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Call for Submissions: ILA Reporter and ILA Connector

(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are accepting submissions for the ILA Reporter and the ILA Connector.

For the ILA Reporter, we are seeking the following types of pieces.

  • articles that explore an issue, rather than promoting a particular initiative or program, with examples from more than one library or type of library
  • writing that considers a “how to think about . . .” approach rather than “how to do . . .”
  • submissions from all geographic areas of the state
  • submissions that relate to ILA’s strategic goal area of a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the profession and the association.

For the ILA Connecter blog, we are seeking blog topics or themes on (but are not limited to) conferences and events, historical essays pertaining to the library world, book or other material challenges, programming ideas, information for job seekers, local author interviews, local library staff or trustee interviews, celebration days or weeks, library instruction, social media, mentorship, marketing, networking, MLIS courses/programs, professional or otherwise pertinent book reviews, privacy & censorship,  work/life balance, and more.

Submission guidelines for the ILA Reporter are available here, and for the ILA Connectorhere, . If you have any questions regarding submissions for either publication, please contact Kendall Harvey, at kharvey@ila.org.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

With most Illinois library buildings closed to the public, it’s more important than ever to convey the message that libraries are still working to serve their communities. Our patrons, as well as decision-makers, need to know that we’re bigger than our buildings.

Illinois Library Association’s Bigger Than A Building campaign is designed to help the library community quickly convey information to its constituencies during the Illinois Stay at Home executive order. Resources are growing. Please check often.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

June 4, 2020

Today, we are called to address current events–specifically, to condemn the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers, and Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of self-appointed white vigilantes. These may be well beyond the scope of librarians to solve, but we address them nonetheless. For one thing, they are the ultimate expression of a set of conditions that allow such abuses to happen repeatedly. It feels overwhelming, and to the members of our community directly impacted, beyond overwhelming to exhausting and terrifying. But we aren’t helpless: It is incumbent upon us to consider these conditions in our sphere of influence–librarianship.

There is a persistent lack of diversity in librarianship; our ranks remain approximately 85% white, despite years of well-meaning scholarships and programming. The ILA strategic plan identifies one of our core values as “Diversity and equity of opportunity”, along with “Energizing, visionary leadership” and “Adaptation to change”, among others. 

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The ILA Executive Board will draft a plan of action to build on the steps we have taken so far, at our upcoming June 11, 2020 meeting that may include future financial support, a moderated discussion series, continuing to feature speakers and content on these topics, curating a set of the many resources available, and other ideas. As an association, as leaders within the library community, as human beings, we are committed to further concrete action in the fight against racism.

In the meantime, here are five things librarians can do right now:

1) Recommit to promoting the importance of the Census in your community, particularly among hard to count populations

2) Make plans to encourage voter registration via your programming, in advance of the fall 2020 elections

3) Identify and reach out to one (or one new) antiracist organization in your community to offer partnership and support

4) Read one of the articles on this list, or one like it

5) Promote the titles and resources in your collection that address inclusion, equity, and antiracism via book lists or book talks, as the Evanston Public Library has done

To read the full statement, please go here.

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ACRL Endorses Protocols for Native American Materials

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL, at the request of its Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), has endorsed the Protocols for Native American Materials.

In April 2006 a group of nineteen Native American and non-Native American archivists, librarians, museum curators, historians, and anthropologists gathered at Northern Arizona University Cline Library in Flagstaff, Arizona. The participants included representatives from fifteen Native American, First Nation, and Aboriginal communities. The group met to identify best professional practices for culturally responsive care and use of American Indian archival material held by non-tribal organizations.

The resulting Protocols build upon numerous professional ethical codes; a number of significant international declarations recognizing Indigenous rights, including several now issued by the United Nations; and the ground-breaking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives, and Information Services.

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(via IACRL)

The Fall, 2019, issue of ACRL’s Chapter Topics newsletter is now available. The newsletter, which ACRL releases twice annually, highlights meetings, professional-development activities, and other initiatives by statewide ACRL chapters. IACRL has three articles in this issue (all available here). The articles cover the RAILS/IACRL networking events that took place at Waubonsee Community College and Methodist College last spring, in addition to the June ACRL webinar viewing at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Thank you very much to Dan Bostrom (RAILS), Pattie Piotrowski (University of Illinois Springfield), and Kelly Fisher (Eureka College) for contributing IACRL’s articles. IACRL is one of only four statewide chapters to have submissions appear in this issue.

