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Discussion John Sessions Memorial Award Deadline Extended, $1,000 Award for Winner

by Jennifer Dorning on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 09:51 am

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

 

For the current award year, the winner will receive $1,000, made possible by RUSA.

 

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

 

For the current award year, the winner will receive $1,000, made possible by RUSA.

 

Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

 

Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

 

The 2014 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-July 1, 2014.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

 

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Laura Carscaddon, lcarscaddon1@gsu.edu, 404-413-2804.

 

The deadline for nominations has been extended to December 23, 2013.

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Discussion John Sessions Memorial Award Nominations Still Being Accepted

by Jennifer Dorning on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 02:03 pm

Please disseminate widely!

 

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Please disseminate widely!

 

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community. 

The 2014 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-July 1, 2014.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Laura Carscaddon, lcarscaddon1@gsu.edu, 404-413-2804.

The deadline for nominations is December 15.

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Discussion Nominations Open for the John Sessions Memorial Award

by Jennifer Dorning on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 02:55 pm

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award offered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Established in 1980, the award is named in honor of John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.  The John Sessions Memorial Award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States.

Such efforts may include outreach projects to local labor unions; establishment of, or significant expansion of, special labor collections; initiation of programs of special interest to the labor community; or other library activities that serve the labor community.

The Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) was the 2013 recipient of the award.  The Labor Archives are notable for their work with the labor, university and local community. Work with local schools has helped encourage the teaching of labor history in the classroom. The Labor Archives also host online and traveling exhibits that focus on labor history, particularly that of the Pacific Northwest.  

The award committee selected the Center for its efforts to educate the community on the accomplishments of labor through its public programs, publications, exhibitions, and oral history project.  These resources and the Center's outreach efforts illustrate their commitment to preserving and highlighting the history of labor. 

The 2014 award will presented at the RUSA Awards Reception during the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 26-July 1, 2014.  To nominate a library or organization, download and complete the nomination form (PDF format), and follow the submission instructions therein.

Questions should be directed to the committee chair, Laura Carscaddon, lcarscaddon1@gsu.edu, 404-413-2804.

The deadline for nominations is December 15.

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Online Doc AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee Meeting Minutes, 2013 Annual Meeting in Chicago

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 09:38 am

AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups Meeting Minutes

 

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time & Place: 10:30 – 11:30 am, Hilton Chicago Room 4H, Chicago, Ill.

 

Co-Chairpersons:

       Jennifer Dorning (DPE, AFL-CIO) and Caroline Fuchs (ALA RUSA)

Attendees:

Jennifer Dorning (JD), Caroline Fuchs (CF), Jannie Cobb (JC), Justin A. Crossfox (JC), Alique Geraci (AG), Julius Jefferson (JJ), Janet O’Keefe (JO), Jessica Storrs (JS).

AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups Meeting Minutes

 

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013

Time & Place: 10:30 – 11:30 am, Hilton Chicago Room 4H, Chicago, Ill.

 

Co-Chairpersons:

       Jennifer Dorning (DPE, AFL-CIO) and Caroline Fuchs (ALA RUSA)

Attendees:

Jennifer Dorning (JD), Caroline Fuchs (CF), Jannie Cobb (JC), Justin A. Crossfox (JC), Alique Geraci (AG), Julius Jefferson (JJ), Janet O’Keefe (JO), Jessica Storrs (JS).

  • Introductions
  • Approval of midwinter minutes

 

Discussions:

 

Program at Annual 2014

  • JD mentioned that the session will again be one-hour in length and noted that at midwinter the committee discussed doing a program on Right to Work. 
  • Discussion ensued about the workability of this topic.  The consensus was to try to create a two person panel on right-to-work.
  • Since we will be meeting in Las Vegas, JC suggested James P. Kraft , author of "Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960-1985," for the program. Las Vegas provides a unique example of a vibrant labor movement located in a right-to-work state.
  • A second speaker would discuss right-to-work and the focus would be on resources that ALA attendees could bring home for their patrons. Ideas for a speaker are needed.
  • CF will contact the author and publisher
  • JD will rework a summary of the program

 

Labor Tour 2013

  • JD noted that the Larry Spivack, president of the Illinois Labor Society led the tour of the Haymarket Memorial in Chicago the day before our meeting.
  • Approximately 15 people attended. Suggested donations for tour were $15-25.

