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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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(via Maoria Kirker, George Mason University)

We are excited to share that an edited volume, tentatively titled Person-Centered Management in Academic Libraries, will be published in 2024 by ALA Editions. This volume will be edited by Dani Brecher Cook, Maoria J. Kirker, and Diann Smothers. We are currently soliciting proposals for chapters that relate to the overall theme of person-centered management.

At this point, we envision including three types of chapters: Theory (3-4,000 words), Practical (3-4,000 words), and Reflective (1,000 words) chapters. We encourage and welcome ideas beyond these categories, as well as chapters that mix these approaches.

We welcome submissions by current, former, and aspiring managers; new and experienced writers; and practitioners from community colleges, colleges, and universities.

You can view the full call for proposals and submission form here.

Proposals are due Friday, July 29, at 10:59 PM CDT. All proposals will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of August, 2022.

Please send any questions you have about the book to the editors, at personcenteredmanagement@gmail.com.

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, or COSWL, will present a complimentary webinar, “Women in Librarianship and Wellness”, on Tuesday, June 7, at 1:00 PM CDT.

Recent natural and man-made crises around the world have significantly impacted library workers’ wellness. Join the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship for a lively  conversation with library leaders sharing recommendations and best practices on how we can foster wellness for ourselves and others. The format includes a rapid round of brief presentations from the speakers and a question-and-answer session.

Speakers include the following people.

  • Emily Drabinski, soon to be ALA President-Elect, and Chief librarian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Shauntee Simpson, President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Manager of School Outreach for The New York Public Library
  • Cindy Hohl, Past President of the American Indian Library Association, and Kansas City Public Library’s Director of Branch Operations
  • Robin Kear, Faculty Librarian,  University Senate President at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Moderator: Loida Garcia-Febo, Chair COSWL, ALA President 2018-2019,  and International Library Consultant

Register now here. Space is limited. This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants who may not be able to attend the live event.

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

Please join the ALA NMRT (New Members Round Table) Online Program Committee for its June program, “Caregiving and Working During the Pandemic”. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 8, at 12:00 PM CDT. This program will be a panel of librarians that discuss caregiving and working during the pandemic. Please find a more detailed program description and panelist information below.

There are many ways we can find ourselves as caretakers and many individuals we can find ourselves caretaking: our children, our parents, our partners, etc. When COVID-19 first hit and the shutdown happened, many people found themselves juggling work in addition to caregiving at the same time. The NMRT Online Program Committee is hosting a panel of librarians and HR library staff to share their experiences of caregiving during the shutdown while still working and providing services to their library users.

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

To register, please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar Speakers

DoMonique Arnold (@University High School Library)

DoMonique Arnold joined the University High School Library in August 2016, and in her work there she wears many hats. She is constantly brainstorming ways to further engage students and staff in the mission and vision of their library (not to mention she loves handing books to teenagers). Before that, she worked in the non-profit sector after graduating with her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Kristina Vela Bisbee (Associate Director of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement @Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries of Vanderbilt University)

Kristina Vela Bisbee is the Associate Director of Assessment, Communications, and Engagement at the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries of Vanderbilt University. She holds an MSLIS and an MA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An AmeriCorps alum, Kristina worked in community media and education before becoming a librarian.

Lizzette Guerra (Librarian @Orange Public Library)

Lizette Guerra is currently a Librarian at the Orange Public Library. She has close to 17 years of experience working in archives and libraries including the Citrus College, the California Institute of the Arts, the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the Autry National Center, and various institutions in Mexico and Guatemala. Today her work continues to focus on social justice, community engagement, literacy, and preservation of material and oral histories.

Wendy Williams-Clark (Director, Human Resources for the Division of Student Affairs @University of California, Riverside)

Wendy Williams-Clark is the Director of Human Resources for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.  She holds an MBA and is a first-year doctoral student at the University of Phoenix.  Wendy previously served as the Interim Director of Library Human Resources and Organizational Design in the University Library at UC Riverside before transitioning into Student Affairs, where she provides management and oversight of all human resources services for 3 Organizations with 40+ units.

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