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ACRL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion LibGuide Now Available

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the association and in academic and research libraries. This Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) permeates the work of the Association, cutting across all ACRL sections, committees, interest and discussion groups, and communities of practice. You can learn more about our wide range of activities related to EDI in the new ACRL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion LibGuide.

The new guide contains a wealth of information on ways ACRL has implemented the association’s Core Commitment, including the ACRL Diversity Alliance; standards and guidelines; information on conference and online learning programming; links to books, articles, and other publications focusing on EDI topics; a calendar of association activities; and suggestions on ways you can get involved in this important work. The EDI LibGuide is freely available online.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

As information professionals, we are troubled by the removal of more than 200 books<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=48135bf7ca&e=b9a4efc184> from the Danville Correctional Center’s library. Many of the books removed from the library had been available for years without incident. The cornerstone of the library profession is our commitment to intellectual freedom and the freedom to read, which are enshrined in the Library Bill of Rights<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=327885d72e&e=b9a4efc184>.
Prisoners’ Right to Read: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=5dcacbfdf6&e=b9a4efc184> asserts that there is a compelling public interest in the preservation of intellectual freedom for incarcerated individuals. As Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote in Procunier v Martinez, 416 U.S. 428 (1974):

When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality; his mind does not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded.  If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment.

The Prisoners’ Right to Read Interpretation maintains that, like all libraries, collection management in correctional libraries should be governed by written policy, mutually agreed upon by librarians and correctional agency administrators and that correctional libraries should have written procedures for addressing challenges to library materials, including a policy-based description of the disqualifying features. In the case of these removals it is important to note that the Interpretation also states that “correctional librarians and managers should select materials that reflect the demographic composition, information needs, interests, and diverse cultural values of the confined communities they serve.”

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) supports the Freedom to Learn Campaign<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=ba2feaedee&e=b9a4efc184> and its mission of transforming lives by opening minds and creating opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

ILA asks that the Danville Correctional Center review its removal of the books and develop transparent and fair policies and procedures to avoid censorship and preserve the freedom to read of incarcerated individuals.

The statement is also available here<https://www.ila.org/news/1113/ila-statement-on-the-removal-of-books-at-the-danville-correctional-center>.

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ACRL Releases 2019 Environmental Scan

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2019 Environmental Scan (PDF) provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries, published every other June in C&RL News. The 2019 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

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(via Sarah Dallas, Director of the Southern Adirondack Library System)

Julia Warga, Chair of IFC and Sara Dallas, Chair of COPE, are seeking feedback from the ALA  Council and the library community on a joint committee policy statement regarding the importance of advocating for intellectual freedom.  We are asking you to review and make any comments by  June 6, 2019.

Here is a link to the document:  docs.google.com/document/d/…

We realize this is a very quick deadline. In order for the new policy statement to be included in the Intellectual Freedom Manual‘s publication, a final draft must be completed by Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., approved by both committees, and approved by ALA Council.  Members of the policy statement’s working group are Emily Clasper (co-leader), Andy Harant (COPE, co-leader), Matt Beckstrom, Ray James, Anthony Davis, Bryan Cooper, Geoff Dickinson, and Nancy Bolt (COPE).

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ACRL has just released the Spring issue of its Chapter Topics Newsletter, which is published twice annually and features activities and projects by ACRL state and regional chapters. The issue includes two articles on last fall’s RAILS/IACRL networking events. One piece, written by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Mackenzie Salisbury, covers the November 6 event at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, while the other article, which Dan Bostrom of RAILS contributed, discusses the November 12 gathering at Prairie State College. To read both articles and view the accompanying photos and slides, please go here. The Illinois chapter is one of only four, nationally, to have articles appear in this issue.

Thank you very much to Mackenzie Salisbury and Dan Bostrom for their work in putting together the submissions.

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