Through Community Connect, 20 rural public libraries will receive resources to support financial capability and internet access for their patrons for two years. Apply by August 26.
The American Library Association’s first-ever virtual conference attracted 7,349 attendees and 651 exhibitors. If you didn’t get a chance to experience the entire event, ALA Virtual content will remain readily accessible at any time for a full year. Attendees can view sessions again, view those missed during the live event, or use content for training or research purposes.
“Each June, readers across the country observe Rainbow Book Month, an opportunity to celebrate the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s also a time to advocate for free and widespread access to queer literature, which is censored all too frequently in libraries and schools.” I Love Libraries
The Info session and the VMM are your opportunity to hear first-hand updates from ALA Leaders about the association, ask questions and be a part of the discussion. This is your association and your voice matters.
Responding to health and privacy concerns during the reopening of libraries and recent discussions of video surveillance and filming in libraries, the Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) and its Privacy Subcommittee have approved guidelines to assist library workers: “Guidelines for Reopening Libraries During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Guidelines on Contact Tracing, Health Checks, and Library Users’ Privacy” and “Video Surveillance in the Library Guidelines.”
“The ALA Executive Board endorses BCALA’s May 28 statement, in which the caucus decries the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Department officers and cites Floyd’s death as “the latest in a long line of recent and historical violence against Black people in the United States.”
ALA Executive Board Stands with APALA in Condemning Xenophobia, Racism | American Libraries; “The ALA Executive Board recognizes that ALA members, library workers, and our library communities are experiencing bigotry and attacks based on racial and ethnic heritage and we must stand in solidarity to work to stop these acts.”
Protecting Privacy During a Pandemic: A Resource Guide; Calling Users in a Pandemic: Best Practices to Protect Privacy
Business, government, education leaders call for emergency funding for libraries impacted by COVID-19; a resource guide for protecting privacy during a pandemic; lawsuit alleges Gov. Beshear infringed on protesters’ First Amendment rights
After hours of public comment, Mat-Su school board’s vote to rescind book removal is pushed to later this month; Privacy During a Pandemic Town Hall; and The Challenge of Challenges: Strategies for Protecting Inclusion and Silencing Censors