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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The ILA Diversity Committee is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for the 2021-2022 ALA Spectrum Scholars/ILA Sylvia Murphy Williams Awardees. Volunteers should be members of ILA and experienced library professionals. Volunteers must commit to mentoring for six months and provide monthly status updates to Sophie Kenney, the Diversity Committee Mentorship Liaison.

If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out the interest form by Friday, September 24, 2021. Please direct any questions to Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org.

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(via ALA)

The American Library Association’s Executive Board has announced that LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, originally scheduled for San Antonio, Texas, will take place virtually. The meeting will still last from January 21 to 24 (Friday-Monday).

“Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and surge of its variants coupled with the size, scope and location of LibLearnX, it is necessary to cancel the in-person portion of the event,” said ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong. “As such, the Executive Board voted to transition the in-person portion of LLX in January 2022 to a virtual-only conference.”

LibLearnX, ALA’s all-new January event, is a member-focused conference designed to motivate, inspire, and engage discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities. LibLearnX will feature active and applied learning, networking opportunities for library professionals, and celebrations of the positive impact libraries have on society.

Registration for Virtual LibLearnX opens on Friday, October 15. For more information on the meeting, please go here.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The American Library Association is accepting applications for Spectrum Scholarships. Spectrum Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Each scholar receives $5,000 from ALA to combat the rising cost of graduate education as well as $1,500 to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute held during the ALA Annual Conference. In addition to financial support, recipients benefit from peer mentoring and a large alumni network.

To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship, you should:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program
  • be enrolled in an accredited program and begin no later than September 1st or Fall Semester
  • have full or part-time status
  • plan to maintain a minimum course load of two classes per semester while receiving your scholarship funds

Applications for the Spectrum Scholarships are accepted through the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse, which allows applicants to apply to multiple scholarships offered through the American Library Association. Applications for all ALA Scholarships are accepted annually from September of 2021 to March 1, 2022. To submit an application for a Spectrum Scholarship, the following items are required:

  • Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  • Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
  • Official academic transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently enrolled in an MLIS program or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program, you will need to send a transcript from your current institution, as well. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. ​

The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse (225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1300 Chicago, IL 60601) must receive the completed online application, personal statement, three references, and transcripts by Tuesday, March 1, 2022, to be considered. Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1, 2022. All other applicants will be notified by e-mail after July 1, 2022.

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

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(via Lauren Carlton, ACRL)

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference, currently scheduled to take place face-to-face in Washington, DC., from June 23 to 28 (Thursday-Tuesday). 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.

2022 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due on Thursday, September 30. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2022 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December, 2021.

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 Megan Cusick, ALA)

We are pleased to announce that ALA will host a virtual Legislative Summit on Saturday, October 16, from 12:00 to 3:30 PM CDT. Please note that this is not a public event, since it is intended for key legislative liaisons within ALA and its statewide organizations and space is limited.

In recent years, state library associations have needed to address adverse legislation challenging intellectual freedom, privacy, and local community control of the library. These bills, which have gained traction in legislatures throughout the United States, range from internet censorship and filtering to the removal of library workers’ longstanding protections under harmful to minors laws, to the more recent attempts to ban the teaching of history, social sciences, and culture related to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized populations.

This summit will explore the history of these bills, the groups supporting them, examples from states that have dealt with them already, and updates from impacted partner entities. It will also include strategies for proactive and responsive advocacy for your organization. Participants will receive a toolkit and the opportunity for follow-up assistance.

Even if your state has not yet experienced these bills, this session will help keep your organization apprised of national efforts that impact libraries of all types and will provide strategies that support all of your advocacy work. In addition, it will establish a dialogue among state legislative contacts that can be sustained during upcoming legislative sessions.

Who should attend? We ask that your organization identify key participants who are:

  • Representatives of ALA’s divisions and statewide stakeholder groups (state association, state library, etc.).
  • The organization’s point person on advocacy, legislation, and/or intellectual freedom who is able to share information with organizational leadership and relevant committees.

All participants should be:

  • Committed to sharing information with ALA on related legislation impacting their stakeholder group, in order to strengthen coordination and advocacy across states.
  • Committed to responding to a brief post-event survey and working with ALA to schedule any desired follow-up with respective organizations (e.g., training, strategizing).
  • Committed to preserving the confidentiality of information, strategy, and documents shared during the Summit.

The summit will not be recorded, and advance registration is required. Register by completing this form.

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Caldwell-Stone, at dstone@ala.org, or Megan Cusick, at mcusick@ala.org.

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(via Michelle Demeter, New York University)

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders webpage. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30, 2021. Apply now here.

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country and Canada 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 association affiliate, state chapter or school library media association affiliate will sponsor approximately two-thirds of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA LibLearnX and Annual Conferences ($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 webpage or contact the EL program manager at emergingleaders@ala.org.

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(via Dr. Africa Hands, East Carolina University)

Join the ALA Library Research Round Table for a free webinar, “Co-Creating Knowledge in LIS Research: An Indigenous Researcher’s Approach”. The event will take place on Friday, August 27, starting at 1:00 PM CDT.

Dr. Sandy Littletree will lead a discussion on an approach to research based on Indigenous research methodologies and philosophies. The co-creation approach requires reflective and contemplative practices; long-term relationships of trust; an emphasis on the iterative processes of design, development and modification; and building healthy relationships with project partners.

Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes librarians working in public, school, college, community college, or university libraries for their outstanding public service contributions. Nominations are accepted here through Monday, September 27, 2021.

ALA member leaders will select ten librarians from thousands of nominations, and each will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding public service. The association will honor award recipients at the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on January 22, 2022 at LibLearnX in San Antonio, Texas. Winners also will receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages as well as a $750 travel stipend.

Since the award’s inception in 2008, library users nationwide have submitted more than 21,000 nominations detailing how librarians transformed their communities, including efforts to improve inclusivity, digital access, and literacy. To date, only 130 librarians have received this distinguished honor.

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 currently work as a librarian at a qualifying institution in the United States: a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or a library at an accredited K-12 school.

To see the full announcement from ALA, please go here.

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(via ACRL)

Join your colleagues January 21-24 (Friday-Monday), 2022, in San Antonio, Texas, for the inaugural LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. LibLearnX is an ALA member-focused education experience designed to motivate, inspire, and engage discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities. The conference is designed to emphasize active and applied learning, networking opportunities for library professionals, and a celebration of the positive impact libraries have on society.

ALA is seeking proposals for conference presentations that deliver exceptional learning experiences. Preference may be given to proposals that reflect field best practices, have clear learning objectives, and focus on applicable content, instructional design, and diverse audiences. The call for presentations is now open and closes on Sunday, August 15.

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

The American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) Editorial Board is looking for submissions for the September issue of its newsletter. The theme is “Library Work in Challenging Times: Lessons Learned”.

What have been the greatest challenges in meeting the needs of your library community in the last year and a half? What have you learned that will continue to inform your library work? What social justice issues have been highlighted or have emerged and how have you addressed them?

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. 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 (at jwinkels@utk.edu) and Doreen Dixon (at nouvelle_19@yahoo.com), indicating “SRRT Newsletter” within the subject line of your e-mail. A confirmation of receipt will be sent in a timely manner.

The next submission deadline is Monday, August 30.

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