Hello! And welcome to a school year like no other. Personally, I am looking forward to a day, many years from now, when we will be telling stories about how we survived and thrived during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“Remember when we had to leave all the library books sitting unshelved for six months because we couldn’t go into the buildings?,” someone will say.
“Remember how we quickly changed our whole library into a totally virtual experience in two weeks?? It was amazing! And exhausting!,” someone else will say.
Together, we’ll celebrate the huge impact we made upon our school communities and raise our glasses to each other.
That will be a good day indeed.
But that day isn’t today, is it? Today, it’s time for us to get going! We’ve got more memories to make.
The MCEMSA Executive Board and I would like to extend our warmest welcome to our new media specialists as well as our returning colleagues. We are excited to find ways to create new opportunities for networking and professional learning for all of you.
We’ll begin the year with our Fall Membership Campaign. As a professional organization, our goal is to build a strong community and extend our reach. In these uncertain times, we will need a strong organization that we can rely upon for advocacy, leadership and professional learning. With this in mind, we decided to extend membership by one year for our current members with no additional dues. As well, we are offering new members a two-year membership for the price of one year. To make it even sweeter, we have some fantastic raffle prizes for everyone who registers or updates their membership, including two scholarships to the School Library Journal’s upcoming workshop, “Equity in Action: Fostering an Antiracist Collection.”
We are already at work, planning events for the coming year and you’ll find our calendar on the website. We welcome your ideas and feedback, so if you have an inspiration for a MCEMSA event, please reach out to any of the board members. Our organization’s strength is dependent upon your active participation.
We look forward to a great year learning and collaborating together!
Stacey P. Flynn