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  • March 08, 2022 12:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings from your American Library Association (ALA) Chapter Councilor!

    I have been sending out weekly updates to membership and I hope that those are helpful. A lot of things are happening throughout ALA and so I try to make sure that I get the most pertinent information out to everyone. I do plan to continue the weekly updates and eventually these updates will also be available as a blog on NDLA’s new website.

    This year was ALA’s first LibLearnx! The conference took the place of ALA’s Midwinter and offered learning, as well as networking, opportunities in a variety of formats. During LibLearnx, the Council had three meetings in which reports were reviewed by committees and roundtables. Resolutions that have been brought forth are also voted on in these meetings. However, the Council ran out of time to properly discuss and vote on several resolutions. There will be another meeting in March to discuss and finalize the vote on resolutions that were not able to be voted on during LibLearnx.

    For now, I wanted to share a few more ALA resources with you:

    If you have any questions on any of the content that I have shared, please feel free to reach out to me.

    Sara Westall

    ALA Chapter Councilor

    P.S. If you attended LibLearnx, I would like to hear more about your overall experience to share with the ALA Council.

  • February 25, 2022 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good morning,
    I am passing along some information that I have received via the ALA Council listserv.
    Virtual Bookmobile Parade- Call for submissions
    Take part in the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) 2022 Virtual Bookmobile Parade by submitting a photo of your bookmobile or outreach van (no book bikes -- they have their own celebration later in the year!) The virtual parade will take over ABOS social media platforms the week of April 4-8, 2022. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. the Virtual Bookmobile Parade on: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:
     Yours in outreach,
    David Kelsey
    2022 ABOS Past President
    New funding opportunity to attend PLA 2022
    Are you a librarian interested in improving health programs and digital health information services for your community? Do you want to connect with other librarians with similar goals? Apply for an NNLM All of Us PLA Professional Development Award! 
    The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) All of Us National Program is pleased to offer funding for up to twenty-five (25) public library workers to attend the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference taking place in Portland, Oregon March 23-25, 2022.   Funding will be provided directly to the individuals as a cost-reimbursement and can be used for: PLA Registration (virtual or in-person) and travel, lodging, and dining (per diem).  Individuals who have already registered for the conference are eligible to apply. 
    Amount: Up to $3,000  
    Number of Awards Available: Up to 25  
    Application Deadline: End of Day, March 4th, 2022 
    For More Information and To  
    More questions? Email us at  

    Veronica Leigh Milliner
    Engagement Specialist
    NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center
    Network of the National Library of Medicine
    Course on privacy literacy in libraries
    Privacy Literacy in Libraries: From Theory to Practice
    More information and registration:
    March 7 - April 3
    Dates: March 7 - April 3
    Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
    This course builds librarians' knowledge in privacy theory and current events, fosters self-efficacy in teaching privacy literacy (PL) topics, offers access to instructors' CC-licensed lessons and PL toolkit, and provides opportunities to collaboratively develop and build implementation-ready privacy programming and learning activities for participants' local contexts. Instructors define PL as "a suite of knowledge, behaviors, and critical dispositions regarding the information constructs of selfhood, expressive activities, and relationships" in past presentations and manuscripts. Responding to the 2019 addition of Article VII to the Library Bill of Rights, this course highlights the emerging strategies of academic library workers in educating and advocating for privacy, as well as protecting it. By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    Articulate the positive case for privacy by applying privacy theory and current events knowledge
    Evaluate the limitations of privacy literacy approaches that focus solely on technological solutions
    Identify privacy literacy programming opportunities and create original learning activities / materials to implement in their local context
    Maintain current awareness in privacy and privacy literacy, both within and outside of library and education contexts.

    Sarah Hartman-Caverly
    Reference & Instruction Librarian
    Penn State Berks Campus Thun Library
    Have a great weekend, everyone!
    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • February 18, 2022 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello fellow NDLA members!
    I hope you all have had a great week so far. Here are the most recent ALA updates.
    I was asked by the Marketing and Membership Manager of PLA to share that the advanced registration rate for both the virtual and in-person PLA conference ends today. You can save $20-$45 by taking advantage of the advanced registration rate. PLA is March 23-25 in-person in Portland or you can join virtually.
    Register here:
    Lifelong Information Literacy (LILi) has several free show and tell presentations (webinars). Here is one that is coming up:
    Taylor Worsham: Assisting Seniors with Technology
    March 9, 2022
    10:00am - 11:00am Pacific
     Assisting seniors with their technology needs can be a challenging endeavor. In this session, Marketing and Adult Programming Coordinator for Gunnison County Libraries (CO), Taylor Worsham will share her experience in advancing digital literacy through instructional sessions at the local senior center. From planning to execution, Taylor will share techniques on how to make topics such as, the Google Suite, electronic library resources, and mobile photography basics, more accessible and easier for senior audiences to understand and implement into their lives.
    Register at Taylor Worsham - Assisting Seniors with Technology

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • February 15, 2022 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello all,

    Apologies for the delay in getting out the ALA updates for last week.
    The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is pleased to host its first-ever Virtual Forum, scheduled for March 8 & 10, 2022. The Forum Theme is "Reference and User Services Re-engaged"

    • Opening Keynote Session - Using Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) to provide Reference and User Services A panel of ALA leaders will discuss the role of EDI in their organizations. We will hear directly from Tracie Hall, Julius Jefferson Jr. and Patty Wong as they share their perspectives of EDI and how it applies to reference and user services. Don't delay! Register today and save $20! Early-bird discount ends February 15th
    Here is the most recent edition of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom blog
    The Emerging Leader Group for the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) is interested in finding out if any ALA Chapters are engaging LIS students through your Children's Services sections, or any type of activity that connects students studying to be children's librarians with state chapter associations. If your library does connect LIS students who are studying to be children’s librarians or if you have more information on this, please contact me

