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(via ACRL)

​Registration is open for the 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and surrounding hotels in Washington, D.C., from June 23 to 28 (Thursday-Tuesday). Save on registration fees when you register by the advance deadline of Thursday, March 31.

The ALA Annual Conference invites library professionals at all levels of their careers and from all library types to engage in top quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160+ education sessions, and to have access to the latest insights from experts on policy, research, and technology at the News You Can Use sessions. There will also be more than 12 memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers who will share their unique insights on the main stage.

Learn more on the Conference website.

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

Please join the ALA NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Program Committee for our second session, “Climate Change Library Lab: Climate Preparedness in Your Library”. It will take place on Wednesday, March 23, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CDT.

Program Description

Climate change and associated natural disasters are a growing issue for libraries. The Climate Change Library Lab team will discuss what you and your library can do to be prepared for climate disasters, how to educate your community, and how to focus on sustainability. Our speakers will be Lizzy Boden, Rhonda Evans, Kayla Kuni, and Jennifer K. Embree​.

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

For more information, and 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.

If you are interested in applying for a grant for your library, we invite you to a free one-hour information session on the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund application. The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 2:00 PM CDT. We will highlight the fund, the application process, and respond to questions you might have.

To register for the webinar, please go here. This webinar will be recorded and sent out to all registrants, in case anyone is unable to attend.

To see list of grants awarded in 2021, click here.

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(via Jennifer Young, East Tennessee State University)

This is a reminder that the ALA RUSA STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)​ Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee desires your feedback concerning the Guidelines for Resource Sharing Operations Management. The document seeks to make recommendations regarding the qualifications needed for Resource Sharing Managers. If you have any suggestions for changes to the document, please use the survey link below to provide the STARS Codes, Guidelines, and Technical Standards Committee your feedback by Friday, March 4.

Access the survey here.

Please share as appropriate to ILL practitioners individually or collectively to local, state, or regional e-mail listservs.

Any questions or comments regarding the review process can be sent to ely@etsu.edu.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The November, 2021, issue of Library Worklife included details about the revamping of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program announced by the U.S. Department of Education. Under a limited waiver, library workers in all types of institutions may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness, even if they applied and were declined in the past.

To help borrowers learn about the special opportunity for loan forgiveness under the limited waiver, ALA encourages library workers to attend one of a series of free webinars with student loan experts. Sessions will be hosted by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Coalition, of which ALA is a member.

The next session will take place on Wednesday, March 2. Sessions will be recorded and posted online.

See the recent press release for more details.

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(via Dr. Joan Wang, Washington University in St. Louis)

Please join the ALA Core Metadata Interest Group for its Core IG Week session on Accessibility Metadata. The meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. The full session description is included below.

The session is free but requires registration. Register for this session here.

This program will include two presentations.

“Designed for Accessibility: MARC Records for the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled”


Anita Kazmierczak, Head, Bibliographic Control Section, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled


The mission of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress is to provide accessible content for people with visual and print disabilities primarily in audio and braille formats. The creation of NLS metadata is designed to accommodate all accessibility tools and methods, therefore, making search, retrieval, and usage of NLS content approachable and accessible to all patrons.
NLS’s goal is to avoid accessibility issues and to create metadata that eliminates existing or potential problems. NLS metadata is created to make all content discoverable to all patrons, to meet their needs and requirements, and remove any access-related limitations. As a result of accessibility-centered policies throughout the library, metadata created at NLS is unique in many ways while simultaneously following national standards and rules for bibliographic description.

Accessibility validates discoverability and delivers full access to the library’s content. The metadata is created cooperatively by bibliographic and collection development sections at NLS, in collaboration with circulation vendors. All three participants are visible in the metadata, and their mutual goals of patron service are represented in directly targeted MARC tags that enhance accessibility. NLS metadata is an important tool that provides public-facing access to NLS content.

This presentation highlights all the MARC accessibility fields NLS is applying. It will also discuss the new accessibility tags NLS is currently developing to further improve accessibility for NLS metadata and to guarantee NLS content discoverability is in sync with growing demand and changing users’ requests.

