Diversity

Interpreting decolonization in academic libraries

CHICAGO — The demand to decolonize the curriculum has moved from a protest movement at the margins to the center of many institutions, as reflected by its inclusion in policies and strategies. Numerous libraries and archives are responding to the call to critically examine their historic legacies and practices to support institutional and societal change.

Incorporating racial issues into storytimes

CHICAGO — As the weekly lists of best-sellers demonstrate, many people want to engage with racial issues. But when it comes to talking about race, they often don’t know how or are hesitant to take the first steps. This includes children's librarians, who are taking seriously our profession’s calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion. They already know that popular storytimes can be an effective way to increase community representation and belonging at the library. Incorporating race into storytimes is an ideal way to foster inclusion by normalizing conversations about these issues.

New posters from award-winning illustrators and more debut in winter ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – The winter ALA Graphics catalog delivers a host of exciting posters and bookmarks to inspire and encourage readers of all ages. Gracing the cover is a new poster by artist Michaela Goade, recipient of the 2021 Caldecott Medal for “We Are Water Protectors” written by Carole Lindstrom.

Lauren Tubbs Chosen as a 2022 Core Emerging Leader

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to announce that Lauren Tubbs has been named as a Core Emerging Leader (EL). Currently working as the program manager for the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. and an adjunct professor of English Literature at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, her library interests include digital humanities, academic libraries, reference, collection development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Library services and incarceration

CHICAGO — As part of our mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all library patrons, our profession needs to come to terms with the consequences of mass incarceration, which have saturated the everyday lives of people in the United States and heavily impacts Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ people; and people who are in poverty.

ALA, FINRA Foundation to distribute inclusive financial literacy kits to 100 public and school libraries

One hundred public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through an effort to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people. The giveaway is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).

Library workers are invited to apply online to receive one of the kits for their library. Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2022.

Core Forum Webinar Series on Leadership and Management

CHICAGO—Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is pleased to present a four-part webinar series on leadership and management, starting in December. Originally part of the canceled Core Forum, the presentations are geared toward library workers in leadership and management positions. Core members and non-members are welcome to attend.

ALA President Patty Wong to host ALA Connect Live on equity, diversity, and inclusion

CHICAGO, IL – The American Library Association (ALA)’s Connect Live series continues in November with a program focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The online event will take place Thursday, November 18, 2021, at 1pm CT/11am PT.

Core/ACRL Webinar: Bringing Intentionality and Inclusivity to the Academic Library Interview

CHICAGO—Are you thinking about hiring? Join the Core Academic Interviews Project Team on Thursday, November 18 at noon CT for a free webinar to discuss our guide for interview best practices. Whether you are holding interviews online or in-person, we created a set of recommendations for interview processes that aim to be transparent and candidate-friendly, while mitigating the bias that is often inherent in long-held practices.

Dr. Gregory Leazer Awarded ALSC Research Agenda Pilot Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the ALSC Research Agenda Pilot Grant to Dr. Gregory Leazer, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.