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(via Dr. Raymond Pun, Hoover Institution)

The ALA Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2022 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect (two candidates), Treasurer (two candidates), and Councilor-at-Large (51 candidates).

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form found here. The Nominating Committee may ask for additional information about an individual’s candidacy for a leadership position.

You will be asked to create an account to access the form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than Thursday July 1, 2021.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA Election. Committee members are listed below. (The list includes UIUC’s George Gottschalk.)

  • Madeline Peña, Chair / Past REFORMA President, Senior Librarian Digital Content Team, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA / mpena@lapl.org
  • Kathy Carroll, Member / AASL President, Media Specialist, Westwood High School, Columbia, SC / kacarroll@richland2.org
  • Tyler Dzuba, Member / Core Board Member, VP, Learning & Development, DeEtta Jones & Associates, Rochester, NY / tdzuba@gmail.com
  • George Gottschalk, Member / Past AILA President, Director of Acquisitions, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL / gotts@illinois.edu
  • Janice Greenberg, Member / Senior Librarian, Jersey City Free Public Library, Jersey City, NJ / morjan1027@gmail.com
  • Kirby McCurtis, Member / ALSC President, Interim Director of Outreach and Programming, Multnomah County Library / Portland, OR / kirbyalsc@gmail.com
  • Ray Pun, Member / APALA Vice President, Education and Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Palo Alto, CA / raypun101@gmail.com
  • Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Member / President, BCALA, Associate Director, School Support, The New York Public Library, New York, NY / shaunteeburns@nypl.org
  • Paula Singer, Member / Vice President, Segal Consulting Group, Baltimore, MD / psinger@segalco.com

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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(via Nicole Lewis, University of Utah)

Have you ever wanted to lead a conversation with colleagues from near and far about professional development topics, without leaving the comfort of your home or office (or home office)? You can do this by hosting a Core e-Forum! Are you a librarian required to present or otherwise disseminate your expertise to the library community for promotion/tenure consideration? Depending on your institution’s criteria, you can do so by hosting a Core e-Forum.

These two-day, moderated, electronic discussion forums provide an opportunity to discuss matters of interest on a Core e-mail list. Free of charge, e-Forums occur approximately once a month and are available to anyone who wishes to subscribe.

We are currently seeking discussion leaders (moderators/hosts) for e-Forums starting in August 2021 and beyond. Moderators develop questions, lead the discussion and provide daily summaries. When concluded, moderators prepare an overall summary for the list as well as Core News.

Check out the E-Forum website for examples. Potential topics of interest include those related to any of the Core sections. Examples are below.

  • removing bias from library catalogs and/or collections
  • emerging technology and concepts most important to library personnel
  • equitable textbook access/Course reserve management
  • media accessibility
  • tech lending
  • navigating changes in professional interests
  • collection development trends in an “e-world”
  • assistance for librarians from developing countries
  • library operations post-pandemic
  • other — your choice!

If you are interested in hosting an e-Forum or have any questions, please contact core-eforum+help@groups.io.

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(via Lauren Carlton, ACRL, on behalf of the ALA Working Group to Finalize and Implement ALA’s Online Code of Conduct)

I’m writing on behalf of the Working Group to Finalize and Implement ALA’s Online Code of Conduct. This standardized Online Code of Conduct will apply to ALA Connect, blogs and websites, social media, and other channels across ALA. This Code of Conduct will replace any existing codes/guidelines we use for our online channels in ACRL.

The goal of this new Code of Conduct is to address incidents in a consistent and transparent manner, replacing the many existing codes and practices currently in place across the association. The Working Group has built the draft for the new Code of Conduct using existing sources within ALA (such as the Spectrum Scholars Guidelines) as well as examples from other groups (including Tor Project, Mozilla, and Geek Feminism). The Group now wants to collect community input in order to clarify and strengthen the Code before finalizing their draft.

Please give feedback in this Google Doc no later than Friday, May 21. Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into a Google account).

The Working Group invites input from any library workers or users of ALA’s online spaces. The group will use this feedback to finalize the new Code of Conduct prior to the ALA Annual Conference, where it expects to be replaced by a standing committee to oversee and implement the Code going forward.

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(via Amber Hayes, American Library Association)

ALA’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. Conversations happening at the summit include partnerships with academic libraries as well as tribal libraries, avenues for unique library funding, and more. All summit attendees are encouraged to join these conversations and share resources from their library and communities.

The Rural Libraries Summit is online May 25-26 (Tuesday-Wednesday), and registration closes Friday, May 21. The summit is free to all attendees but will have a limited capacity, so please save your seat!

Learn more, and register, here. If you have any questions, please e-mail diversity@ala.org.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Committees (non-HSLI), Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Amber Hayes, American Library Association)

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is currently seeking blog post contributions to appear on our blog site, Intersections. We are interested in hearing about hiring tips and best practices from both the candidate’s perspective and the hiring manager.

Are you interested in writing for Intersections but don’t have a success story related to hiring? ODLOS is accepting proposals for other EDI-related blog topics as well. Submit your summary for consideration below.

Please consider the following guidelines when submitting a blog post.

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

Please submit a summary for consideration by Friday, May 14. First drafts will be due Sunday, May 30.

Interested in continuing the conversation surrounding hiring during a pandemic? ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program Advisory Committee is hosting a twitter chat on virtual hiring. This twitter chat will take place on Thursday, May 20, at 12:00 PM CDT. Use #ALASpectrum to be part of the conversation.

Please direct any questions to Amber Hayes, ALA Outreach and Communications Program Officer, at ahayes@ala.org.

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(via Rachel Scott, Associate Dean for Information Assets at Illinois State University’s Milner Library)

Two years ago we emailed to request your input on open access policies in your libraries. Our findings were recently published in portal and are available here.

We thank you for your input and invite you to offer your feedback on the study and findings!

We are now working on a book (tentatively titled Policies for Open Access Literature in Library Collections, to be published by ALA with a CC license) and encourage you, once again, to please share with us library policies surrounding OA. Some of examples of library policy statements or considerations related to OA include the following.

  • library policies for selecting and/or deselecting OA titles / packages for their collections
  • library policies related to workflows for adding/maintaining OA titles/collections
  • library policies for removing access to OA titles or collections
  • library policies for (negotiating) transformative, or read and publish agreements
  • library policies related to institutional repositories or other Green OA initiatives
  • library policies for contributing funds to crowdsourced OA publishing initiatives, such as Knowledge Unlatched or SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics).
  • library statements acknowledging university, national, or other OA mandates or policies

We’d love to highlight your good work at the intersection of OA and library collections! Please let us hear from you by Tuesday, May 25; we’ll send a reminder on May 18.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Open Access, Scholarly Publishing, Surveys | No Comments »

(via Mariel Colbert, ALA)

On Thursday, April 22, at 2:00 PM CDT, we will host an informational session to accompany The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund application form. If you are interested in applying for a grant for your public, school or academic library, we invite you to this free one-hour information session on the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund application. We will highlight the fund, the application process and respond to questions you might have. This webinar is free and will be recorded. The recording will be made available publicly following the event date. To register, please go here.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund will provide $1.25M for to a number of public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the U.S. and U.S Territories that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants between $30,000 and $50,0000 to libraries/library systems/districts will be awarded to those that have seen a substantial reduction in funding that impacts their ability to provide essential services to underserved populations in low to moderate income groups to help re-establish, sustain, amplify or create new services for those targeted audiences. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 20. To start the application process, please go here.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(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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