This is a reminder that I’m enthusiastically supporting Barb Stripling for ALA President, and hope you will join me in voting for her.
Barb is not only enormously poised and articulate, and a great writer, but her background in school libraries makes her an essential choice in this most draconian of budget years. Our youngest users need spirited and knowledgable leadership–and that describes Barb. As an ALA Councilor, I’ve had the privilege of working with Barb for quite some time, and she impresses me with her interest in new technologies and her skill and building relationships across the board.
I can also say, from personal experience, that both candidates have enormous personal integrity, but in terms of poise and ability to think on one’s feet, Barb wins hands-down. It’s important to be articulate on paper, as both candidates are. But as Carla Hayden demonstrated this past year when she quickly responded to the attorney general’s comments about “hysteric librarians,” we need librarians who are articulate at a moment’s notice.
If you want to know more about Barb, visit her Web site.
And please do VOTE!