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(via Sian Brannon, University of North Texas)

Library Leadership and Management, an ALA Core publication and a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal, is soliciting submissions for both peer-reviewed and editor-reviewed featured articles such as guest essays and opinion pieces related to library leadership and management, as well as topics that may be of interest to library administrators and leaders. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following ones.

  • Post-COVID challenges for management and leadership
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in employee recruitment and retention
  • Inclusive leadership practices
  • Navigating positionality and authenticity
  • Lived experiences of BIPOC leaders
  • Supporting organizational change
  • Dealing with conflict from a person-centered perspective
  • Leading within toxic or hostile workplace cultures
  • Assessment
  • Scholarly communication
  • Library spaces/facilities

We strongly encourage proposals from individuals of all ethnicities, races, countries of origin, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, scholarly and professional backgrounds and experiences, types and sizes of institutions, and other differences. We are committed to amplifying and highlighting lived experiences from these different perspectives as they relate to leadership and management.

Articles accepted for submission are anticipated to be published in the Spring issue. The submission deadline is Monday, October 31, 2022, but we will accept submissions on a rolling basis for inclusion in future issues. Please send preliminary expressions of interest or questions to Elizabeth Nelson, Editor, at enelson@mchenry.edu; or Cinthya Ippoliti, Assistant Editor, at cinthya.ippoliti@ucdenver.edu.

Instructions for Authors and other journal information can be found here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master’s degree level. Get your application in early. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Scholarships range from $2,500 to $8,000 per student per year. They include scholarships for students who are interested in children’s librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation. In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a master’s level program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA. Take a look at the application and instructions (https://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships) and get started working on your application now.

Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Complete guidelines and instructions for the nationally reviewed and recognized CAEP/AASL school librarianship education programs are available on the American Association of School Librarians, or AASL, website.

The scholarship process is open annually from September through March. For more information, visit the ALA Scholarship page or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.

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(via Emily Drabinski, City University of New York Graduate Center)

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce its 2022 Virtual Volunteer Fair, to be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM CDT. The Fair will be an opportunity for ALA members to drop in and speak with committee members and staff liaisons from various ALA groups that offer volunteer opportunities, including ALA Association committees, Divisions, and Round Tables. This is a chance for members to ask more specific questions about a committee or group’s work, time commitment, typical schedule, how to volunteer, and more.

Members should register for the event here, but attendance for the full two hours is not required. Members can drop in and out as their schedule allows. The various groups will be divided into breakout sessions, and attendees will be free to move amongst the breakout sessions. ALA Staff will be available in the zoom to assist with tech, help members move from room to room, and to answer other questions.

In order to participate fully in the breakout sessions, please ensure that you have the most-up-to-date version of Zoom. You can read about how to update your Zoom version here.

A list of the breakout sessions and schedule will be provided to all registered attendees prior to the date and available in the main session of the Virtual Volunteer Fair.

Don’t forget that members must be up-to-date with their membership to serve on a committee, so please renew your membership today, at https://ec.ala.org/membership/renew/login. Read the recent call for volunteers for ALA Association and Council committees, at https://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2022/07/volunteer-serve-ala-council-and-joint-committees-2023-2025. You will learn more about this process during the Virtual Volunteer Fair, in addition to Division and Round Table committees.

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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2023 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). 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 Conference ($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.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 9, 2022. To submit an application, go here. Before applying, please read the program information on the Emerging Leaders webpage.

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(via Emily Drabinski, City University of New York Graduate Center)

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce its 2022 Virtual Volunteer Fair, to be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM CDT. The Fair will be an opportunity for ALA members to drop in and speak with committee members and staff liaisons from various ALA groups that offer volunteer opportunities, including ALA Association committees, Divisions, and Round Tables. This is a chance for members to ask more specific questions about a committee or group’s work, time commitment, typical schedule, how to volunteer, and more.

Members should register for the event here, but attendance for the full two hours is not required. Members can drop in and out as their schedule allows. The various groups will be divided into breakout sessions, and attendees will be free to move amongst the breakout sessions. ALA Staff will be available in the zoom to assist with tech, help members move from room to room, and to answer other questions.

In order to participate fully in the breakout sessions, please ensure that you have the most-up-to-date version of Zoom. You can read about how to update your Zoom version here.

A list of the breakout sessions and schedule will be provided to all registered attendees prior to the date and available in the main session of the Virtual Volunteer Fair.

Don’t forget that members must be up-to-date with their membership to serve on a committee, so please renew your membership today here. Read the recent call for volunteers for ALA Association and Council committees here. You will learn more about this process during the Virtual Volunteer Fair, in addition to Division and Round Table committees.

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(via Hannah Arata, American Library Association)

ALA has announced the “Libraries and Sustainability” Virtual Book Club, a series of three virtual, interactive conversations about incorporating sustainability into librarianship to be held in November and December of 2022. More information about the program is available here. Library workers who would like to be considered for one of the 100 available spots should apply online (see link above) by Friday, August 19.

Participation is free but limited to 100 participants. Participants will receive a free print or e-book copy of Libraries and Sustainability: Programs and Practices for Community Impact, edited by René Tanner, Adrian K. Ho, Monika Antonelli, and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (ALA Editions, 2021).

The book club series consists of three 90-minute virtual book clubs. Each session will feature one chapter from Libraries and Sustainability and will offer a live conversation with the chapter’s authors, small-group breakout discussion, and Q&A time with the authors.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, September 5. Sessions will take place over Zoom; the link will be provided to participants once their registration is confirmed.

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2023 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). 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 Conference ($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.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 9, 2022. To submit an application, go here. Before applying, please read the program information on the Emerging Leaders webpage.

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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association is inviting library users across America to submit nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award through Friday, September 30. Ten outstanding librarians will receive $5,000 and the honor of a lifetime, including being celebrated on stage at ALA’s LibLearnX Conference in New Orleans in January, 2023. Honorees will also receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages, in addition to a $750 travel stipend.

We know librarians of all kinds go above and beyond to serve and educate their patrons every day, so please spread the word in your community about this life-changing opportunity! Complete details are available on the Award website.

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(via the American Library Association)

The Nominating Committee for the 2023 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2023 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-Elect and Councilor-at-Large. The Committee will select candidates to run for President-Elect and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2023 spring election.

The President-Elect will serve a three-year term: as President-Elect in 2023-24, as President in 2024-25, and as Immediate Past President in 2025-26. The Councilors-at-Large will serve a three-year term 2023-26, beginning after the 2023 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2026 Annual Conference.

The ALA President and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA]. Individuals considering ALA-APA offices are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions pertaining to lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

For more information, including answers to frequently-asked questions for either role, visit the ALA Election Website.

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. To this end, the committee may request a recorded video from candidates and/or may set up interviews with candidates.

You will be asked to create an account to access the form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than Friday, September 30, 2022.

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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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