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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are accepted here, now through Monday, November 9, 2020. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, librarians have gone above and beyond to continue serving their communities, from offering digital programs and materials to providing hunger relief and much-needed Wi-Fi access. Nominees are encouraged to reflect on how their librarians’ creativity, passion and expertise have made an impact during these unprecedented times.

Ten librarians will each receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievements. Awardees will be honored at the virtual I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on Jan. 23, 2021, which will take place during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits; winners will also receive free full conference registration as part of their award packages. Since the award was established in 2008, library users nationwide have submitted more than 20,000 nominations detailing how librarians transformed their communities’ inclusivity, digital access and literacy. Over the last decade, only 120 librarians have received this distinguished honor. Last year’s winners included a school librarian who helps rural students discover new worlds through virtual reality technology, an academic librarian who leads a first-of-its-kind book club for adults with intellectual disabilities and a public librarian who created an innovative resource center for refugees and immigrants.

To be eligible for the award, each nominee must hold a master’s degree in library and information studies from a program accredited by the ALA or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Each nominee must be currently working as a librarian, or have been employed as a librarian on March 1, 2020, at a qualifying institution in the United States: public library, library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or library at an accredited K-12 school.

To view the full announcement, please go here.

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(via ACRL)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

Program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference are due Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2021 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December, 2020. More details about the Annual Conference program process, including the proposal form, are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

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(via the American Library Association)

In times of uncertainty, connection and conversation are more important than ever. This is what inspired the ALA Executive Board to launch a series of monthly conversations with you, our membership community. Initially a focus of President-Elect Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. to connect with members, ALA Connect Live is an opportunity to bring the ALA family and library community together to discuss our issues and challenges. These town hall-inspired conversations allow for an open dialogue with the Executive Board and with your fellow library professionals. Membership in ALA is not required to participate.

Join us for our August event.

What: ALA Connect Live: Reopening

Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr for the August ALA Connect Live program focused on reopening and recovery initiatives within libraries. With the academic school year kicking off, let’s gather to discuss how libraries are approaching reopening during the coronavirus. Connect with fellow librarians and leaders within our community to discuss how to approach and tackle the difficult questions that the new school year brings. Please submit your questions in advance here. Questions may cover any topic of interest to you, including your library’s reopening plans.

When: Thursday August 27, 1:00 PM CDT

Where: Zoom – After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar and an option to add the webinar to your calendar.

To register, please go here.

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(via Amber Hayes, American Library Association)

Intersections, ODLOS’ blog, is seeking blog posts from library workers and students on the following topics:

  • How you practice self-care in 2020 and/or any recommendations you have for those feeling overwhelmed.
  • Any anti-racism work your institution is doing.

Interested in writing for Intersections but on a different topic? We are also looking for bloggers to write about topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

Bloggers may submit interest here by Friday, August 7. First drafts will be due Friday, August 28.

If you are interested in any of the above writing opportunities, you can learn more about Intersections by visiting the blog here. The general criteria are listed below.

  • Articles are typically 350-600 words
  • Include 2-3 high-quality images
  • Content must be original (i.e. article is not published elsewhere)

Please feel free to share with any groups you think may be interested.

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(via ACRL)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

Program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference are due Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2021 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December 2020. More details about the Annual Conference program process, including the proposal form, are available here. Contact ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan, at mconahan@ala.org, with questions concerning the program proposal process.

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA 2021 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect. The new deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020.

During this unprecedented time, the ALA 2021 Nominating Committee acknowledges that more time is needed for interested candidates to consider and reflect as many focus on their institutions, communities and families. Members who wish to make nominations of others or themselves should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; and e-mail address to a member of the ALA 2021 Nominating Committee. Self-nominations are encouraged. All interested nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form. You will be asked to create or continue to complete your  account to access the form. Please remember to click on the “Submit” button to complete the Biographical Form. The form must be submitted no later than Friday, July 31, 2020.

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 2021 spring election. The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2021-22, as President in 2022-23, and as Immediate Past President in 2023-24. The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2021 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2024 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. If you have any questions or suggested nominees who should be contacted, you are encouraged to reach out to any member of the Nominating Committee for the 2021 ALA Election. (A list of member is available in the full announcement.)

The 2021 ALA election poll opens the second Monday in March (March 8) and the poll closes the first Wednesday in April (April 7).

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(via Ellyssa Kroski, New York Law Institute)

We are seeking contributing authors who would like to author projects in an upcoming book, 50+ Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Programs in Libraries, edited by Ellyssa Kroski and to be published by The American Library Association.

The publication 50+ Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Programs in Libraries will be 50+ an all-in-one guide to how to plan, organize, and run all types of new and emerging virtual events in libraries. Programs will range from simple gaming activities utilizing VR headsets to augmented reality events and exhibits in the library, to STEM educational programs. Programs encompassing new technologies such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and even mixed reality (MR) will also be included. Programs will also consist of those that instruct patrons how to make the most of their own equipment as well as develop applications with these technologies.

