I was even more in awe of Dr. Dresang when my friend Francey Harris pulled her over at a YALSA All-Committee meeting many years ago. I had expressed my fond (and I thought, ridiculously aspirational) desire to have her speak at a preconference I was chairing, and she was gracious enough to accept. And appear. And speak with her trademark gentleness and charm.
The ALLA Conference is kicking off today. I remember talking about Radical Change at the 2008 YASRT session which started my work in earnest with that organization. There are so many things I owe to her ---
- She delivered the opening keynote at that 2010 YALSA preconference on nontraditional reading
- She provided the theoretical base for my dissertation research
- She was extremely kind about my own work, and said out loud that she thought it would be significant