Inaugural Brunch

July 2, 2014

Courtney Young gives her Inaugural speech. Photo by Peter HepburnOn Tuesday, ALA got a new president. Courtney Young began her term as 2014–2015 ALA President after being inaugurated at the Closing General Session by now Immediate Past President Barbara K. Stripling. During the Inaugural Brunch, Young thanked Stripling for her mentorship and the chance to develop a friendship she hopes will continue to help move the profession forward.

“Thank you for being the kind of librarian I want to be when I grow up,” Young said as she presented Stripling with personal thank-you gifts of jewelry.

The brunch was a fun-filled event with food, a DJ, and dancing. But Young became emotional while thanking her mother who passed away a few years ago, and her father who was in the audience. She expressed excitement for the year to come, and said she really wanted to focus on communicating the value of membership to other librarians.

Young also welcomed the new division presidents. They are:

AASL – Terri Grief

ALCTS – Mary Page

ALSC – Ellen Riordan

ACRL – Karen A. Williams

ASCLA – Kathleen Ann Moeller-Peiffer

LITA – Rachel Vacek

PLA – Larry P. Neal

RUSA – Joseph A. Thompson, Jr.

United for Libraries – Christine Lind Hage

YALSA – Christopher Shoemaker


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