Each program will include step-by-step instructions, a materials and equipment list, budget, and recommendations for age ranges and type of library. Programs will range in cost, topic, and difficulty so there will be something for every size and type of library. This book will provide real-world programming ideas for public, school, and academic libraries. This will be an A-Z guidebook for how to implement these types of events, exhibits, tours, and more.

Publication Date: Early 2021

We are seeking project authors for these and other topics.

Virtual Reality Programs

Virtual Reality Programs encompass simulated gaming and educational experiences that are viewed through a specialized VR headset which provides images and sounds immersing the viewer in an artificial world. These types of programs involve using equipment ranging from inexpensive Google Cardboard viewers to costly Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. Virtual Reality is being used in libraries for gaming programs as well as training and educational programs that utilize applications such as Google Expeditions and CoSpaces to provide virtual field trips to landmarks and art museums, driver safety programs, 3D coding environments, and even simulated space exploration. These programs may involve organizing workshops, establishing lending programs, or teaching patrons to utilize their own VR equipment.

Program Example: How to Implement an Oculus Rift Gaming Program

Augmented Reality Programs

Augmented Reality incorporates virtual information such as images and videos as overlays on top of real-world environments and objects that can be viewed through the camera on a mobile device. AR programs in libraries encompass enhancing library exhibits, creating interactive book displays, engaging history programs, guided library tours, and scavenger hunts, as well as playing games such as the wildly popular Pokémon Go. Other programs may teach patrons how to design their own augmented reality layers with free applications.

Program Example: How to Create an AR Orientation Tour of Your Library

  • Mixed Reality Programs

Mixed Reality is a hybrid technology combining virtual reality and augmented reality to produce new environments and visualizations. Although still bleeding edge, libraries may choose to educate patrons about this tech and accompanying equipment including headsets such as the Microsoft HoloLens and new Google Glass.

Program Example: All About Developing for Mixed Reality

To express interest in submitting a program, please go here. The deadline to express interest in involvement is Saturday, August 15, 2020.

Please send any questions to Ellyssa Kroski, at ellyssakroski@yahoo.com.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. The project will fund film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries in 2020, and it will fund the creation of a suite of free programming resources about the climate crisis that will be available to all libraries.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 28.

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(via Sheryl Reyes–Director, Office of ALA Governance)

Nominations are being accepted for ALA honorary membership, the Association’s highest honor, which is bestowed on living citizens of any country whose contributions to librarianship or a closely related field are so outstanding that they are of significant and lasting importance to the whole field of library service.

Honorary members are elected for life by vote of the ALA Council upon recommendation of the ALA Executive Board.  Nominations will be reviewed during the ALA Executive Board’s 2020 fall meeting, and presented to Council for vote during the 2021 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Newly elected honorary members will be formally recognized at the Opening General Session during the 2021 ALA Annual Conference, June 24-29, 2021, in Chicago.

Members who wish to forward nominations must complete the online ALA Honorary member Nomination form.  The completed nomination packet, with all attachments, must be received no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  Posthumous nominations are not eligible for consideration.  Application is by electronic submission only.

Additional information about ALA honorary membership, plus a complete list of all honorary members elected since the designation was first awarded in 1893, is available at on the ALA Awards and Grants webpages. The most recent awardee (2018) is Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden.

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(via Elizabeth Brumfield, Prairie View A&M University)

Announcing the new ALA EDI Assembly!

At the 2020 Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Executive Board charged the ODLOS Advisory Committee with creating an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Assembly.  The purpose of this EDI Assembly is to provide a forum for all groups within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion to discuss their activities, identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination, and explore new initiatives related to the association’s strategic direction for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Who’s invited?

All groups within ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations working on initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusion are invited to send representatives. Individuals interested in equity, diversity, and inclusion are also welcomed to attend and participate. Volunteers will serve two-year terms on the assembly, with flexibility as needed.

How will it work?

The EDI Assembly will meet quarterly, starting with its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, August 4, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM CDT. We will use the ten principles outlined in the ALA EDI Implementation Working Group’s final report as a framework for our discussions, so that as we share the work we’re doing, we will map those principles to our work and identify gaps in what’s being worked on so that we can move towards a holistic culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

What are those ten principles again?

The ten principles are:

  • Communication
  • Courage
  • Centralization
  • Cultural competency/humility
  • Consistency
  • Cooperation & Collaboration
  • Coordination
  • Commitment
  • Change
  • Caring

How do I sign up?  

You can sign up for the EDI Assembly through the ALA Volunteer Form.

Choose ALA from the drop-down menu. You will have the option to choose from different committees; select EDI Assembly.

I still have questions!

Please contact Elizabeth Brumfield, incoming chair of the ODLOS Advisory Committee and convener of the EDI Assembly, at ejbrumfield@pvamu.edu.

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