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  • December 05, 2022 8:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Greetings from Your

    American Library Association (ALA) Chapter Councilor!

    Last year ALA started a new type of conference experience, called LibLearnX. This replaced ALA midwinter. LibLearnX depended highly on input from those working in the field of librarianship, and it was hoped that this new type of conference would be a place where library professionals could learn and connect with one another. Over 2100 participants attended and there were 110 events offered.

    LibLearnX also focused on social justice, equality, and advocacy issues. Speakers included Angeline Boulley, Cicely Lewis, Mariko Tamaki, Jaqueline Woodson, and Molly Shannon. Colin Kaepernick closed out LibLearnx with a thank you message to librarians for being “community anchors” and unshakable stewards of knowledge.”

    This year’s LibLearnX will be held January 27-30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Again, it is hoped that library professionals will collaborate, network, and celebrate. Several different formats such as “learning labs” and “idea exchanges” will encourage library professionals to learn and collaborate in a fun way! There will also be a digital option to attend. Through this option, users will also have access to content through February 28th, 2023. Look for more updates on speakers and content at this site:

    Please let me know if you have any questions, and have a great rest of your 2022!

    Sara Westall

    ALA Chapter Councilor

  • August 17, 2022 2:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    News from ALA ...

    Hello everyone! I hope that you all are having a great summer! Did you attend ALA Annual, either virtually or in-person? If so, I would really like to hear your thoughts on the conference! I attended via the digital experience and am still working through sessions. Of note, I believe there were over 13,000 attendees split between the digital experience and in person. Once I receive the final numbers, I will send them out via the listserv.

    I want to remind you about ALA’s Issues and Advocacy link for information on topics such as: advocacy and public policy, EDI, banned books, intellectual freedom, literacy, privacy, and public awareness.

    I believe I already sent this out in a weekly update, but I encourage you to take a look at the State of America’s Libraries Special Report: Pandemic Year Two.

    As a final note, I have had such a great time being the ALA representative for NDLA. However, if anyone else would like to give it a try, I encourage you to think about it and ask me questions! My term ends in 2023, and while I would be happy to serve again, I want to be sure that others have an opportunity as well.

    Have a great summer!

    Sara Westall

    ALA Chapter Councilor

  • June 24, 2022 7:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good morning!

    It’s officially the 2022 ALA Annual Conference! How many of you are attending, either virtually or in-person? I’d like to hear about your experiences and what your favorite session was.

    Here are some of the updates from the listserv. These include webinars, podcasts, ALA press releases, surveys, etc. Council meets over the weekend and into Monday, so I hope to be able to provide updates then.

    Register to Watch the Notable Children’s Book Discussion

    Don't miss the Notable Children's Books discussion! The discussion is open for all who wish to observe. It will take place virtually, July 12, 2:00-5:00 ET on Zoom. Click here to register.

    A Call to Action on Climate Change for Libraries

    For Immediate Release Wed, 06/22/2022

    Contact: Melanie Welch, Director, Public Programs Office, American Library Association

    CHICAGO – Climate change is the single greatest threat to global health and this generation's grandest challenge, but many library leaders feel overwhelmed, even paralyzed about where to start. "Sustainability in Libraries: A Call to Action," a new briefing from the ALA Council Committee on Sustainability, is here to focus attention on how the library community can accelerate their understanding and action, in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    Readers will learn:

    · Why ALA has adopted the "triple bottom line" definition of sustainability as a core value of the profession;

    · How libraries can take the lead on climate adaptation;

    · Why climate justice work is equity, diversity, and inclusion work;

    · How many in our field are already answering the call for leadership on the topic of sustainability;

    · How ALA, as an association, is living its values out loud on this topic; and

    · Simple, practical steps anyone can take to get started.

    ALA President Patty Wong focused on sustainability during her presidential year, noting in her kickoff American Libraries column about this topic, "This is the time to stand together in solidarity…to meet the enormous challenges of the climate crisis and summon the effort to deal with its impact. Climate change is a unifying issue for libraries across the globe, and we must commit to doing all we can to prepare our communities for its effects."