“Marrakesh Treaty Implementation: Metadata to Enable Access”


Merideth Fletcher, Manager, Metadata Sharing, Library and Archives Canada and Chair of the ARL/CARL Marrakesh Implementation Project Metadata Working Group


The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled was adopted in June 2013.  It is an historic treaty because it is the first treaty with a human rights focus at its core and it is the first users’ rights treaty in the history of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

It has been estimated that less than 10% of the world’s published books are available in accessible formats for people who are print disabled. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and its counterpart the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) together represent the largest academic research libraries in North America, and collectively hold just under 760 million titles in print and electronic formats. ARL and CARL’s Joint Task Force on Marrakesh Treaty Implementation is exploring the issues related to the copyright, discovery, description and access to collectively enable our member libraries to describe, digitize, and make available content in alternate formats.  Planning for a discovery and delivery pilot project is underway. CARL and ARL member libraries in Canada and the United States are participating.

Quality metadata is vital to ensure access for Marrakesh Treaty beneficiaries. Accordingly, developing metadata requirements is a key focus for the pilot. This presentation will describe the context and objectives of the pilot project and provide an overview of the ongoing work of the ARL/CARL Marrakesh Implementation Project Metadata Working Group on minimum metadata requirements, encoding schemas and recommended vocabularies in both English and French for alternate format descriptions. The working groups’ longer-term goal of supporting the advancement of accessibility metadata standardization will also be highlighted.​

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(via Joshua Zeller, Mount St. Joseph University)

The ALA RUSA STARS Licensing & Legislation Committee is currently in the process of planning its free spring 2022 workshop, which will have the broad theme of “licensing 101,” and be free to all attendees. We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill out our short survey, available here, regarding the specific licensing 101 topics that are of particular interest to you. The survey also has open-ended questions related to license negotiation and interlibrary loan workflows that will help us further gauge which topics would be engaging and relevant for our workshop.

Please feel free to forward this message individually or collectively through social media, resource sharing forums, or to local, state, or regional e-mail listservs as appropriate.

Thank you for assisting us with our planning process, and we look forward to your responses!

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2022 ALA Annual Conference, currently scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., from Thursday, June 23, to Tuesday, June 28. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Monday, January 31. Notification of acceptance will be made by Sunday, March 20.

The Research Forum session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of LIS. The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying a strong use of theory, a clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data collection and analysis methods. Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significant research findings for LIS are welcome. All topics related to LIS will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and non-members of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a double-anonymized review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference.​

To view the full announcement, including the list of submission criteria, please go here.

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(via Ebony McDonald, Louisiana State University)

On the Federal and Armed Forces Librari​es Interest Group (FAFLIG) Member Engagement Survey, 73% of participants indicated that they would be interested in receiving a one-page quarterly newsletter with news from others who work in federal and military libraries. So, FAFLIG is seeking content for its January, 2022, edition!

According to the survey, members would most love to hear from others 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 federal or military 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 federal or military 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 federal or military libraries?

If you have any stories to share, please submit 200 words or less (or, if you’re more of a talker than a writer, an idea that you would like me to follow up with you on via phone or teleconference) with your name, location, and the agency that you work for to FAFLIG.ALA@gmail.com by 11:00 AM CDT on Sunday, January 16. If you prefer to be published anonymously or using a pseudonym, please indicate that in your e-mail.

The newsletter will be published here on ALA Connect and FAFLIG’s social media pages in PDF format on Friday, January 31. Since it cannot happen without news and updates from you, FAFLIG thanks you in advance for participating!

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(via Miriam Nelson, Ohio University)

Please save the date for an ALA Core symposium on the future of library binding. This event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, January 26, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM CDT​. The symposium will feature updates from the LOC Preservation Directorate, perspectives on the state of the industry, and a discussion on current practice and the need to pivot in response to changing commercial binding landscape. Keep an eye out for further updates and registration information in early January (see the link below).

For more information on the event as it becomes available, along with background on the ALA Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures division, please go here. This event will be free and recordings will be available for later viewing.

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