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(via Tina Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Are you passionate about sustainability in libraries?  Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, consider running for SustainRT Coordinating Council!  We are looking for SustainRT Coordinating Council candidates for the following positions: coordinator-elect, secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large.  Officer position descriptions are in the SustainRT bylaws.  You can read below what the Coordinating Council is proposing at Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*.

Candidates must be ALA and SustainRT personal members in good standing.  Not a member?  Go to the ALA membership page to join or renew!

If you want to know more about these positions or if you want to nominate yourself, please contact Tina Chan ( by November 20, 2019.

From Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*:

Coordinator-Elect (Term: 3 years – coordinator-elect, coordinator, immediate past coordinator)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting, appoints committee chairs for the next Board year. Works with ALA Liaison to update Board listserv for coming year, updates org chart for coming year.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual, and preferably attend ALA Midwinter.

Secretary (Term: 2 years)

Records meeting minutes, submits for edits and posts to Connect within one week of each meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Treasurer (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board to the Membership Committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Member-at-large (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual or ALA Midwinter.

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(via Meg Galasso, Indiana University Kokomo)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2019-2020 committee chair:

Qiana Johnson (

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(via Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA Immediate Past President)

On behalf of the I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee, I am excited to share the news that nominations for the award are now open and run through October 21, 2019.

The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the public service contributions of exceptional public, school, college, community college and university librarians in the U.S. who have gone above and beyond to improve lives and make a difference in their communities. For the first time in the award’s history, the ten winners will be honored by their colleagues at an award ceremony during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January of 2020, in addition to receiving a $5,000 prize and travel stipend.

Past winners have powerful stories about how they transformed lives, including an academic librarian who stocks the library with non-perishable foods and toiletries for low-income students, a public librarian who created a book project to preserve refugees’ stories and a school librarian who uses therapy and certified reading dogs to help students who are struggling with anxiety or have disabilities.

Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony in January 2020, during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Every year, we look for ways to ensure the nomination pool reflects the diversity of the profession and represents all types of communities across the country. With that in mind, we hope you will help spread the word about the award in your local area and bring much deserved recognition to librarians and the incredible work they do every day. The electronic nomination form is available online at and on the I Love My Librarian webpage there are free promotional tools for libraries, library groups and library supporters to promote the award, including:

  • Flyer
  • Sample newsletter copy
  • Digital graphics
  • Social media copy
  • Press release template
  • Table tent

We are grateful for any promotional support you are able to provide in getting the news out about the award. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help with any efforts.

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(via the American Library Association)

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and Joint committees for the 2020-2022 term (beginning July 1, 2020). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.

The online committee volunteer form ( opened on Monday, July 15, 2019. To volunteer, please complete and submit the form electronically (be sure to select “ALA” in the drop-down menu on the main form). To be considered for the 2020-2022 term, forms must be submitted no later than September 30, 2019. Any forms received after this date will be considered for the next term (2021-2023).

President-Elect Jefferson will make committee appointments in consultation with both the Committee on Appointments (responsible for ALA and Joint committee appointments) and the Committee on Committees (responsible for Council committee appointments). Committee appointments will be completed by the ALA Midwinter Meeting in 2020, with notifications sent to appointed individuals in Spring 2020.

For more information on the various committees, please go to

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

ALA invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries who transform communities and improve lives. Nominations are being accepted online now through Oct. 21, 2019. Ten librarians will receive $5,000, a plaque, and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Jan. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia.

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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 and President-elect.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for these positions have until July 31st, to complete the form. All potential nominees must complete the Candidate Biographical Form available at You will be asked to create an account in order to access the form.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2020 spring election.

  • The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2020-21, as President in 2021-22, and as Immediate Past President in 2022-23.
  • The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2020 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2023 Annual Conference.

The ALA President and Councilors 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:

  • Emmanuel L. Faulkner, Sr. (Chair), Librarian, Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore, MD, (443)642-4511,
  • Matthew P. Ciszek, Library Director, Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, (814) 898-6377,
  • Carol Edwards, Independent Book Reviewer, Littleton, CO, (303) 794-1236,
  • Michelle Frisque, Chief of Technology, Content & Innovation, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL, (312) 747-4250,
  • Jill Gengler, Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, (217) 265-6252,
  • LeRoy LaFleur, Associate Director of Library Services, Ginn Library, Tufts University, Medford, MA, (617) 627-0854,
  • Janice S. Lewis, Director, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,

The 2020 ALA elections will take place March 9-April 1, 2020.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the ALA Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition will travel to 50 public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022.

Deadline to apply is August 9, 2019.

