Friday, June 12, 2015

Five Ethnic ALA Affiliates Form Joint Council

(Sent by ALA Chapter Relations)
The five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association have collaborated to officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc.(JCLC Inc.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the common needs of the ethnic affiliates.

Coming together through JCLC Inc. are the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking. These five organizations each have a decades-long tradition of promoting the library and information needs of their constituent communities through various endeavors, including providing scholarships for students, awarding grants to libraries for cultural programing, acquiring and donating relevant library materials and advising ALA and other professional organizations of constituent concerns . . .

JCLC Inc.’s official purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

Don Wood
Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ALA Virtual Meeting June 4

ALA Virtual Membership Meeting 2015 (VMM15). VMM15 takes place on Thursday, June 4, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Virtual Membership Meetings are an important way in which personal members may affect what ALA does. VMM is an annual online forum where ALA leaders present information about topics of interest to the general membership. All ALA personal members may register for and participate in the VMM. Virtual Membership Meetings are part of ALA's ongoing efforts to reach out interactively to members about its strategic direction, budget priorities and topics of interest. Live captioning is provided for all participants. Also see the ALA Connect Member Group for information about VMM15 and to participate in pre-meeting discussions and review detailed materials and information.  It is your opportunity to exchange perspectives, ideas, and opinions with both old and new colleagues and friends.

Don Wood
Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ALA Elections Open

Elections for ALA President Elect and Councilors at Large is open.

Polls close on May 1, 2015. Election results will be released following the May 8th Election Committee meeting. For election information, go to the ALA Elections website:

ALA President Statement on Indiana Law

From ALA News Press Release
ALA President Courtney Young releases statement regarding Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act

  “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act contradicts the fundamental values of the ALA and libraries. The ALA deplores and rejects any law that violates the civil liberties of any person.  Our association is built around the ALA Code of Ethics and the Library Bill of Rights that reflect this deeply held value.  Access to all applies to libraries as well as restaurants, businesses, and associations like ours.   

“We reaffirm that is it is the responsibility of library staff everywhere, regardless of the legal ability to refuse service, to offer equal and unfettered access to all users in keeping with the library Bill of Rights and principles of intellectual freedom.

“The Indiana RFRA has understandably triggered deep concern in the ALA community, which is currently scheduled for its 2021 Midwinter Meeting in Indianapolis.  Although the law has been denounced by the Mayor of Indianapolis, the Chamber of Commerce, and many businesses, the ALA and key Indiana members continue to monitor the legislative situation.

 “ALA’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is calling for input from the membership—how can we best engage our host communities when ALA holds its conference in the midst of a local controversy that touches us all?

 “The ALA and its members will continue efforts to work towards developing a long-term strategy to encounter the growing trend of RFRA’s, which threaten to undermine civil rights and the fundamental principles upon which libraries are founded.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ALA Seeks Input on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s charge is to develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship and our communities.

The Task Force is currently in the information-gathering phase with the first survey that presents the definitions created by the task force and asks individuals to consider ALA’s current alignment with those definitions. The survey can be accessed until Feb. 16, 2015 at ALA members and nonmembers are encouraged to participate.

Additional series of short surveys will be conducted at times coinciding with the ALA Midwinter Meetings and Annual Conferences through 2016. The surveys are designed to help understand the culture of the association, the profession and our communities with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The final, analyzed results of the survey will be reported by April 2015 via the Task Force's ALA Connect community and distributed through various ALA channels.

For more information, see ALA's advocacy & diversity site

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Trustee Resource

From the American Library Association

NEW Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees is a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

The courses are: What It Means to Be a Trustee; Board Meetings; Board Ethics; Library Advocacy; Library Policies; Strategic Planning; Working with Friends; Evaluating the Library Director; Board Self Evaluation, and Succession Planning and New Board Orientation. Learn more about the series, pricing, and how to register. United for Libraries members save an extra $10 through Feb. 28! Libraries in Nebraska, North Dakota, and Texas have access to Short Takes to Trustees through their statewide group membership.