Presidential Message, SALALM LXVI

I'm writing in the last weeks...

I'm writing in the last weeks of what feels like the longest year in memory. These past months have been an exercise in imaging three or four tenuous paths for the near future while managing only to put one foot in front of the other. One day soon we'll be able to sit in fellowship and share stories of this challenging time, to honor SALALM members taken by the pandemic, and to untangle its consequences on our work. We'll also be able to celebrate the resiliency, flexibility and creativity with which our organization has faced this year and that we were able to make leaps and bounds, that we were able to dance in a year of twilight.

Our recent initiative, SALALM Resolution: Collection Development in the Time of Covid-19 has been a generative roadmap because it reaffirmed our long-standing commitment to collaboration with our vendors, with our national and international colleagues, and with our library users. The resolution bore conversations with organizations working with international collections, library administrators and leaders and with scholars in our field that highlighted SALALM's historical commitment to collection development. The statement encompassed local, networked and open access collection strategies, a triaged approach that we have been working on for decades to buttress our libraries and user needs in the face of long-standing challenges. In the fog of the pandemic we have our colleagues on the Collection Development and Equity in the Time of Covid-19 Task Force to thank for guiding us through the iterative organizational conversations that led us back to ourselves and our values.