„Today, Roberta Stevens, outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and National Book Festival project manager, began her term as 2010-2011 president of the American Library Association (ALA). As ALA president, Stevens is the chief elected officer of the oldest and largest library organization in the world. Established in 1876, the American Library Association has nearly 63,000 members. Its mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all“.
„‚I am honored to be ALA’s president,‘ said Stevens. ‚At a time when libraries are encountering a perfect storm of increased usage and decreased support, I will focus on making broadly known the vital services we provide to millions of Americans each day. Libraries are a cornerstone of our democracy and our economy. Key elements of my presidential year will be helping libraries develop additional funding sources and leading advocacy initiatives by the nation’s most popular and beloved authors on our behalf. As president, I will do my utmost to ensure that our libraries — the envy of the world — are both prepared for, as well as preparing others for, the challenges of the 21st century.’“