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Voter Turnout (and More) for the 2013 ALA Election

Last year, I analyzed voter turnout for the ALA election and speculated on why certain divisions did better than others (if turnout is a measure of member engagement). Now that data for this year is available, I thought I’d do the same and make some comparisons.

First, comparative turnout between divisions (with all of these graphs, click through for bigger versions):

2013 by division

(In this chart and throughout this post, what’s labeled as ALA voter turnout isn’t the overall turnout for all members; it’s how many members voted for Council and President of ALA — “Big ALA,” if you will.)

And let’s compare that to last year:

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Leave a Comment May 15, 2013

How I Learned to Read Again, Post-Selection Committee

by flickr user Miss Jo|我是周小姐

by flickr user Miss Jo|我是周小姐

It’s been about three weeks since I finished up my work as chair of Amazing Audiobooks and, for the first time in two years, could read what I wanted and at my own pace. But once our list was finished and the press release written, instead of feeling relief and release, I felt anxiety and distraction. I’ve been stuck in a post-selection committee reading slump, and I’ve been worried I might not escape.

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4 Comments February 19, 2013

I still exist! What I’ve been doing, the fruits of professional involvement, and ALA voter turnout

It’s been nearly eight months since I last posted here! A lot has happened in that time, and believe me, I’ve missed blogging. I’m not sure I can even pretend this post is the harbinger of a comeback; I’m still doing all of the things that took me away from here last winter, and until that’s over, I’m not sure I’ll be blogging regularly.

What are those things? Well, I’m getting more involved locally. And like I mentioned ages and ages ago, I’ve been on YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults committee, and as of February, I’ve been chairing it. I also took over as member manager of The Hub last summer and I’ve been spending a lot of time on that as well. I started reviewing for School Library Journal. I think those are probably where most of my time is going — and as of the beginning of this month, I also have more hours at work! I’m still not quite full time, but I’m getting there, and there are so many things that have happened at work that I’ve wanted to tell you about but just haven’t made the time to write up. The things I do with YALSA seem to feed back into my work, and the things I do at work inspire new connections and conversations on Twitter, and then I see those people involved with YALSA and think to make new connections. I’ve definitely been busy, and it feels good! And while I miss blogging, I’m kind of enjoying just putting my head down and working. That feels really good.

So the more involved I get with YALSA — beyond committee work, I’ve also been on a taskforce, organized the speed networking session at Annual this year, and helped write up a proposal [pdf] that the YALSA Board form a task force to monitor what’s going on with ebooks and help YALSA create resources about ebooks for its members — the more involved I want to get and the more I want to learn about the organization and help make it better.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about recently is member involvement in divisions and in ALA as a whole. (more…)

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Leave a Comment July 21, 2012

Library Day in the Life Project, Round 7: Day 2

Logo designed by and stolen from the Indie Librarian

I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life Project (now in its seventh round) this week. To quote the project wiki, “the Library Day in the Life Project is a semi-annual event coordinated by Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day. Twice a year librarians, library staff and library students from all over the globe share a day (or week) in their life through blog posts, photos, video and Twitter updates.”

Today I did some non-work library stuff and then had my first day back at work after two days off. I also got some really good news today! (more…)

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Leave a Comment July 26, 2011

Library Day in the Life Project, Round 7: Day 1

Logo designed by and stolen from the Indie Librarian

I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life Project (now in its seventh round) this week. To quote the project wiki, “the Library Day in the Life Project is a semi-annual event coordinated by Bobbi Newman of Librarian by Day. Twice a year librarians, library staff and library students from all over the globe share a day (or week) in their life through blog posts, photos, video and Twitter updates.”

Since I worked on Saturday, I had today off, so I’m going to talk about what I did on Saturday and the librarian-ish things I did today. (more…)

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Leave a Comment July 25, 2011

Thoughts from ALA Annual 2011 (plus a link to my YALSA blog post)

After returning home from ALA this year, I came down with a cold that I just haven’t been able to shake. It’s making catching up on my life and correspondence difficult, but I wanted to write down some of my impressions and thoughts from Annual before they fade too much.

