Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries
"Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries" is the American Library Association’s nationwide virtual tour to highlight the innovation and impact of a diverse range of libraries and engage stakeholders to advocate for libraries and the communities they serve.
A part of ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.’s broader work to build relationships and strengthen connections, Holding Space will feature town halls, round table discussions and interviews with library leaders, state and local partners, and elected officials covering topics ranging from HBCUs and academic libraries, to school, tribal, and public libraries—all while amplifying the concerns of each community along the route.
You can visit more than a dozen libraries and the communities they serve over the course of ten days with Julius Jefferson. The tour kicks off on July 27, 2020 from the Library of Congress and winds its way across the country to Oakland, CA, on August 7, 2020. Each stop of the tour will be broadcast via Zoom and available on YouTube after the conclusion of the tour so members can join in the conversation. Register for tour events below and sign up to receive updates about the tour.
“Libraries are—and have always been—community anchors, addressing challenges in times of peace and in times of crisis. When I was elected ALA President I knew I wanted to shine a light on programs and communities that don’t get the attention they deserve, and this virtual format allows us to critically examine our cultural moment through the lens of the most pressing issues in our profession.”
— ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.
Hello, from Carson City, Nevada.
Our bus traveled to the Nevada State Library, where we took a deep dive into the world of virtual reality and how libraries are using this technology to train the workforce of tomorrow.
I met with librarians across institutions as well as partners and stakeholders to illustrate the importance of partnerships as libraries confront the current economic challenges faced by so many Nevada residents.READ MORE
Hello from Cordes Lakes, Arizona.
Continuing its westward journey, our bus traveled to the Cordes Lakes Library for an important discussion, “From Interior to Border: Libraries Reaching Rural Communities,” of the rural library’s unique role in keeping residents connected and cultivating community relationships.
Libraries are essential in rural areas like Cordes Lakes, where the library has seen a 60-percent increase in the number of visits. It is so heavily used that an expansion was necessary.READ MORE
Greetings from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico,
Today our bus took us to the Jemez Pueblo Community Library, where we learned about the need for broadband in tribal communities.
Residents in these communities often lack high-capacity broadband service. Cutting people off from information, education, and work. In this time of COVID-19, people are impacted by lack of access to everything from telehealth to distance learning. It even affects matters of life and death, with the ability to use the amber alert system.READ MORE
Hello from Norman, Oklahoma!
Today, our bus traveled to Oklahoma to visit the Pioneer Library System in Oklahoma, where we learned about the critical work of libraries in promoting workforce development.
I was pleased to learn about the incredible ways this library system has connected with its community. Pioneer is a superb example of how libraries are catalysts for economic opportunity and progress in their communities.READ MORE
Hello from Lubbock, Texas.
Today I met with a group of dynamic school library professionals and discussed the indispensable contributions of school librarians in Lubbock, Texas and throughout the state.
As one of the largest states by size and population, Texas school libraries are at the heart of a vast and diverse network of schools. They are providing an invaluable service during these challenging times. I appreciate what the librarians of Texas are doing for their communities.READ MORE
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July 27: Tour kickoff-Holding Space: A National Conversation Series with Libraries, Washington, DC
July 27: Stronger Together for Workforce Development, Johnstown, PA
July 28: Keeping Communities Connected in Ohio and Beyond, Zanesville, OH
July 29: Leveraging Place to Engage Community, Nashville, TN
July 30: Communities and Developing Leaders at HBCU Libraries, Pine Bluff, AR
July 31: Learning in Many Dimensions with Texas School Librarians, Lubbock, TX
August 3: Partnering to Advance Career and Workforce Development, Norman, OK
August 4: The Imperative of Broadband for Tribal Libraries, Santo Domingo, NM
August 5: From Interior to Border: Libraries Reaching Rural Communities, Cordes Lake, AZ
August 6: Learn and Earn: Nevada Libraries Harness Virtual 3-D for Education and Careers, Carson City, NV
August 7: Listen to the Kids: Youth- and Family-Centered Practices at Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA
August 7: Closing celebration-Spirit of Aloha: Hawaii Libraries Light the Path, Honolulu,HI