We’re back in our schools now and doing the best we can. But nothing will be exactly the same as it was before. MSLA should not be exactly the same as it was before either. We do not know what school will look like in six months, or a year, or five years. We do not know what MSLA will look like either. But it’s clear that we should examine closely our efforts and our impact, keep what works, and change with the times to make sure that our organization continues to provide us with information, knowledge, support, and strong advocacy.
Luckily, I don’t need to do that work alone. There are 24 members of the Executive Board, including seven brand new faces who have agreed to take on this work because they are passionate about the importance of school libraries and the effects they have on students. At our Board Retreat on September 18th, the enthusiasm was contagious. We are looking forward to a great year, even while we know we will have to be flexible and nimble to change with the times.
And: we are still looking for volunteers! We need liaisons for Independent School and Voc/Tech Schools. The conference committee is looking for members— many hands make light work! If you’re interested in helping but aren’t able to make a year-long commitment, the Awards and Advocacy committees will be sending out requests for short-term volunteers throughout the year, so keep a look out for those.
If you are interested in any of those positions or just have thoughts about where MSLA should be headed, don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSLA is what we make it!