Diversity

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CHICAGO — From managing copyright and ownership to dealing with orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artifacts, and cultural heritage amateurs, the internet has created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions.

An updated text exploring the theory and practice of YA librarianship

CHICAGO — How should LIS envision its young adult users? Now showcasing an even more rigorous debate about the theory and practice of YA librarianship, the new second edition of “Transforming Young Adult Services,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, has been updated and expanded by author and editor Anthony Bernier to incorporate recent advances in critical youth studies. It features a Foreword by John M. Budd and contributions from Denise E.

PLA adds fourth location to slate of regional EDISJ symposia

CHICAGO – In response to demand from the public library field, the Public Library Association (PLA) is bringing its regional symposium on equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice (EDISJ) to a fourth location in 2019. Social Justice and Public Libraries: Equity Starts with Us will now be offered in Toledo, Ohio, Dec. 9-10, 2019. The earlier symposia in Denver, Colo. and Charleston, S.C., were extremely well-received, and the Chicago, Ill.

Fifty-seven public libraries awarded funding to encourage Affordable Care Act enrollment

CHICAGO – Through its health insurance enrollment and education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, the Public Library Association (PLA) is encouraging enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace for 2020. Today, PLA announced it will award $500 mini-grants to 57 public libraries across the U.S.

ALA releases recommendations for improved public library services to new Americans

CHICAGO — As immigration rises to the forefront of public discourse, public libraries continue to be a trusted resource for new Americans seeking to gain familiarity and skills in a new land. To help libraries better serve these populations, the American Library Association (ALA) has released a white paper exploring how U.S. public libraries can provide the services new Americans need to thrive.

2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Sending a message of advocacy for libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 138th Annual Conference & Exhibition (https://2019.alaannual.org), June 20-25, in Washington, DC. The conference was attended by more than 21,400 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 6,800 exhibitors) from across the world.

ALA and US library associations affirm commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and several library associations in the United States have pledged their commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative kicks off for summer 2019

CHICAGO -- This week, the Public Library Association (PLA) commenced its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) activities for summer 2019. Through III, PLA sponsors paid, mentored summer internships at public libraries for high school juniors and seniors. The libraries were selected through a competitive application process in early 2019.