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  • 1.  New Year Wishes (from the ALA President)

    Posted Dec 22, 2022 02:51 PM

    Dear Colleagues,

    Thank you for a great 2022. 

    Although it was a busy and difficult year for many of us, with challenges in both our personal and professional lives, reflecting on and capturing the moments that made it all worthwhile, no matter how big or small, will help carry us into creating an exceptional 2023.

    I will be reflecting on my first six months as ALA President and the privileges and opportunities I've had to represent our association and profession around the world. Hearing library workers' stories of creating community, changing lives, and embracing change have inspired me in my own professional work and my work as a leader. It has brought new energy to the work of our association and how we work together. I thank you all for sharing with me and challenging all of us to do better.

    Although it will continue to be difficult, I look forward to our next six months together as we continue to unite against book bans. As we face these challenges, we must embrace each other in community and embrace moments of joy, strengthening ourselves for the personal toll this work can take on us. The ALA I know is one that stands up for what is right, and we will continue doing so because of passionate members and allies. Our communities will be stronger in the end because of the efforts we put forth every day.

    It is an honor to be an ALA member with each of you and I look forward to continuing to work together in solidarity and with hope in the year to come.

    Well wishes for a happy new year.

    Me ka mahalo nui,


    Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada
    ALA President, 2022-2023
    Adult Services Assistant Manager, Palos Verdes Public Library

  • 2.  RE: New Year Wishes (from the ALA President)

    Posted Dec 22, 2022 02:59 PM

    Thank you Lessa for your leadership. You are truly an inspiration!


    I have truly enjoyed working alongside all of you and believe in this association, its members and its future. I have found so much value and personal growth in being a part of this work, and I wish you all happy holidays and rest and relaxation.


    Christina Rodriques, MLIS  (she/her/hers)

    OCLC · Senior Program Manager & ARC Liaison, Member Relations

    6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017

    T +1-614-764-6054

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    ALA Executive Board, 2021-2024



  • 3.  RE: New Year Wishes (from the ALA President)

    Posted Dec 23, 2022 01:21 AM
    President Pelayo-Lozada,

    Your commitment to the work of the association is always evident. And your positivity and proactive nature is seen and welcomed. Thank you and each and every board member for your stewardship of library services in this country and beyond!!


  • 4.  RE: New Year Wishes (from the ALA President)

    Posted Dec 22, 2022 04:51 PM



    Happy holidays dear friend and it is such a joy working with you and all of our colleagues.  You stretch us and ask us to think in a broader way and that's what we need.  Thank you for your leadership and your fearlessness and diplomacy.


    Here's to the great work ahead for all of us.




    Patty Wong

    City Librarian

    Santa Clara City Library

    2635 Homestead Road

    Santa Clara, CA  95051

    (408) 615-2932

    (669) 388-2714 (cell)


    American Library Association Immediate Past President 2021-2022