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  1. Alumni Reflections from “I Love My Librarian” recipient Carol Levers

    I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up under the Apartheid Regime. My family filed for political asylum after we immigrated to the U.S. in 1989. I began volunteering part-time at the West Wyandotte Library in Kansas City, KS. I attended the ...

    WPRELLWITZ - 05/22/2018 - 09:55 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  2. Read for Later- “We are committed to creating a culture of warmth and belonging where everyone is welcome.”

    This week’s headline quotes Starbucks’ new “Use of the Third Place Policy” that seeks to establish its stores as a third place, where customers can gather and connect and where any customer is welcome to use their spaces, including restrooms, cafes, and p ...

    MFIGUEROA - 05/21/2018 - 21:39 - Professional Tools

  3. Read for Later- “There’s a lot that has to come together...We absolutely know that we cannot make this happen ourselves.”

    This week’s headline quotes Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at the  Uber Elevate summit in Los Angeles, where the company laid out its ambitious plans to develop and commercially deploy its uberAIR air taxis, plans that require extensive partnerships to develo ...

    MFIGUEROA - 05/14/2018 - 20:51 - Professional Tools

  4. Read for Later- “What we’re seeing is not necessarily good for society, but it is rational behavior by these companies”

    This week’s headline quotes Andrew Moore, dean of the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, about the movement of A.I. and robotics researchers from faculty and research position in higher education to private labs run by big internet companies ( ...

    MFIGUEROA - 05/07/2018 - 21:28 - Professional Tools

  5. Strengthen Library Advocacy: Join Your State Library Association Today!

    Your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, offers a wide range of benefits and services—and needs your help—and you need its help, as well!—to support libraries in your state. Its members are employed in all types of libraries: academic ...

    DWOOD - 05/08/2018 - 09:47 - Membership

  6. ALA Joint Student Memberships Dues Increase to $42 on September 1, 2018

    Forty-four Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $40, now through August 31, 2018. Dues increase to $42 on September 1, 2018. ALA encourages you to join and r ...

    DWOOD - 05/07/2018 - 16:14 - Membership

  7. Where Are Future ALA Leaders? In the ALA Student Chapters!

    Planning on being a leader in the American Library Association (ALA) after you graduate? Great! For students, the best way to start gaining leadership skills and more is by participating in one of the ALA Student Chapters. Student Chapters enhance student ...

    DWOOD - 05/07/2018 - 16:03 - Membership

  8. Champion Spotlight: Toni Olivas

    I was actually awarded the Spectrum Scholarship twice, as I had to decline the first award (2001) due to personal and professional reasons. Still, I persevered and applied again the following year. I was lucky to again be selected and granted the scholars ...

    WPRELLWITZ - 05/07/2018 - 10:35 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  9. Q&A with Jhani Miller: Activism and the importance of "passing the torch"

      Jhani Miller is a 2014-2015 Scholar who  received their MS/LIS from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences and their BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Governors State University. They are currently the Library Information Supervisor ...

    BJARNAGIN - 05/02/2018 - 16:32 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  10. Read for Later- “Americans don’t realize how fast the country is moving toward becoming a better version of itself”

    This week’s headline quotes James Fallows’ feature article in The Atlantic, reporting on years touring communities throughout the United States and finding that, through civic governance, immigration, schools, libraries, downtowns, and conservation, Ameri ...

    MFIGUEROA - 05/01/2018 - 00:07 - Professional Tools