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(via Paula Martin, University of Wyoming)

Please join the Librarian Education Reform Discussion Group for our March presentation and discussion, “The Struggle to Diversify Library Staff”. Our presenter will be Jill Hurst-Wall, President of Hurst Associates, Ltd. and Professor Emerita in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Our format is a short presentation, followed by breakout rooms for discussion. Ms. Hurst-Wahl recommends the following blog posts to help frame the discussion.

The event is on Tuesday, March 9, at 12:00 PM CDT. Please register here. Join the discussion at any time on ALA Connect or Facebook.

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(via the American Library Association)

Registration is now open for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. The meeting will take place virtually, from Wednesday, June 23, to Tuesday, June 29. The event will include educational programming, the News You Can Use series, memorable featured speakers, special author events, The Library Marketplace, Presidents’ Programs, Discussion Groups, leading authors, live-chat presentations, and networking opportunities.

The Annual Conference & Exhibition will launch on Wednesday, June 23, with the Library Marketplace showcasing more than 500 exhibitors, Presentation Stages that will highlight notable keynotes, sessions on new book titles, knowledgeable library experts, innovative resources, networking opportunities, give-a-ways, and more. An impressive list of Featured Speakers will be announced soon.

Stay in touch and get updates through the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual) website, and by following social media (see the event website for specifics).

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(via ACRL)

The American Library Association is currently accepting applications for Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, a grant initiative that will distribute nearly $2 million to libraries. All library types are eligible, and college, university and community college libraries are especially encouraged to apply.

Participating libraries will receive training in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to 21st-century librarianship. Library workers will complete a free ALA e-course on basic facilitation skills; host at least one conversation with community members on a chosen topic; and receive $3,000 to support community engagement efforts on your campus or in your larger community. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, including staff time and collections and technology purchases.

For more information, and to apply, please go here. The deadline is Thursday, March 4.

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(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)

The American Library Association has announced that the 2021 Annual Conference will take place virtually. Registration opens on Monday, March 1, at 12:00 PM CDT. The event was originally scheduled for June 23-29 in Chicago.

To view the full announcement, please go here. Watch the Conference website for more information as it becomes available.

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(via Laura Sare, Texas A&M University)

The editors of the open-access journal DttP: Documents to the People are soliciting submissions for upcoming issues. We are interested in publishing articles on government information and government activities at the local, state, national, and international or intergovernmental levels.

We are especially interested in articles regarding government and current events. The following are examples of potential topics.

  • open data and the sharing of data, including public data, particularly COVID-19 and health care data and census data
  • government/civic efforts and policies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on government services and funding
  • data and evidence-based policy-making
  • elections, voting laws and procedures

Submissions can be formatted as research articles, case studies, or informational articles; or as multiple author discussions of a topic and are editorially reviewed. The editors are open to other formats as long as they fit the scope of DttP, which focuses on government information and its use.

For more information, consult DttP’s Guidelines and Instructions for Authors. Any questions can be directed to Lead Editor Laura Sare, at dttp.editor@gmail.com. DttP is the official journal of ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT).

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(via Emily Bergman)

The American Library Association and the jury for the Beta Phi Mu encourage you to submit nominations for someone who deserves to be known for their work in education for librarianship. The award consists of $1,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  This annual award is for a library school faculty member or an individual. Self-nominations are welcome. To submit your nomination, you’ll need a statement indicating this nominee’s distinguished contributions to education, indicating why the candidate is worthy of the Beta Phi Mu Award. Supporting evidence or testimonials are also welcome.

More details are available here. The deadline is Monday, February 1.

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(via Qiana Johnson, Northwestern University)

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 27th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2021 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 about 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 proposals for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of proposals. 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 Monday, January 4, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 15th, 2021. 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 semicolons 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.

Submissions and questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2020-2021 committee chair:
Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu).

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(via RAILS)

Registration is open for ALA Midwinter Virtual. Current ALA Student Members are invited to register at no cost. ALA Members who have recently been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction of paid work hours are invited to register at no cost. Registration closes on Friday, January 15, 2021.

The conference will take place on January 22-26 (Friday-Tuesday). The featured speaker is actor and author Ethan Hawke. Visit the Midwinter webpage for session details and more.

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(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)

Registration is now open for the upcoming ALA Virtual Council Meeting on Forward Together. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM CDT. The Forward Together Working Group will provide an update on its initiatives, which include the information feedback sessions the Group has been hosting every other Friday on the different areas of the SCOE Recommendations.

ALA members are welcome to attend the Virtual Council Meeting as observers. Meeting information, including the link to registration, is below. Check here for additional information, such as the agenda and background documents, as it becomes available.

Virtual Council Meeting – Thursday, December 3
Topic: Forward Together Update
Date: Thursday, December 3
Time: 2:00-4:00 PM CDT
Register here

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(via Qiana Johnson, Northwestern University)

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 27th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2021 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 about 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 proposals for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of proposals. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for Selection

  • Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
  • Quality: Research design and methodologies
  • 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 Monday, January 4, 2021. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 15th, 2021. 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:

  • Title of the project
  • Explicit statement of the research problem
  • Description of the research design and methodologies
  • Findings or results if available
  • 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 2020-2021 committee chair: Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu).

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