity, and professional development.
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My Vision for the Association:
- ALA will be the leading voice advocating for libraries and library users while maintaining our core values.
- ALA will have a place and a voice at the decision makers’ table, particularly for those in our communities with no voice. We will amplify their concerns to Congress, at the state house, in city councils, and school boards.
- ALA will build coalitions with like-minded partners sharing our values.
- ALA will facilitate joint work among its units to promote diversity and equity in our profession and association.
- ALA will train our members to flourish throughout our careers, to lead, serve and empower our libraries, patrons, and communities.
- ALA will advance our concerns through actions conveyed by pillars of ALA’s Strategic Plan: Advocacy, Information Policies, Professional and Leadership Development, and Diversity and Inclusion.
You are ALA -- I am ALA -- We are ALA!
These are challenging times as we hire a new ALA Executive Director and navigate a new administration in Washington. In the midst of these changes, I am confident that together, we can bring change! I bring a strong leadership record as current member of the ALA Executive Board, Finance & Audit Committee, IFLA Governing Board, and a leader serving ALA’s round tables, divisions, affiliates, international not-for-profits like the Gates Foundation Global Libraries, and as REFORMA President.
As ALA President, I will build on the Libraries Transform Communities partnership launched by Molly Raphael, Maureen Sullivan and Barbara Stripling, the career development initiatives of Courtney Young, the public awareness campaign Libraries Transform launched by Past President Sari Feldman, the Expert in the Library focus of ALA President Julie Todaro, and the Librarians Lead! theme of ALA President-Elect Jim Neal. I will work together with ALA Divisions, members, and chapters, with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden and international colleagues to advance our profession and the future of libraries.
I have served communities as a librarian in academic, school, and special libraries in Puerto Rico, as a public librarian in Queens, and as a consultant, educator, and mentor of new librarians. I bring strong experience advocating for libraries at global forums including the United Nations with country representatives, civil society partners, private and public organizations, and at grassroots and national levels to bring change through impacting policy.
I am eager to work with you as your President. Thank you for your vote!
A D V O C A C Y
Every library worker is an advocate! Together, we can bring change with our powerful force to advocate for:
- Services for all in our communities,
- Information Policies,
- Funding to keep libraries open,
- Raise awareness about the value of libraries,
- Position academic, school, public and all librarians as leaders.
I am proud to have been able to advocate on behalf of libraries on sidewalks of my local city, at the United Nations, at my local City Hall, and during the National Legislative Day in Washington.
I am bringing my experience strategizing and advocating in different fronts: providing testimony at New York City Council Budget Hearings about libraries, speaking at the United Nations to raise awareness about the role of libraries in providing access to public information and advocating for libraries with U.N. Member States, standing on a sidewalk holding signs to fight budget cuts, meeting with lawmakers in Washington DC to explain why libraries matter.
I am inspired by the Libraries Transform campaign, the work of ALA Divisions, the Office of Library Advocacy, and the Washington Office to build on their successful efforts.
- Lines of Action: We must use multiple online and in-person platforms to advocate for libraries and grow advocate leaders.
- Concerted advocacy efforts will include ALA Divisions, units, chapters and members.
- Partnering and creating coalitions with different stakeholders such as civic society groups, elected officials and NGOs will bring success. Stay tuned for more.
Together, we can bring change by placing libraries on the agenda of decision makers to develop mechanisms that would help us to stop creating digital divides, and help libraries provide access to information and continue promoting reading and research. We are a strong voice leading efforts addressing:
- Access to ebooks and databases
- Copyright matters
- Net neutrality
- Broadband access
My experience developing curricula to train library workers on access to information on the Internet based on the UNESCO/IFLA Internet Manifesto Guidelines, teaching workshops in the USA and in other regions of the world about access to information on the Internet and censorship, supporting efforts related to copyright matters, net neutrality, and increasing broadband access will serve us well to move forward our members’ concerns about information policies which impact all types of libraries.
I am inspired by the work of the ALA Divisions, the Office for Information Technology Policy, the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Center for the Future of Libraries to build on their successful campaigns.
- Lines of Action: We will train, educate and strategize with members, partners, elected officials, and NGOs to reach decision makers.
- We must use multiple online and in-person platforms to deliver our message. Stay tuned for more.
DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
Together, we can bring change for an association that increasingly reflects our society. Our members makeup mirrors our society’s demographics. Our library users come from different ethnic groups, LGBT populations, socioeconomic background and disabilities, reflecting our increasingly diverse society.
I bring my leadership and experience with diverse groups. I am proud to have lead the development of a Leadership Video Series part of ALA's Presidential Initiative, Empowering Diverse Voices. In 2005, established the annual Joint REFORMA Northeast Mini Conference with ALA ethnic caucus. As an active member of the ethnic caucus, I collaborate with teams to develop programs and initiatives for the members.
I have been inspired to build on the work of the Office for Diversity and the Spectrum Program, Literacy and Outreach Services and the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
- Lines of Action: We must continue striving to facilitate mechanisms for more joint work among ALA units and with different stakeholders to promote diversity and equity in our profession and association.
- Together we can strengthen efforts to embed diversity and equity principles in our association’s programs and services which in turn could impact our profession at large and services provided by libraries nationwide. Stay tuned for more.
C A R E E R D E V E L O P M E N T
Together, we can bring change to meet the needs of library workers and information professionals in academic, public, school and special libraries, and those in non-traditional library careers.
My experience mentoring new members for the NMRT, developing global webinars presented by ALA and IFLA’s New Professionals and the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section, producing and moderating an online training for new REFORMA leaders, educating LIS students on subjects such as diverse populations, outreach, library programs and services allows me to understand our need to strengthen career development programs.
I am inspired by the work of the ALA Divisions and the ALA-APA to build on their initiatives.
- Lines of Action: We must equip our members with professional and leadership skills needed to flourish in the current moment they are experiencing in their careers, to lead from where they are, and to serve libraries, library users and communities.
- Our content should be available in different online platforms according to our members' needs. Stay tuned.