Before I left for New Orleans, I spent some time thinking about what I wanted my conference experience to be like this time. Especially since the last time I’d been to Annual was also my first and I’d been a student at the time, I had a different perspective now that I have my own library to which I’m applying everything I learn rather than just trying to file everything away for later. And just by virtue of being in the field longer and finding more ways to get involved, I knew some of my responsibilities and experiences would change. (For example, in small groups, I was able to actually contribute ideas since I have hands-on experience that I didn’t have a year ago, and now that I’m on a committee, I had more official meetings that I needed to attend at specific times, which precluded me from attending sessions that looked interesting.) And for the first time, I was going to be rooming with a coworker, which turned out to be a lot of fun.

Anyway, my big goals this time were to be more fearless in just jumping into conversations and introducing myself and to learn more about YALSA and to find new ways to step up my involvement. (more…)

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Leave a Comment July 9, 2011

YALSA blog: an interview with 2012-2013 President Jack Martin

Did you vote in the ALA elections this year? I did, but it was the first time I’d done so since becoming a YALSA member in 2009. In previous years, I didn’t feel familiar enough with the organization–what would these candidates be doing if they were elected?–and I was overwhelmed by the long lists of names and the sheer number of positions I needed to choose people for. The elections seemed big and huge and unknown and unknowable. (I think this is, in part, responsible for the 17% voter turnout we saw this year.)

In the years since then, I’ve gotten to know YALSA and its structure a little better and as I’ve gotten more involved and met other members, I’m starting to recognize names on those lists of candidates, so the elections seem a lot less scary. I’ve also grown more invested in seeing YALSA (and ALA, too, I suppose, though I feel less connected to ALA than to YALSA) move in smart directions and in seeing good work be done by the organization, so voting seemed a lot more important to me this year.

And I know that ALA and YALSA can seem faceless and huge, but your vote does matter. If you look at the huge PDF with election results for ALA’s divisions and roundtables, you’ll find candidates who won by twenty votes, or ten votes, or even one vote in a few instances. If you have any preference at all for who runs ALA and your divisions and roundtables, you really, really need to vote. It matters.

Anyway, the elections came in about a month and a half ago, and I was excited to see that Jack Martin had been elected president for the 2012-2013 term. I recently had the opportunity to interview him for the YALSA blog, and in the course of responding to one of my questions, he used the phrase “more cool everything!” which I think is my new mantra at work and at home.

Click through for Jack’s thoughts on teens’ involvement in YALSA, raising YALSA’s profile nationally, creating opportunities for new members, and whether pirates or ninjas would emerge victorious in a fight.

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Leave a Comment June 10, 2011

YALSA Blog: volunteers needed for speed networking event at Annual

Are you attending ALA Annual 2011? Are you looking for a chance to get involved, help out, meet new people, and expand your professional network?

I’m helping to organize YALSA’s Speed Networking for Librarians event, and I need facilitators to help keep the conversations moving. I’ve written about this in more detail at the YALSA blog. If you’re interested in helping out, please email me–and even if you don’t feel up to facilitating, consider attending the event!

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Leave a Comment May 16, 2011

YALSA Blog: serving on the Mentoring Program Task Force

This summer I had my first opportunity to get involved with YALSA in a more concrete way than just blogging: I served on the Mentoring Program Task Force, which evaluated applications for YALSA’s new mentoring program and then paired up mentors and proteges. It was a great experience and it’s encouraged me to find more ways to serve within both national professional organizations like YALSA and local professional organizations like the Connecticut Library Association.

I’ve written a post for the YALSA blog reflecting on my task force experience. If you’re interested in getting involved with YALSA but aren’t sure where to start, I’d highly recommend a task force!

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Leave a Comment October 12, 2010


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