Magazine article American Libraries

Statement by Katina Strauch, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)

Magazine article American Libraries

Statement by Katina Strauch, Candidate for ALA President. (ALA Election)

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Thank you ALA for giving me the opportunity to show my commitment to the profession that I love. As a 22-year continuous member of ALA, I have worked in public, academic, and special libraries as both a library technical assistant and a professional librarian--first as a volunteer in the public library children's department; then as a catalog maintenance librarian; a geology librarian; and after library school as a nursing, medical, Area Health Education Center librarian; a technical college librarian; and currently as a head of acquisitions and collection development.

People who know me describe me as a high-energy and creative person. They call me an innovator, a risk-taker, a mentor, and a role model. I like to make things happen and bring people together to discuss issues and build coalitions. That's why over 21 years ago I founded the Charleston Conference, an informal and noncommercial annual meeting for publishers, vendors, and librarians, and, a few years later, Against the Grain, a journal linking publishers, vendors, and librarians.

I believe passionately in information literacy, the importance of archiving electronic information, the value of librarianship as a profession, and the new library as the community information center. I work on the frontlines as a grassroots librarian. And I will be a frontline, grassroots president working for more input directly from the membership.

Empowering users

Our common goal should be to provide access to current, accurate information for everyone. Librarians must teach users the value of quality, current, helpful, and reliable information.

Preserving access

Archiving electronic materials must move to the forefront of ALA's agenda. Fair use of and access to digital information for all users are imperative to sustain democracy.

Our profession

Demographic and statistical information about the profession, our numbers, characteristics, and geographic distribution as well as our status and pay must be compiled systematically by ALA and shared freely and regularly with members. I wholly support the work of Mitch Freedman's Task Force on Pay Equity and will strive to continue this work if elected.

Work smarter

Today's libraries are community information centers providing access within their walls and beyond. …

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