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Dr. Jill Biden to Close ALA Midwinter 2021 Virtual

A lifelong educator, Dr. Biden served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009–2017. She will return to the White House alongside her husband, President-elect Joe Biden, to serve as First Lady of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021. During the upcoming ALA 2021 Midwinter Virtual event, ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. will sit down with Dr. Jill Biden to discuss her work as a community college instructor and literacy advocate.

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Volunteer Now for APA Committees – Deadline Approaching

Volunteers are being sought for appointments to the 2021-2022 APA committees. The online committee volunteer form closes on January 15, 2021. Appointments will be made to the following committees: Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support Staff Certification Review and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW).  We are also seeking volunteers for the following SSLW subcommittees: Pay Equity, Research and Resources and Statistic, and Unions. Visit APA Committee’s page to view committee charges. 

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Still Time to Register for ALA 2021 Midwinter Virtual Event

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits is virtual this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Five days jam-packed with educational sessions, inspiring speakers, meetings, and loads of fun activities in the virtual Exhibit Hall! If you have not already done so, there is still time to register. Check out the Program Scheduler on the Midwinter Virtual website and follow #alamw21 for updates and announcements. Be a part of this exciting event.Read the rest

Give the Gift of Membership

ALA membership makes the perfect gift! This winter season, you can pay it forward and give the gift of ALA membership. ALA membership can build someone’s professional career by opening opportunities to learn and develop skills, expanding networks among colleagues across library types, and providing the chance to get involved in the library community at the national level. A gift of membership is the perfect way to surprise a colleague, friend, staff or library student in your life. 

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Volunteers Wanted for APA Committees

Volunteers are being sought for appointments to the 2021-2022 APA committees. The online committee volunteer form is open now and closes on January 15, 2021. Appointments will be made to the following committees: Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support Staff Certification Review and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (see committee charges, visit APA Committee’s page). Appointments take effect after the ALA 2021 Annual Conference. To ensure broad representation and diversity on all committees, Read the rest

Special Discounted Rates for ALA Midwinter 2021 Virtual

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits is virtual this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Five days jam-packed with educational sessions, inspiring speakers, meetings, and loads of fun activities in the virtual Exhibit Hall! 

Special rates include:

  • $85 for Retired, Life, Trustee, Non-Salaried, and Support Staff (must be an ALA Member).
  • No Cost for ALA Student Members.
  • No Cost for ALA Members recently furloughed, laid off, or experiencing a reduction of paid work hours. 

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ALA Connect Live November Discussion Focuses on LIS Students

ALA student members and LIS students are invited to join ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. for the November ALA Connect Live program geared specifically towards students. Julius will be joined by fellow leaders from the association who can speak to the employment outlook in various library settings and various library roles. Bring your questions about the library profession and look forward to networking and engaging with fellow students and library leaders. This will be the last ALA Connect Live Read the rest

How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19 Webinar Nov. 5th

ALA’s Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) will present the free webinar “How Employers Can Support Library Workers Who Are Caregivers During COVID-19” on Thursday, November 5, 2020, 2:30 pm (Central). Register now.

You are invited to join presenters as they explore how employers can create emotionally healthy workplaces with relevant policies and procedures; how employers can provide flexible schedules as well as work expectations; and how employers can assist staff who are taking care of children Read the rest

ALA Connect Live: COVID-19 and REALM Project Update October 22nd

Join ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., for the October ALA Connect Live program focused on the COVID-19 Research Project conducted by OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Battelle. The REALM Project (REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums) is in phase 5 of testing how long COVID-19 survives on materials prevalent in libraries, archives and museums. The project will draw upon the research to produce authoritative, science-based information on how-or if- materials can be handled to mitigate Read the rest

ALA Connect Live August Conversation on Reopening

Join President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. Thursday, August 27th, 2:00 pm (Eastern Time / 1 pm Central) for the August ALA Connect Live discussion. This month, the conversation will focus on reopening and recovery initiatives within libraries. With the academic school year kicking off, let’s gather to discuss how libraries are approaching reopening during the coronavirus. Connect with fellow librarians and leaders within our community to discuss how to approach and tackle the difficult questions that the new school year Read the rest