Core Webinar: Building Capacity for Community-led Planning

CHICAGO—To live out our core values of equity, diversity and inclusion, libraries are seeking ways to be more community-centered. Community-led planning is a method that can be used to create public programs and services that celebrate the strengths and interests of diverse communities. However, it can also be a big cultural shift for many libraries. In this webinar, library leaders will learn about an evidence-based process to build their library’s capacity to make this change.

National survey finds libraries play expanded role in digital equity, bridging gaps in access to technology

CHICAGO – As the nation celebrates Library Card Sign-up Month this September, a new report from the Public Library Association (PLA) details how libraries are further extending their technology services and resources in the face of pandemic limitations. The 2020 Public Library Technology Survey report provides the most current and complete picture of how libraries serve as digital equity hubs.

Preconference Registration Opens for Core Forum

Even before the 2021 Core Forum officially kicks off with an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 7, attendees can register to participate in an all-day library buildings tour or one of four afternoon workshops offered that same day. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and registration rates can be found at www.coreforum.org

Preconference options on Thursday, October 7, include:

ALA to host Emergency Connectivity Fund Q&A Instagram Live event for libraries, featuring acting FCC chairwoman

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) will host a live Q&A event on Instagram, this Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. EDT to share how libraries are planning to use the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program supporting digital equity efforts through libraries and schools nationwide.

Programming for adults with developmental disabilities

CHICAGO — Public libraries everywhere have embraced inclusion and expanded their programming for youth with disabilities, especially autism. It’s imperative that libraries also offer rich and age-appropriate initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities (DD); after all, as youth now served by their libraries grow up and reach adulthood, they will continue to want and expect libraries to be responsive to their needs.

ALA Awards Spectrum Scholarships for 2021

CHICAGO — Today, the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded the 2021 Spectrum Scholarships to 60 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Library service through a post-COVID lens at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual)

CHICAGO – During the pandemic, libraries met the challenge of adapting services even when their physical doors were closed. Now that libraries across the country are reopening, they face new challenges and see fresh opportunities to serve their communities.

Tuliao swims again to raise funds for Spectrum and honor BCALA President Burns-Simpson

CHICAGO — Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will swim Grimaldo's Mile, a one mile open water event in New York City, on July 31 to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. This is Tuliao's 14th consecutive year organizing an annual fundraiser for Spectrum.

YALSA announces collaboration with IBM to bring focused career prep to diverse teens nationwide

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and IBM are collaborating to offer a series of skills-based trainings and webinars to their librarian network across the United States aimed at helping diverse teens gain access to key technical and professional skills.