BUILDING COMMUNITY

I have always been inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s call to action:
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

I accepted the nomination for the 2005 presidency of the American Library Association as a call to action! Together we can make the changes we want to see in the world. I hope you will join with me in Building Community.

Librarians fulfill a public trust by creating communities of freedom, diversity, and equity that empower individuals of any age or background to participate fully in the world.

The health of these communities cannot be taken for granted. Our libraries are being challenged to build community every day by standing up for the rights of individuals. Our Association is being challenged to build a professional community that strengthens each of us and our local communities in turn.

As your President, I will champion efforts to build community locally and professionally.

BUILDING COMMUNITY LOCALLY
Libraries build community by connecting people to vital information, enhancing skills to use information effectively, and providing a public forum for the exchange of ideas. Equitable access to information and 21st century skills empower individuals to participate and thrive in a digital-age democratic society.