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  • 1.  Justice for former ALA Councilor Joselyn Bowling Dixon

    Posted 28 days ago
    Edited by Laverne Mann 26 days ago

    Councilors, 
    I just became aware of the unjust firing of the Oak Park IL  Library Director, former ALA Councilor Joselyn Bowling Dixon.  She is a library and community leader, wonderful and hilarious person, who I know a bit through libraries.    

    In the substack story from what I understand, a few staff were being held accountable and then wrapped a community program into a online campaign.  I feel it could easily be any of us in public libraries, maybe all libraries.

    Justice for Joslyn, organized by Jennie Pu

    Justice for Jocelyn:  (EDIT to include link)

    "On March 16, 2024, our dear friend and widely esteemed colleague Joslyn Bowling Dixon was abruptly stripped of her position as Executive Director of Oak Park Public Library, the culmination of a misinformation campaign that led to the public violation of the Open Meetings Act by the library board. Here is an up-to-date account of the events the lead up to Joslyn's termination, and a recording the full board meeting - https://stackedthoughts.substack.com/p/what-is-going-on-at-oak-park-public
    We as Joslyn's friends and colleagues have come together to set up this fund to help her family bridge the gap between now and next steps. We all know how devastating it is to lose one's livelihood while also looking into legal paths forward, and the time it can take to find new employment. Please give what you can to help us seek justice for Joslyn.
    Joslyn pledges 10% of all donations to the Merritt Fund (https://www.ala.org/aboutala/affiliates/relatedgroups/merrittfund/merritthumanitarian)"



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    Laverne Mann MLIS
    Director
    Cherry Hill Public Library, NJ
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  • 2.  RE: Justice for former ALA Councilor Joselyn Bowling Dixon

    Posted 27 days ago
    Laverne, thank you for sharing this with the broader community. I admire Joslyn's work tremendously and am saddened to see her face this situation. I am confident she will come out of it triumphant. Sending love and light to her and any others who find themselves in similar circumstances.

    Best,

    Erika Long (she/her)
    Not Yo Mama's Librarian, LLC
    ALA Chapter Councilor
    X & Bluesky | @erikaslong
    Instagram | @notyomamaslibrarian