Blogging ALA from an ACRL Section Chair’s Perspective

A couple of summers ago, I was approached by a member of the ACRL section with which I am most involved and was asked to run for vice-chair/chair-elect of the section. I agreed to do so, assuming that I’d at least have some competition on the ballot. Big surprise – there wasn’t! So I was pretty much a shoo-in winner for the position.

Last Midwinter and Annual (2005) I was Vice Chair of the section – a volunteer position that has its benefits and drawbacks. Mostly I spent time trying to get people who wanted to be on committees to fill out forms correctly, in a timely fashion, and then turned those over to ACRL. I also helped facilitate a discussion group at Midwinter. Not too taxing.

Being chair is a whole different ball of wax. So as to help others who might be interested in someday serving as an ACRL section chair (for one of the smaller numbers-wise sections), I thought I’d blog my ALA Annual experiences this year.

So far my calendar looks like this:

Friday
4:00 a.m. – leave my house for flight at too-early-o’clock
10:30 – arrive New Orleans
11:30-1:30 – ACRL New Leader Orientation (participant)
2:00-4:00 – ACRL Leadership Council (participant) *
4:30-5:30 – ACRL Sections Council (participant) *
6:30-??? – Drinks and dinner with the LSU Ex-Pats crew

Saturday
10:30-12:30 – WSS Leadership Orientation (on agenda) *
1:30-3:30 – Introduction to Women’s Groups in ALA (running the meeting, rotates between WSS, FTF, and COWSL) *
4:00-5:00 – WSS General Membership Meeting (running) *
5:00-?? – WSS Social Hour (going) *

Sunday
8:00-10:00 – WSS 2006 Program Planning Committee (co-chair) *
10:30-12:30 – WSS All Committees (to observe, not take part) *
4:00-6:00 – WSS Executive Committee (chair) *

Monday
8:00-12:00 – WSS Program: Doing Information Literacy Differently: The View from Interdisciplinary Studies (co-chair) *
12:00-12:30 – informal meeting with folks on a committee to plan work before Midwinter

Tuesday
8:00-2:00 – ALA/Katrina Volunteer Day
2:00 – taxi to airport for flight that doesn’t get home until too-late-o’clock

* I’m required to be at all of the meetings with an asterisk.

So over the course of the next several days, I’ll blog about my experiences at this ALA, to let folks get a bit of a taste of what being a section chair for a smaller ACRL section is like.

[tags]ALA 2006, New Orleans, ACRL, WSS[/tags]

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