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(via Ebony McDonald, Louisiana State University)

FAFLIG (the American Library Association’s Federal & Armed Forces Libraries Interest Group) is now seeking content for its July, 2022, newsletter! We would most love to hear from others in or interested in federal and military libraries about the following topics.

  • Work practices of federal and military librarians: Are you working on a new project? Is there a job-specific tool or resource that you wish to promote? Are there specific skill sets that are needed to advance the profession?  Is there a particular problem that you are seeking to solve or a developing trend in fed/mil libraries that is on your mind?
  • Human interest stories: Have you recently had a job change such as a promotion, retirement, or even a new hire? Has a library opened, closed, or even been renovated? Any accomplishments that you wish to share? What is it like working at your library, especially if it is abroad; as a retired fed/mil librarian; or as a new fed/mil librarian?
  • Professional opportunities: Are you hiring or anticipating hiring? Is there a professional development, training, or networking event that you would like to promote or for which you are seeking collaborators? Do you have any tips or tricks for those seeking to enter or move up in fed/mil libraries?

If you have any stories to share, please submit content ideas and/or a complete story in 200 words or less with your name, location, and the agency that you work for (if applicable) to FAFLIG.ALA@gmail.com by 11:00 AM CDT on Sunday, July 10.  If you prefer to be published anonymously or using a pseudonym, please indicate that in your email.

The newsletter will be published on ALA Connect and FAFLIG’s social media pages in an accessible PDF format on Friday, July 29.  Since it cannot happen without news and updates from you, FAFLIG thanks you in advance for participating!

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(via Maoria Kirker, George Mason University)

We are excited to share that an edited volume, tentatively titled Person-Centered Management in Academic Libraries, will be published in 2024 by ALA Editions. This volume will be edited by Dani Brecher Cook, Maoria J. Kirker, and Diann Smothers. We are currently soliciting proposals for chapters that relate to the overall theme of person-centered management.

At this point, we envision including three types of chapters: Theory (3-4,000 words), Practical (3-4,000 words), and Reflective (1,000 words) chapters. We encourage and welcome ideas beyond these categories, as well as chapters that mix these approaches.

We welcome submissions by current, former, and aspiring managers; new and experienced writers; and practitioners from community colleges, colleges, and universities.

You can view the full call for proposals and submission form here.

Proposals are due Friday, July 29, at 10:59 PM CDT. All proposals will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of August, 2022.

Please send any questions you have about the book to the editors, at personcenteredmanagement@gmail.com.

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, or COSWL, will present a complimentary webinar, “Women in Librarianship and Wellness”, on Tuesday, June 7, at 1:00 PM CDT.

Recent natural and man-made crises around the world have significantly impacted library workers’ wellness. Join the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship for a lively  conversation with library leaders sharing recommendations and best practices on how we can foster wellness for ourselves and others. The format includes a rapid round of brief presentations from the speakers and a question-and-answer session.

Speakers include the following people.

  • Emily Drabinski, soon to be ALA President-Elect, and Chief librarian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Shauntee Simpson, President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Manager of School Outreach for The New York Public Library
  • Cindy Hohl, Past President of the American Indian Library Association, and Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Branch Operations
  • Robin Kear, Faculty Librarian,  University Senate President at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair COSWL, ALA President 2018-2019,  and International Library Consultant

Register now here. Space is limited. This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants who may not be able to attend the live event.

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(via María Emerson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Please join the ALA NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Program Committee for its June program, “Caregiving and Working During the Pandemic”. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 12:00 PM CDT. This program will be a panel of librarians that discuss caregiving and working during the pandemic. Please find a more detailed program description and panelist information below.

There are many ways we can find ourselves as caretakers and many individuals we can find ourselves caretaking: our children, our parents, our partners, etc. When COVID-19 first hit and the shutdown happened, many people found themselves juggling work in addition to caregiving at the same time. The NMRT Online Program Committee is hosting a panel of librarians and HR library staff to share their experiences of caregiving during the shutdown while still working and providing services to their library users.

The webinar will be recorded. If you require accommodations to fully participate in the webinar, please contact Kimberly Redd at KLredd@ala.org.

To register, please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Speakers

DoMonique Arnold (@University High School Library)

DoMonique Arnold joined the University High School Library in August 2016, and in her work there she wears many hats. She is constantly brainstorming ways to further engage students and staff in the mission and vision of their library (not to mention she loves handing books to teenagers). Before that, she worked in the non-profit sector after graduating with her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Kristina Vela Bisbee (Associate Director of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement @Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries of Vanderbilt University)

Kristina Vela Bisbee is the Associate Director of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries of Vanderbilt University. She holds an MSLIS and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An AmeriCorps alum, Kristina worked in community media and education before becoming a librarian.

Lizzette Guerra (Librarian @Orange Public Library)

Lizette Guerra is currently a Librarian at the Orange Public Library. She has close to 17 years of experience working in archives and libraries including the Citrus College, the California Institute of the Arts, the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Autry National Center, and various institutions in Mexico and Guatemala. Today her work continues to focus on social justice, community engagement, literacy, and preservation of material and oral histories.

Wendy Williams-Clark (Director, Human Resources for the Division of Student Affairs @University of California, Riverside)

Wendy Williams-Clark is the Director of Human Resources for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.  She holds an MBA and is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Phoenix.  Wendy previously served as the Interim Director of Library Human Resources and Organizational Design in the University Library at UC Riverside before transitioning into Student Affairs, where she provides management and oversight of all human resources services for 3 Organizations with 40+ units.