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(via Kavita Mundle, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Dr Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University, will be the featured speaker at the 2019 ALCTS President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Chatelain will discuss her forthcoming book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”  The presentation will be followed by discussion.                                                                                                                                   

* ALCTS President’s Program – featuring Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University

* Monday, June 24, 2019, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM                           

* Washington Convention Center, Room 146A

Dr. Chatelain’s presentation will be on her forthcoming book, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.”  In this book, she tells the story of black capitalists, civil rights leaders, and even radical nationalists who believed that their destiny rested with a set of golden arches.  She tells of an industry that blossomed at the very moment a freedom movement began to wither.  There are few generators of black wealth in the United States greater than fast food franchising. The days of black-owned funeral homes, insurance companies, and banks anchoring the central business district of the once labeled ‘colored sections’ of cities are long gone. In their places: McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, and other fast food joints flourish in the now segregated quarters of our cities, suburbs, and exurbs. We think we know the story of what the presence and impact of fast food in communities of color means. Poor people eat too much of it. The jobs it provides pay too little. Children are too enticed by it. How did we get here? How did fast food outlets spread across the South Side of Chicago, the central core of Los Angeles, and the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C.? How did a concept borne in the suburbs become a symbol of urban deficit-nutritional and economic?  Dr. Chatelain will discuss these topics and more.

Dr. Chatelain brings a rich background to the topic.  She is:

  • An Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University.
  • Writer on African American history, race, inclusive teaching, and food justice.
  • A 2019 Carnegie Fellow. Project Title: First-Generation Future: A History of First Generation College Students and How to Better Serve Them Now.
  • Author of the chapter, “The Politics of the Drive-Thru Window: Chicago’s Black McDonald’s Operators and the Demands of Community” in “Building the Black Metropolis: African American Entrepreneurship in Chicago (2017).
  • Named a “Top Influencer in Higher Education” by The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2016.
  • Member of the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, convened in 2015.
  • Author of the 2015 book, “South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration.”

Creator of the collaborative #FergusonSyllabus, a list of resources for educators that could be used to facilitate discussions about the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. This syllabus has been a model for similar teaching projects.

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(via Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, SCOE Chair)

Dear Members,

The long awaited preliminary recommendations from the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) are here for your analysis, comments, and input! These focus on building upon the strengths of ALA to embrace our mission and core values, to create alignment within our association, and to bring value to our members. Ultimately, we are looking towards our future as an association together, for the future of libraries and the future of information access. We hope these recommendations look at ways our association can cultivate and support member and staff leadership, engagement, and trust, as the SCOE considered options based on the urgency from member input, data trends and financial realities. This is truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a more efficient organization for future members and to address issues that have been decades in the making. (For a history on the work of SCOE, please visit and join our ALA Connect community.)

Briefly, SCOE’s preliminary recommendations include:

  • Responding to the urgency of member input, data trends and financial realities for a thriving future.
  • Redesigning the ALA Executive Board and Council for effective and efficient prioritization and broad member input.
  • Modernizing ways that members engage in the work of the association and with each other in the library community.
  • Channeling the function of Council through a new committee structure with less barriers where members will engage in the work of the Association through Committees, Task Forces and Advisory Communities that make direct recommendations to the Board and are accountable directly to the board.
  • Members engaging with each other through Divisions, Roundtables and Interest Groups.

We will be taking input and feedback and integrating comments from members into the next phase of our recommendations, which we hope will be final recommendations, but may become a round two of recommendations depending on the feedback we receive over the next few months.

We invite you to our virtual and in person presentations and have multiple avenues for providing feedback:

  • Virtually
    • Input Webinar on July 8th at 1pm Central: Jim Meffert and SCOE Chair, Lessa Pelayo-Lozada will present on the preliminary recommendations and solicit feedback via the webinar chat box. Register here
    • Reply to this thread in the SCOE ALA Connect community or the ALA Members community.
    • Email
  • In Person at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.
    • All sessions will be held in Washington Convent Center, Room 103B

Our committee has tried its best to integrate as much of the feedback as we could in to these preliminary recommendations thoughtfully and intentionally. We look forward to hearing your input over the next few months.


Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada

SCOE Chair

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(via Dawn Behrend, Lenoir-Rhyne University)

Planning to attend ALA Annual? The ACRL Membership Committee is hosting the ACRL 101 webcast, a one-hour interactive session, provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Washington, D.C., including what to bring, how to plan your schedule and navigate the city, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

Please join us for either session (or listen to the webcast afterwards):

ACRL Membership Committee ACRL 101: Making the Most of Annual Conference

Tuesday, June 11
3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT

Register here.

Wednesday, June 12
11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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