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Hi all -
Sharon Shafer (UCLA) and I are your co-chairs this year. I just uploaded our September quarterly report. As you can see, things are just starting to get off the ground!
I have requested a meeting place/time for Midwinter in Atlanta, where we will continue the lively discussion that took place in Orlando for possible activities for the group.
We will be reaching out soon for agenda items for the Midwinter meetings, as well as any other ideas you might have, e.g. networking between conferences, the group's web presence, activities for Annual in Chicago, etc.
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Michigan State University Libraries
Public Library Association
Board of Directors Fall Meeting
Held in conjunction with ICMA Conference
September 27, 2016
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Meeting Location: Kansas City Marriott Hotel, Jay McShann Room A, Kansas City, Missouri
Logistics: ICMA and Board general schedule
- Sunday, September 25, 3 pm, ICMA Opening Session
- Monday, September 26, all day, ICMA conference programs, including Roundtable Discussions: The Future of Libraries in the Community, 11:30 am-12:30 pm; and How Counties Promote Regional Economic Development, 12:45-2:00 pm
- Monday, September 26, 6:45 pm, Board Dinner. Reservations at Lidia’s Kansas City, 101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City, MO.
- Tuesday, September 27, 8:00 am-12:30 pm, PLA Board meeting. Location: Kansas City Marriott Downtown – Jay McShann A room. Breakfast will be served at 8; meeting begins at 8:30 am
- Tuesday September 27, all day, ICMA Conference programs
Call for Papers: The International Journal of Librarianship
The International Journal of Librarianship (IJOL) is an open access, refereed journal of research and discussion dealing with all aspects of libraries and librarianship including but not limited to major development of Chinese librarianship throughout the world. It is published by Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA), an affiliation of the American Library Association.
IJOL invites original papers or reviews of books, journal articles or conference papers that contribute to the study and research in the Library and Information Science. All articles dealing with academic, research, public, school and special libraries and other information institutes are welcome.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• International librarianship
• Library systems and Discovery Service
• Digital library and institutional repository
• Data visualization
• Linked data and semantic web
• Public service
• Collection development
• Information literacy
• Technical services
• Library consortia or vendor relations
• Reports from the field that describe the implementation and assessment of innovative practices in libraries of all types, and report distinguished Chinese librarian who contributes greatly to the profession
• Review of literature in all aspects of Library and Information Science field
The topics above are some of the proposals that you would like to propose, but we accept papers on all aspects in Library and Information science.
Articles are commonly 3000-5000 words in length, in APA (American Psychological Association) format. Shorter or longer articles may be accepted if deemed to be in high quality.
Papers submitted by October 15, 2016 will be considered for the publication in the first issue (December 2016). Late submissions will be considered for the following issues.
How to submit your manuscripts:
IJOL uses Open Journal System by Public Knowledge Project. Simply visit http://ojs.calaijol.org/index.php/ijol/about/submissions to login and submit your manuscripts online. Please read the Author Guidelines before submission. If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the Webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact Grace Liu, the Editor at email@example.com.
The CALA Open Access Academic Journal Editorial Team:
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(d) develop and promote the library's Special Collections;
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The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) is launching Intersections, a new blog that highlights the everyday work of library and information science workers as they advocate for equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy and access among membership, the field of librarianship and the communities they serve.
The blog invites submissions from across the library profession that feature support for those from historically and disadvantaged racial and ethinic groups; those who experience socioeconomic barriers, people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty; immigrants, refugees and new Americans; those discriminated against based on nationality or language; those who are geographically isolated; those experiencing barriers in regards to access to literacy; and new and non-readers.
“We envision Intersections to be a vibrant and thriving place for our members to share their stories,” said ODLOS Director Jody Gray. “We’ll also be sharing exciting news from ODLOS and our many constituencies, including information on conferences, initiatives, grants, and much more.”
For more information, including submission information, please visit www.ala.org/intersections.
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work.
I just wanted to quickly reach out and engage the wisdom of our community regarding diversity efforts. At my institution, we are just kicking off a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Part of my contribution to this initial stage is a benchmarking effort - developing some awareness of what other libraries are currently doing in this area, and what they have found effective.
This has been an interesting exercise, because while I'm intimately familiar with diversity recruitment and development efforts within the profession, I am less aware of efforts that expand to the library patron population and connect to the campus community writ large. So far, I've done some very cursory searching and collecting of resources available on the web (and am happy to share what I have so far if you'd like!). But given that I know so many folks actively involved in diversity programs and efforts, I'd be remiss not to ask advice of colleagues like you.
Some of the kinds of helpful things I've discovered so far include diversity action plans, strategic plans that incorporate diversity efforts, and web content that details the history and coordination of diversity efforts at given institutions. But I'm also interested in learning more generally about programming and ad hoc efforts that could be exchanged more casually. Any kind of advice is welcome at this stage. I think there's a really broad spectrum of input that could help chart our path.
Anyhow, any advice or documentation you're willing to share would be much appreciated! We could start a public discussion here, or feel free to contact me personally (email@example.com) if you prefer.
All the best,
Please contribute feedback concerning the mission and name change for the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. We are taking feedback until January 31, 2016.
Feedback can be left as comments or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equity & Inclusion Office Mission Statement (DRAFT)
Our mission is to create spaces and places that support the empowerment of marginalized voices, while exploring issues of privilege, access, and identity that impact the profession. We will accomplish this by coordinating library professionals’ development of resources within a social justice framework; our goal is to make these issues everybody’s everyday work.
The Equity and Inclusion Office actively works with membership to consult, facilitate, coordinate and train on issues of equity and inclusion as they relate to diversity, literacy, and outreach within membership, the field of librarianship, and our communities. It is our responsibility to serve and support the following individuals and groups:
- New and non-readers
- People geographically isolated
- Rural and Urban people experiencing hunger, homelessness & poverty
- American Indians
- People discriminated against based on race, ethnicity, various gender and sexual identities and expressions, age, language, disabilities, and social class
We recognize that people may have more than one of the above identities.
The Equity and Inclusion Office will liaison with the following groups to accomplish our mission:
- Committee on Diversity
- Diversity Research Grant Advisory committee
- Spectrum Advisorycommittee
- Spectrum Jury
- Spectrum Scholar Interest Group
- Equity and Inclusion Office Advisory Committee (Tentative name, see Appendix A)
- Committee on Literacy
- Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds
- Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table
- Social Responsibilities Round Table
- Sustainability Round Table
- Literacy Assembly
- American Indian Library Association
- Asian Pacific American Librarians Association
- Black Caucus of the American Library Association
- Chinese American Librarians Associations
- The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)
- Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services
- Association for Rural and Small Libraries
Proposed structure for the Equity and Inclusion Office Advisory Committee (AKA OLOS Advisory Committee)
18 members with two-year staggered terms, including a chairperson appointed Annually
3 Members at large to be selected by the ALA President-elect
1 member representative of each of the following groups:
- American Indian Library Association (AILA)
- Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
- Black Caucus of the American Library Association
- Chinese American Librarians Association
- Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS)
- Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
- Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
- Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)
- Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT)
- Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT)
- Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)
- Committee on Diversity Chair (ex officio)
- Committee on Literacy Chair (ex officio)
- Committee on Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Chair (ex officio)