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Hey, Hey, Hey... Hop on the Bus!

  • 1.  Hey, Hey, Hey... Hop on the Bus!

    Posted Jul 28, 2020 03:14 PM

    Calling all Councilors!!

     Yesterday, ALA President Julius Jefferson launched "Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries." Originally scheduled as an in-person, cross-country bus tour, the revamped-for-our-moment virtual tour will transport Julius and participants from Washington, DC, to Honolulu, Hawaii, over 12 tour stops in 10 days. Julius will visit public, academic, school and state libraries. In conversations with library workers, library advocates, community partners, and lawmakers from all levels of government, Julius will explore themes including:

    • innovations in workforce development
    • connected communities and broadband access
    • leveraging place to build civic engagement
    • HBCU libraries strengthening learning communities, building leaders
    • school libraries are integral to student success
    • Tribal libraries and broadband connectivity
    • from interior to border: reaching rural communities
    • creative approaches to children's services

    Information about the tour and links to register for each of the events can be found on the tour website: Julius has been clear from the outset that he intends this to be an advocacy tour. In our current moment, it cannot help but also be an opportunity for ALA to be in community with members, supporters, and the larger library community.  I'm on the bus!  Won't you join us? Hop aboard!

    Join us in Nashville tomorrow!

    Susan Jennings

    TN Chapter Councilor

    Susan Jennings
    Dean of Library Services
    Chattanooga State Community College
    Tennessee Chapter Councilor
    Chapter Relations Committee, Chair