Posted By Janis Stubbs,
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Let’s see…a few words about me. I’m the assistant director and district consultant for the Delaware County Library System. A few of my duties include adult collection development for ebooks and audio (love it), van delivery (not so much), and interacting with library boards (actually enjoy it). I joined PaLA when I first moved to Pennsylvania and it was still called PLA. I always went to conferences and took advantage of workshops, but it wasn’t until I became active in SEPLA that it hit me just how powerful membership is. It is powerful on a personal level in that I’ve met so many smart and talented and, most importantly, helpful people who became my friends. And I know they’re friends because they still take my phone calls in spite of the number of times I’ve bothered them with questions. It’s powerful on a professional level because—just like PA Forward says—success comes when we speak with a collective voice. The more of us there are, the better. The more patrons and trustees, too, that we can get to help make our case in Harrisburg, the better.
I feel so fortunate in being able to serve the association, having served a term on the board as Director-at-Large and as President last year. I’m on the PA Forward Steering Committee, the Membership Committee and the Legislative Information Committee, as well, and have been a mentor for PALS, PaLA’s incomparable leadership development program, four times. If I could commandeer the entire PaLA website to gush about PALS, I would, but just know that if you’re a new librarian and are interested in learning about leadership and meeting a lot of awesome people who, with any luck, will always take your phone calls no matter how many times you bother them, you should look into it. And if you’re not a member of PaLA, you should join, and if you are a member, go find somebody who isn’t and tell them how great it is!