    Have a great rest of your Monday!
    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • January 26, 2022 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello fellow NDLA members,
    I hope that you all had a great week so far! Here are some updates from ALA that I wanted to bring to your attention.
    There is a webinar series on eligibility and how to apply for the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver. Here is the link to sign up for those webinars: Also, here is ALA’s press release if you would like more information: TEPSLF
    ALA has recently released a resource that showcases emerging models for small business programming in libraries called Libraries Build Business Playbook. The purpose of this playbook is to be a supportive tool for libraries who are interested in creating small business and entrepreneurship programs with a focus on programming for underserved communities. Thirteen libraries were selected to receive grants to start or build on current programming. ALA will host a conversation on Instagram live on Monday, February 7th @ 12 CST, where cohort members will share their experiences.

    Have a great Friday everyone!
    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • January 19, 2022 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good afternoon,
    ALA Council was unable to finalize voting on several resolutions, and we are supposed to have a meeting to finalize the voting sometime in February. Once I hear more about when this meeting is to occur, I will again send out the resolutions that ALA Council will be voting on. Both of the resolutions I had mentioned in a prior email were part of the resolutions that need to be voted on yet.
    For about 5 years, several committees have worked on looking at current governance structure and developing recommendations to Council for a vote. At the last ALA Annual, the Transforming Governance Task Force was appointed by the ALA Executive Board to establish a governance review process. Currently, Council is the policy making body and there are 185 Councilors that make up this governing body. There were two models proposed where the Board of Directors/Executive Board would be the policy making body and Council would be either part of an assembly or advisory body.
    The first model would have Council become and advisory body to the Board of Directors/Executive Board (there would also be a reduction in number of Councilors to 89, this does not include a reduction in Chapter Councilors).
     The second model would have 4 assemblies become the advisory body to the Board of Directors/Executive Board (there would be 103 members of this advisory committee).
    There was a lot of discussion about moving forward with either of these models, and concern about Council potentially no longer being the policy making body. There really wasn’t enough time to debate and to fully understand how the proposed models would work, and so there will be another Council meeting in February to discuss the future of ALA’s governance structure.
    At Council meeting II there were two questions asked during the Committee on Legislation report. Question one had to do with the status of opt-outs for individuals in the CASE Act and question two had to do with the status of moving the US Copyright Office out of the Library of Congress. This is the response that Council received from the chair of the committee:
    Hi everyone, I wanted to make sure to follow-up on two questions that were asked following the Committee on Legislation report at Council II.

    ·  Regarding the status of opt-outs for individuals in the CASE Act: In the fall, ALA and ACRL, as a part of the Library Copyright Alliance, submitted comments with the US Copyright Office strongly objecting to the proposed preemptive opt-out ineligibility for library employees. We are currently awaiting for the US Copyright Office to issue a final rule, and will provide an update once this occurs.

    ·  Regarding the status of moving the US Copyright Office out of the Library of Congress: There are some informal discussions about such legislation. ALA is involved in the discussions, but we don't expect anything to move in this Congress, though introduction of a bill is always possible. ALA continues to advocate to keep the US Copyright Office in the Library of Congress under the purview of Dr. Hayden.

    There are more updates to come next week. Have a great weekend!
    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor 

  • January 12, 2022 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello fellow NDLA members,
    As promised here are this week’s ALA Council updates:
    There are several resolutions that have been brought forth for discussion and voting at the ALA Councilor meetings next week. These are two resolutions that the Resolutions Committee have received:

    • 1.      Resolution to Promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Efforts in AASL While Addressing Historical Effects of Racism from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).
    • 2.       Resolution to Support School and Youth Services Librarians Facing Increased Intellectual Freedom Challenges
     There will be further information on resolutions when Council meets and votes during the three Council meetings. Councilors also have the option to attend Council Forms (which I usually try to do) as these are opportunities to learn more about the resolutions and ask questions.
     As I mentioned last week,  ALA’s LibLearnX is virtual and will be held from January 21-24. Registration is still open for the conference. If you have registered, I would like to hear what sessions you plan on attending!
     I haven’t seen a new post yet today, but again- ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has a blog called  Intellectual Freedom News which is updated weekly on Friday. The purpose of the blog is to raise awareness on news related to intellectual freedom, such as censorship, access, net neutrality, information literacy & disinformation, and other areas. You can also subscribe to the blog.
    If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Have a great rest of your Friday!

    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • January 05, 2022 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello fellow NDLA members,

    I thought it might be best if I gathered ALA happenings and sent out a weekly email to membership, instead of sending out multiple long emails! It is my hope to send out updates on Fridays, but if there is something time sensitive, I will do my best to get that to all of you as soon as possible.
    Only two more weeks until ALA’s first LibLearnX conference. Just a reminder that LibLearnx has taken the place of ALA Midwinter. This conference is entirely virtual, and there is still time to register. LibLearnX will feature many great speakers, including Angeline Boulley, Cicely Lewis, and Molly Shannon. There will be many opportunities for attendees to learn, network, and engage in discussions.
    ALA Council will meet during LibLearnX, and I will be sharing outcomes from those meetings.
    ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has a blog called  Intellectual Freedom News which is updated weekly on Friday. The purpose of the blog is to raise awareness on news related to intellectual freedom, such as censorship, access, net neutrality, information literacy & disinformation, and other areas.
    If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

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