February 17, 2018

At Midwinter, Gorman, Stripling Present Platforms

By LJ Staff

Michael Gorman, dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, and Barbara Stripling, director of library programs at New Visions for Public Schools in New York City, are both E-board members and candidates for the 2005-2006 ALA presidency. At a candidates’ forum, Stripling championed building communities. She supports an association-wide strategic recruitment plan and expansion of the Spectrum scholarship program. Gorman said he would advocate for core values and issues. He referred to the fragmentation and specialization within ALA. “We are librarians first, school librarians second,” he said. Library education must attract diversity, he declared, also voicing support for the Spectrum initiative.

Asked how many priorities one association can have, Stripling focused on 21st century literacy, including civil and cultural literacy, diversity, and empowering citizens. Gorman said ALA should formulate priorities by standing by our core values of intellectual freedom and preservation of the human record.