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(via the American Library Association)

Looking for a path to leadership in ALA?  Volunteer for the ALA and Council Committee Associate Program!

The ALA and Council Committee Associates Program  provides an opportunity for you to become familiar with ALA structure, in particular its committees. As an Associate Committee member, you will:

  • Learn about ALA structure to prepare for an active role in ALA committees
  • Climb the ALA leadership ladder to positions of responsibility within ALA
  • Connect with library leaders through service and networking
  • Strengthen your leadership skills

Formerly known as the ALA and Council Committee Intern program, the Associate Program is open to any member who has never been appointed to a position on a Committee of the Association or a Committee of Council, nor held an elected office within the American Library Association or any unit of the Association (including its Divisions, Round Tables, etc.).

To apply, fill out online committee volunteer form.  For more information about the program, visit ALA and Council Committee Associate Program.

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(via Julie Warga, Kenyon College)

In July 2018, the Intellectual Freedom Committee formed a working group that brought multiple voices and a broad range of perspectives together, including representatives from the diversity community, to revise “Meeting Rooms: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights,” adopted by ALA Council at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. In August, Council voted to rescind the interpretation, restoring the 1991 version; however, work on a more up-to-date revision continued. The working group distributed a Google Form for suggestions on language and resources to include in the revised draft.

The working group collected feedback and suggested edits and took them into consideration.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee would appreciate feedback from the library community on this draft. ALA members and non-members alike are invited to provide feedback on the draft interpretation by September 14, 2018. Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

  • Use this Google doc to post your comments. The working group requests that you ONLY post comments on this document, and not edit the document directly. To post a comment, select “Insert” in the top menu, and then click “Comment.” Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into your Google account).
  • Post suggestions to this ALA Connect post, either as a comment or by attaching a “track changes” version of the provided Word document.

Please share this document widely. After the deadline, the working group will review comments and revise the document further. It plans to submit the draft to ALA Council no later than October 1, 2018. The committee also plans to publish a Q&A on meeting rooms, addressing specific questions brought up in discussions and feedback from the library community; this Q&A will be drafted after October 1.

Below are resources and references that will be included at the bottom of the web version of the Council-approved interpretation. Although this section – titled “See Also” – is not part of the proposed interpretation and is not adopted by ALA Council, the working group invites suggestions on additional resources that readers may find helpful:

Thank you for your feedback, and please let me know if you have any questions.

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Call for Nominations: I Love My Librarian Award (Deadline 10/1)

(via ACRL)

Nominations are open through October 1, 2018, for the I Love My Librarian Award. The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Nominate your favorite College, Community College, or University librarian today!

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Call for Nominations: 2019 ALCTS Awards (Deadline 12/1/18)

(via Brooke Morris, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One award honors an individual who shows outstanding promise in the field of serials, while the other recognizes an individual whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for either of these awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Dec. 1.

First Step Award 

The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section presents the award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant. The award provides librarians who are new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and encourages professional development and participation at American Library Association (ALA) conferences and Continuing Resources Section activities.  ALCTS members with five or less years of professional experience in the continuing resources field are eligible. The award consists of $1,500, donated by Wiley, and is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc. Eligible applicants may apply more than once. Winners will be chosen based on: commitment to professional development in the continuing resources field as shown by participation in continuing education activities, workshops and previous participation in professional activities; candidate’s written justification for the grant in terms of commitment to and interest in continuing resources related work; personal professional development; financial need; two letters of reference; and a vita.

Send nominations to: Ginger Wiliams, chair, First Step Jury

Visit the First Step Award page for more information.

Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award 

Presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, the award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company. The award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs; contributions to the body of serials literature; conduct of research in the area of serials; development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials; and other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials.

Send nominations to: Mary Page, chair, Ulrich’s Jury

Visit the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections.

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(via Beatrice Calvin, American Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The deadline to apply is Friday, August 31, 2018.  Apply now

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor nearly two-thirds of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders web page or contact the EL project manager at

The ALA Emerging Leaders program is managed by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR).

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(via JoAnne Kempf, American Library Association)

Wanda Kay Brown, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, encourages members to serve on an ALA, Council or joint committee for the 2019-2021 term (terms start on July 1, 2019). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.

The online committee volunteer form opens on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, and closes on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. To volunteer, please complete and submit the form electronically (be sure to select “ALA” in the drop-down menu on the main form).

Committee appointments will be finalized at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with notifications sent out in early spring, 2019. President-Elect Brown chairs both the Committee on Appointments (responsible for ALA and joint committee appointments) and the Committee on Committees (responsible for Council committee appointments).

Volunteers are sought for, among others, the following ALA, Council, and joint committees. (To see a complete list, please go to

·         Chapter Relations (must be ALA chapter or divisional affiliate member, eight of 11 committee members should have state library association [chapter] leadership or committee experience)

·         Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) Advisory

·         Intellectual Freedom

·         Literacy

·         Research and Statistics

·         Training, Orientation and Leadership Development

The charge and composition of each committee can be found here: and here:

In addition to ALA, Council, and joint committees, you may also volunteer to serve on two subcommittees of the Committee on Diversity using the ALA volunteer form: the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee (seeking individuals with experience conducting a research project, including writing research proposals, budgets, conducting and analyzing research) and the Spectrum Advisory Committee (60% of the committee members should be alumni of the Spectrum Scholarship Program). Please note that ALA President-Elect Brown does not make subcommittee appointments. These appointments are made by the ODLOS Advisory Committee Chair in consultation with outgoing subcommittee chairs and staff liaisons. Please direct questions about the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee to Jody Gray ( and questions about the Spectrum Advisory Committee to Gwendolyn Prellwitz (

For technical assistance or for more information on the committee appointments process, contact JoAnne Kempf, Committee on Appointments and Committee on Committees staff liaison (

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(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College)

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC (June 20-25, 2019)?

Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) would like to encourage you to submit program proposals for one-hour informational sessions at ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! Please note that you will not be submitting directly to the VRT Program Committee but through the ALA Program Proposal Submission Site (login or create a new account to enter).

The deadline to submit a proposal is August 31, 2018! Instructions are available online.

Sample ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
  • Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collections?
  • Have you made library promotional videos?
  • Have you created video tutorials?
  • Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?
  • Have you created a media center for your patrons?
  • Do you work with your patrons in video creation?
  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?
  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?

ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome.

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(via Dr. Jen Sweeney, Simmons College)

The American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table is now accepting proposals for programs for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference.  Research-related presentations of all kinds are encouraged.  This CFP is in addition to the competitive 2019 LRRT Research Forum which will be open later this fall.

For information about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 Annual Conference to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2019, as well as a link to the submission site, please visit:

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Closes: August 31, 2018

Final Decisions: November 9, 2018

Schedule of Sessions Announced: December 5, 2018

For more information, please contact Jen Sweeney at

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large, President-elect and Treasurer.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for any of these positions have until 9:00 AM CST on Friday, August 3, to complete the form. 

All potential nominees must complete the Candidate Biographical Form, which is available here. You will be asked to create an account in order to access the form.

The Nominating Committee will select no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2019 spring election.  The elected Councilors-at-large and Treasurer will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2019 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2022 Annual Conference. The elected President-elect will serve a three-year term beginning at the end of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference – the first year as president-elect, second year as president, and third year as immediate past president.

The ALA officers also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Questions about running for office may be directed to any member of the Nominating Committee, which includes several Illinois librarians.

  • Alexandra P. Rivera, Chair, Student Enrichment and Community Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, 734-764-7037,
  • Jason K. Alston, Information Literacy Librarian, Costal Carolina University, Conway, SC, 847-349-2415,
  • Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA, 916-278-7508,
  • H. Frank Cervone, Director, SPHIT, University of Illinois at Chicago, 312-996-3816,
  • Audrey P. Church, Professor, Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 434-395-2682
  • Veronda J. Pitchford, Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Burr Ridge, IL, 630-734-5000,
  • Lian Ruan, Director/Head Librarian, Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign, IL, 217-333-8925,
  • Rivkah Sass, Library Director, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA, 916-264-2830,
  • John Spears, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO, 719-531-6333,

The 2019 ALA elections will take place March 11 – April 3, 2019.

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(via Kim Copenhaver, Eckerd College and Past President of Florida ACRL)

Dear colleagues,

If you will be in New Orleans on Monday,  I urge you to attend one of the remaining small group discussions taking place during ALA Annual regarding the future structure of ALA. It is critical for ACRL members to participate in these conversations! Please add one or more of the following meetings to your conference schedule.

Open small-group discussions are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich
  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 2:30-3:30 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich

Best regards,

Kim Copenhaver

Past President, Florida Chapter of ACRL

ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review:  Steering Committee

Announcement from 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal — 6/19/2018

At its 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the ALA Executive Board called upon ALA stakeholders to “consider what it would take to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies, and rules with the Association’s 21st century values, key action areas, and strategic directions.” The Midwinter 2018 Discussion Document quoted the mission of the American Library Association — “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” – and asked us to consider how we might fulfill that mission in the 21st century. It also proposed a set of “Guiding Principles” for the work ahead. 2017-2018 ALA CD #35.1 summarizes the Midwinter Meeting discussion and lays out an 18-month timeline for the Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review process.

The Steering Committee will work collaboratively with an Executive Team including 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal, ALA Executive Director Mary Ghikas, Steering Committee Chair Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada and an external consultant.  The selection of the external consultant is still in process.

As we proceed together through this process of discovery and reimagination, there will be many choices to make.  We will be presented with alternative paths, organizational values that are sometimes in conflict, competing visions of an ideal ALA.  Helping us navigate that decision landscape is the essential work of the Steering Committee.

During the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, there will be several opportunities to explore our vision for tomorrow’s ALA through discussion of four questions:

  • What do you think is the most important thing to do to improve ALA’s effectiveness?
  • What are your thoughts about a possible shift from a structure based on standing committees to one that would largely be based upon as-needed groups, with a core of standing committees?
  • What if ALA had a much stronger relationship with State Chapters/State Associations – one that would be supported by an effective structure?
  • What do you think about the possibility of a different governance structure, one in which there might be a different Executive Board/Council composition/structure/relationship?

Open small-group discussions are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich
  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 2:30-3:30 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich

Thank you to members of the newly-appointed Steering Committee for committing their time, attention and varied perspectives to this important work on behalf of their Association.  Thank you also to members of the working group of the ALA Executive Board — Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, Patty Wong and Andrew Page – for bringing us to this point, and to Maureen Sullivan and Nancy Kranich for bringing their facilitation expertise and experience to advance the discussion.

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