President’s Message: Fred Dingledy

The smoke from the fireworks has cleared, the July Fourth barbecues are but a memory.
Welcome to the middle of summer.

It’s been quite a year for VALL so far; we’ve had a successful Winter meeting at George Mason University School of Law, and a very enjoyable Spring meeting with the Virginia chapter of SLA at Washington and Lee School of Law. My thanks go out to the hosts of both these meetings for their generous help. My thanks also to Leanne Battle and the 2008-09 Executive Board for a year well-done. I am thrilled to be taking the baton from Leanne Battle and hope to serve you well as president, along with the 2009-10 Executive Board.

Tony Ikwueme and his Program Committee are hard at work on events for the upcoming year. On July 27, we will be meeting at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant during AALL, and in Spring 2010, we will be meeting in Williamsburg during the SEAALL Annual Meeting. We’ll keep you up-to-date with more details on upcoming meetings as they develop.

The year ahead will be full of challenges. The current economy has meant tough times and tight budgets for libraries of all sizes and specialties. It is during times such as these that I hope VALL can truly be of service to you, the members who make VALL possible. Take advantage of what we can offer you, whether it be applying for a grant to attend a meeting, using the new VALL wiki to get some practice with Web 2.0, or simply communicating with your fellow members. VALL’s committees are always looking for new volunteers, so be sure to let me know if you’re interested.

Best wishes to all of you, and I hope to meet up with many of you in DC! Enjoy the rest of summer!


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