I am honoured to lead CALL/ACBD as we enter our 60th year. And I’m delighted to welcome our new board—George Tsiakos, Yemisi Dina, Jennifer McNenly, Martha Murphy, Kim Clarke, and Julie Lavigne, and to see Shaunna continue as Past President. It was my honour to serve with, observe, and learn from Shaunna Mireau; she’s an incredible leader. I also thank 2019-2021 board members for their service and vision. I learned much from the privilege of working with them.
The conclusion of our 59th year pointed us in some exciting and important directions. The term we just concluded was the last time a vice president will serve solo for CALL/ACBD for two years, and it was my privilege, if a challenging one, to do so. Our 60th will be an exciting year, what with a name change to discuss, among other things! This will be a year of some firsts too. This is the first time a CALL/ACBD president will serve for a single year—and I’ll make the most of my year as president.
In other firsts, I am the first person of colour to be president of CALL/ACBD. I am also the first president to lead CALL/ACBD while a Canadian living on lands not in Canada. I’ve lived in many places, and right now I’m living in Ithaca NY, located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). I will represent all members of our association with dedication, and I am honoured to reflect some unique standpoints not previously embodied in a president.
It’s now trite to say we have no real template for what lies ahead—other than that we’ve bound ourselves to discuss a name. New modes of communication are expected in many workplaces, yet infrastructure is not yet available to all. Many of us are planning or undertaking new services and challenges, and many of us are searching for resources to help us.
Our responsibilities are challenging, while our opportunities are many. Our expertise and advocacy are called upon, whether internally in our organizations, locally, nationally, or even globally. It’s time, whether we asked or not, to re-envision not only legal information work and law libraries, but also our association and our activities. I look forward to a year of active engagement with, and listening to, you.
Kim Nayyer, President, CALL/ACBD