Hello members, friends, and supporters of FLA,
I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as I begin the role as your new Executive Director. It is an honor to serve you and all library staff and volunteers throughout the Sunshine State and I look forward to the adventure that awaits.
My professional background includes 11+ years with non-profit organizations including the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects, Florida Foundation for Architecture and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. While at these associations, I learned organizational strategies and tactics that I believe will help fulfill FLA’s mission.
As your executive director, I commit to strengthening the collective voice of the profession so libraries are clearly heard by the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch; enhancing programs and benefits for members through technology advancements and robust communications channels; streamlining the strategic goals of the association at the direction of the FLA board of directors and committees; and seeking partnerships with allied organizations with an aim to strengthen the financial health of your association.
But, as we know, Rome was not built in a day and even Marvel Avengers “assemble” when saving the planet.
This is where I ask for your partnership. To create a sustainable organization and move FLA forward into the future, I ask that you, too, commit to FLA by volunteering your time on committees; answering important calls to action when library funding or programming is threatened; participating in FLA events and initiatives; donating to scholarship funds to build a pipeline of future leadership; and providing expertise and information by authoring articles for the Florida Libraries journal. Whether you have an hour to spare or a schedule that allows for ongoing participation, FLA needs your voice and engagement!
Together, we will continue the legacy of excellence the founding members entrusted to us more than 110 years ago.
I’d be remiss if I did not thank Dawn Pollock, Interim Executive Director, for her organized and thoughtful approach for the transition of this role. Her insight and assistance has been a gift to me and I know you’ll join me in wishing her the best in her retirement. Dawn will be with FLA through March 31 to ensure a smooth transition.
Lisa O’Donnell, CAE
P.S. Be sure to “Unleash Your Superpower” this spring and register for the FLA Annual Conference, scheduled May 23-25 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. The Conference Planning Committee has arranged an exciting and educational program that you won’t want to miss. I hope to meet you there!