Faced with the present harsh economic situation, the tasks ahead for a new President of an association like VALL are many. Despite the many challenges, particularly the dwindling budgetary allocations for professional development by member institutions and law firms which in turn affect most VALL functions, I offer my commitment to take the mandate you have given me in accomplishing credible results during my tenure. In making such a bold projection, I have an unflinching belief in the good nature of VALL members who are ever-ready to help when called upon.
In the course of my stewardship, I will endeavor to advance a three-point agenda for VALL, viz: (i.) timely and effective use of technology, including VALL list serve, VALL Wiki and VALL Blog to disseminate information and generate greater interest in VALL programs; (ii.) to come up with a draft list of programs for my administration soon after I take over office so that members can plan well in advance and be able to make necessary arrangements to attend VALL functions; and (iii.) to liaise with the program committee to ensure that VALL meetings are constructive and educational while balancing the interests of the academic, public and law firm librarians that make up our association.
I invite every member to work with me so that we can actualize these goals. I know we can do it, for where there is a will, there is a way. My message will be incomplete without acknowledging the invaluable assistance I received from the immediate past president and some members and past executives of VALL.
I also thank my director and colleagues at Liberty University School of Law library who have committed to support me during my tenure so that I can give my best effort to VALL. And to every member of VALL, I promise to run a transparent administration. I count on your time, talent, and treasure in making my tenure a success.
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