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(via the American Library Association)

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office for a free presentation and discussion where presenters will walk through the logistical details to consider when planning hybrid programs at your library. This webinar, “A Step-by-Step Guide to Hybrid Programming”, will take place on Wednesday, June 8, from 1:00 to 1:30 PM CDT.

Using two examples from the Boston Public Library’s recent hybrid programs, presenters Gianna C. Gifford and Kristin Motte will discuss the many decisions to make about staff roles and responsibilities, registration, managing the online and in-person audience engagement, and leveraging AV and technology in planning hybrid programming.

Participants will learn the following.

  • how to manage the logistical elements for two different hybrid program setups
  • how to prepare to keep the in-person and online audiences engaged
  • best practices gleaned from the having transitioned from in-person programs to all virtual programs during the COVID-19 lockdown period and then to hybrid programs when the library reopened

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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(via Dr. Julie Ann Winkelstein–University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

The ALA SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table) Newsletter is always looking for good articles, essays, and letters to the editor. The next submission deadline is Monday, May 30.

The theme for the June, 2022, issue of the SRRT Newsletter is “poverty and homelessness”. What would you like to share about the work your library has done in addressing poverty and homelessness in your community? What barriers have you encountered? What have you learned?

The SRRT Newsletter invites submissions from library and information workers, students, educators, and all others who recognize the critical importance of libraries in addressing community and social issues. Please send your submissions electronically in one of the following formats: MS Word, RTF, PDF, or plain text pasted into the body of an email. Submissions should be 500 to 1,000 words and should include the article title, author’s name and title, and school or place of work (optional). Graphics are encouraged. If using images that are already on the Internet, the URL of the image and a caption or description may be added to the text of the submission.

Please e-mail original submissions to SRRT Newsletter Co-Editors Julie Winkelstein and Doreen Dixon at jwinkels@utk.edu or srrt.newsletter.content@gmail.com, indicating “SRRT Newsletter” within the subject line of your e-mail. A confirmation of receipt will be sent in a timely manner.

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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

The ALA RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section) Legislation & Licensing Committee is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its spring Discussion Group event on “Licensing & Copyright 101”. The event will be held over Zoom on Monday, May 16,  from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. A recording will be made available following the event.

Featured speakers include the following people.

  • Corey Halaychik (Head of Content Management, University of Texas at Austin) on negotiation tactics and common license terms
  • Michael Rodriguez (Collections Strategist, University of Connecticut) on ebooks, licensing, and interlibrary loan
  • Carla Myers (Associate Professor & Coordinator of Scholarly Communication, Miami University) on the legal basis for licensing and your rights under U.S. copyright law

Registration is completely free for this event! To register, visit here.

If you have any questions, please contact Committee members Sreedevi Satyavolu, Chair, at satyavolu@cua.edu; Debbie Cobb, atmailto:dcobb@southalabama.edu; or Josh Zeller, at joshua.zeller@msj.edu.

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(via Jenay Solomon, U​niversity of Iowa)

Want to help someone new to the profession, or more experienced but seeking your wisdom? Sign up to be a mentor!

The University Library Section (ULS) Membership Committee will be providing “On-the-Fly” Mentoring services on site during ALA Annual 2022 in Washington, D.C. Mentees will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor for a twenty-minute session, on a drop-in basis. We need experienced librarians to help those new to the profession or looking for career advice.

If you are attending ALA Annual 2022 and are willing to act as a mentor, please sign up using the online form. We are looking for all kinds of librarians–public, special, school, and academic!


ALA JobList Placement & Career Development Center, Renaissance DC Hotel–Rock Creek Ballroom

Dates & Times

  • Saturday, June 25, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
  • Sunday, June 26, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
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(via Mary Beth Riedner, retired)

Registration for the free webinar on “Engaging People Living with Dementia with Library Materials” is now available. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 1:00 PM CDT. The webinar will give practical advice about how to choose books and other reading materials that are uniquely suited to each individual, following the tenets of person-centered care. In addition, ideas for developing group programming will be shared, based on successful programs held in libraries and memory cafes across the country and around the globe.

The webinar will be recorded and archived for later access for those who cannot attend. Feel free to share with other interested colleagues.

Speakers include Christine Damon, gerontologist and consultant; Mary Beth Riedner, creator of Tales & Travel; and Tami Hurst, outreach staff member for Olathe (KS) Public Library. The webinar is sponsored by the Library Services for Dementia/Alzheimer’s (LSDA) interest group of the American Library Association.

To register, please go here.

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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) will make available $1.55M in emergency relief grants to more than 75 libraries this year that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites Public, School, Academic, Tribal, and Correctional libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $20,000.

These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, and expanding outreach, as well as maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2022.

Funds will support libraries’ ability to provide their users with the information services and digital access they need to retain or secure socio-economic mobility during a time of shift and upheaval. Libraries serving low income and rural communities, or communities that are predominately Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, and People of Color, are especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 21, at 11:59 PM CDT. To access the application, please go here.

A recording of the ALA COVID Library Relief Information Session is now available here. The recording lasts one hour. In addition to the recording, you can find the slides of the PowerPoint presentation here.

If you have any questions, please e-mail cro@ala.org.​

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