 

Booth 2013

  • JD commended the committee for filling so many time slots for the booth
  • Materials this year include: a poster for the John Sessions award, a display with the “union difference” for library workers, Library Workers Facts & Figures 2013 (DPE, AFL-CIO), “Friend of Labor” ribbons from DPE, AFL-CIO, “Don’t be a sucker for Privatization” tootsie pops from AFSCME, QR code displays for getting to the committee’s Facebook and RUSA webpage, and 331.99 buttons from AFSCME.  
  • JD provided talking points for booth staffers.

 

John Sessions award update

  • JC announced that the winner this year is the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. The collection opened in 2010.
  • The committee plans to ask RUSA for $1000 award to encourage libraries to apply
  • Looking ahead to the 2015 Annual meeting in San Francisco (home of the San Francisco State University Labor Archives & Research Center) the committee would like to consider planning a program around the John Sessions Award/award winner.
  • The award recognizes a library or library system which has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and by doing so has brought recognition to the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States

 

Social Media

  • It was noted that our web presence is lacking
  • AG volunteered to add content to the Facebook Page
  • CF asked that committee members send content for our wiki page
  • JO volunteered to add content to both the Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • JS noted we have 57 followers on Twitter

 

Misc.

  • CF noted that RUSA committee appointments have been delayed. The official list of members is in limbo.
  • The committee currently has a union slot open due to Nick Yovnello’s (AFT) term ending.  As a post-script, we later learned that he was tragically killed in a car accident in New Jersey in July 2012.
  • Next ALA Midwinter meeting will be in Philadelphia, January 24-28, 2014

 

 Minutes taken by Jessica Storrs.

 

 

 

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Discussion Labor History Site Tour this Friday in Chicago

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 09:12 am

I hope everyone can make it to the labor history site tour this Friday in Chicago!

Details: Tour of the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago led by Illinois Labor History Society President, Larry Spivack.  Organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.

Date: Friday, June 28th

Time: 3pm

I hope everyone can make it to the labor history site tour this Friday in Chicago!

Details: Tour of the Haymarket Martyrs Monument in Chicago led by Illinois Labor History Society President, Larry Spivack.  Organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.

Date: Friday, June 28th

Time: 3pm

Location: Haymarket Martyrs Monument at Randolph and Desplains Street (just a few blocks west of the loop).  I expect we will mostly be in this location, but may go to a nearby courthouse that has artifacts on display.

Suggested Donation: $15 to 25 to benefit the Illinois Labor History Society

Expected duration: 1 hour

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Jennifer

Co-Chair, AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee

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Discussion Meeting of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

The committee meeting of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups will be on Saturday, June 29th from 10:30 - 11:30am at the Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Ave) in Conference Room 4H.

 

Caroline and I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Jennifer

Online Doc Looking forward to seeing everyone at "Preserving Labor's History" on Monday, July 1st at 10:30am

by Jennifer Dorning on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

Preserving Labor’s History

 

For decades, librarians and archivists have worked to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible the important documents that record the history of the labor movement: its progress and triumphs as well as its set-backs.

Preserving Labor’s History

 

For decades, librarians and archivists have worked to collect, organize, preserve, and make accessible the important documents that record the history of the labor movement: its progress and triumphs as well as its set-backs.

This program will highlight the ways librarians, archivists, and others have preserved labor’s rich and vital history, and the ways they have worked to educate generations on the important role of labor unions in American life.

 

SPEAKERS:

Larry Spivack, President of the Illinois Labor History Society.

Shawn Nicholson, Assistant Director at the Michigan State University Library will discuss the Lansing Auto Town Gallery, a collection of oral histories of former employees of several auto plants that have since closed.

 

DETAILS:

Program is on Monday, July 1, 10:30 – 11:30 at McCormick Place, S103a

 

Organized by the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups

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Discussion Chicago Union Hotels

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

Housing opened for ALA 2013 in Chicago today.  

 

More information about union hotels, boycotted hotels, and hotels on strike can be found at: http://www.hotelworkersrising.org/HotelGuide/ 

 

 

File AFL-CIO-ALA-Midwinter-Meeting-Agenda

by Jennifer Dorning on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

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Event Keep the Fight Going: Libraries Fight Back

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

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Libraries are at the core of our communities and at the forefront of the digital world. Library workers help preserve the past while educating for the future, and libraries can reinvigorate blighted areas while inspiring people to “be the change.” Yet when budgetary crises occur, libraries always seem to be the first resources offered up for sacrifice. This program will examine the essential services that libraries provide to their communities and, increasingly, an interconnected global community. Co-sponsored by RUSA and ALA's Library Services to Labor Groups.

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