Representation of diversity in LIS education and research is paramount to achieving our diversity recruitment and retention goals. This hour-long webinar will feature current students and recent graduates from LIS doctoral programs. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the PhD journey and chat with those who have first-hand experience with this process. All are welcome to join us!
In conjunction with Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, this webinar will explore the library’s place and role at the intersection of adult education, family literacy, and digital equity in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will highlight how these connections impact communities of color and other under-served groups. Among the questions that the panel will consider are: What does this interconnection mean for libraries serving these types of communities? How can/should libraries approach/address these concerns?
This webinar offers participants a new perspective on challenges and opportunities in their workplace and field, and tools to continue to grow, whatever your current position. The webinar is based on presenter's new book: Be Opportunity Minded: Start Growing Your Career Now (to be published by ALA Editions in January 2019)
During this hour-long webinar, 2014 Spectrum Scholars Jerrod Moore and Bradley Kuykendall will address the what, who, why, and when of networking. In addition, practical tips on how to effectively network will showcased and shared.
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) leadership will look at how COVID-19 has affected library outreach programs as libraries continue to provide outreach services in a COVID-19 world, offering plans on implementing new innovative programs to meet the public need.
An overview of the results of the 2021 annual survey on Public Library Staff and Diversity. The results provide new and updated information related to beginning librarian and library director salaries; staff roles; hiring and retention efforts; and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) goals and activities. This webinar will highlight how the data suggests both opportunities and challenges for the future of public libraries. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to engage in PLA’s on-going data-related initiatives.
On any given day in America, more than 2 million people are detained in jails and prisons. This number does not include the many people who are on restrictive movement (through GPS monitoring), nor does in represent the impact of incarceration on the loved ones and communities of people who are incarcerated. Despite this, the impact of incarceration and the importance of library services to people who are incarcerated is often viewed as a form of specialized librarianship rather than an aspect of public library services.
Indigenous stories are all around us, but fewer than 1% of books published for kids in the U.S. are by Indigenous writers.US publishers are overwhelmingly ignoring the contributions of 574 Tribal Nations. The American Indian Youth Literature Award winners and honor books celebrate literature by Native authors and illustrators with the world. Each year AILA awards honor books by authors from different tribes and celebrates our thriving cultures, languages, and arts.
In a time marked by uncertainty, the public library is in an extraordinary position as one of society’s most trusted institutions. Public libraries can leverage that trust to be at the forefront of voter education as we head into what will be one of the most watched presidential elections of our lifetimes. Voter education reflects the needs of an often divided and overwhelmed citizenry. It also addresses the changing landscape of information gathering and dissemination, while encouraging people to engage directly with community, state, and national issues of concern.
Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world, providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. In this on-demand webinar, a panel of digital literacy experts share tools, resources, and partnership strategies to help you enhance digital skill development among patrons and library staff.