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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Academic, public, school, and special libraries have a long tradition of supporting literacy in Alabama to ensure that we have lifelong learners who are job ready and serve as assets to their communities. The Alabama Library Association is proud to represent and support the Alabama librarians and paraprofessionals who are essential to that tradition.

In keeping with the American Library Association’s four strategic directions of Advocacy, Information Policy, Professional Leadership and Development, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, I ask all ALLA members to join me in these three focus areas for our organization over the upcoming year. First, let us increase participation among our divisions, roundtables, and committees. Second, let us focus on improving communication via all association platforms. Finally, let us stay relevant by updating and revising the Core and Convention Handbooks. I encourage all library professionals across the state to share in these goals and reach out to Executive Council Members, Division Chairs, Roundtable Moderators, and Committee Chairs to get involved in the association.

As we work toward these areas of focus in the upcoming year, let us also look ahead to our next Annual Convention, which will be held in Florence on April 10-13, 2018. The theme, Play By Ear, speaks to another long time tradition that is synonymous with The Shoals region. I hope you will make plans to join us there!


Sonya Jordan
Alabama Library Association
President, 2017-2018

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