    The authors of the briefing, members of the new ALA Council Committee on Sustainability, represent public, school and academic libraries and have strong ties to the ALA Special Task Force on Sustainability, the Sustainability Round Table, the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and the Executive Board of ALA.

    This briefing is free to download through the new LibGuide on Sustainability, curated by ALA Librarian & Archivist, Colleen Barbus.


    Writing Workshop Recording (ICYMI) Alice Faye Duncan

    Dear Literacy Leaders:

    Do you aspire to write picture books? Some of you requested a recording of my recent writing workshop. Here goes!  If you find this free program inspiring and resourceful, please share it with others. 

    When we learn, we must teach. Ultimately, knowledge is seedPlant what you will grow.  

    Sending Abounding Gratitude! 


    Alice Faye Duncan 


    REMINDER! Carterette Webinar | 06.22.2022 | Advice for First Time Managers / Am I Doing This Right? Advice for First Time Managers

    Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

    Cost: Free

    Description: Becoming a manager is an exciting but also daunting transition. As first-time managers, we are faced with many new opportunities which may seem more like challenges, especially if we are new to the library system, have recently received a promotion, or struggle with imposter syndrome. In this webinar we will discuss strengths-based leadership, how and what to delegate, strategies for self-care, time management tips, and more.

    About the Presenters:

    Kaya Burgin ( is the Branch Manager at Avondale Branch Library of the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. In 2015, Kaya was named an ALA Emerging Leader. Kaya is passionate about the role libraries play in enriching their communities.

    Sondra Presley ( is Senior Branch Manager of the Price Hill Branch Library at the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. In 2021, Sondra was awarded the OLC Diana Vescelius Emerging Leader Award which recognizes Ohio's library leaders of tomorrow. While she loves books, her focus is supporting and developing staff to ensure they can serve customers of all backgrounds and socio-economic experiences.

    To register for the online event

    1. Go to registration page:

    2. Complete and submit the form.

    3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

    4. If asked for a password to attend the webinar use 0000.

    Can't make it to the live show? No worries! The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.

    Please contact me or a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or programming suggestions!


    Second Call: Invitation to Participate in Research Study on Racial Equity and Allyship in LIS

    Are you interested in the concepts of Allyship and what it means to be an ally? Would you be willing to talk to me about it?
    I am working on research with my colleague, Dr. Erin DeCurtis, that is considering the understanding and definition of Ally and Allyship in LIS. The first stage was a survey sent out in Fall 2021. As we are finishing the analysis of our survey data, we are beginning the next stage of research by conducting individual interviews regarding perceptions, definitions, and understandings of Ally and Allyship, and how these are applies in the LIS professions. The interview should be no more than 30 minutes.

    I will be at ALA Annual from June 23rd – 28th. If you are attending and willing to be interviewed, please email me at

    If you are not attending ALA Annual, but are still willing to participate, please email me and we will set up a time to talk over Zoom or over the phone.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Lisa Hussey, Associate Professor
    School of Library and Information Science
    Simmons University


    Ibram X. Kendi & Alice Faye Duncan (Juneteenth Interview)

    Alice Faye Duncan

    Happy Juneteenth!

    Listen ---> HERE!

    ALA Demystified

    Others said this was a good introduction to ALA

    Last month I gave a 46 minutes presentation called American Library Association (ALA) Demystified at a DC academic library group meeting. Here is the link to the YouTube 
    American Library Association (ALA) Demystified

    You are free to use my slides, they are CC:BY,NC,SA
    ALA and You Please share with anyone you think can benefit. 

    See you next week. 

    Jennifer Boettcher


    ­­­­­­More information on resolutions and committee reports as they come up during ALA.

    Have a great weekend!

    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • June 20, 2022 7:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FYI- there may be several items coming from me in the next few days leading up to ALA Annual. Today, I wanted to share some of the upcoming happenings and notifications:

    A good overview of ALA from Jennifer Boettcher, ALA Councilor at Large - American Library Association (ALA) Demystified (46 minutes). Presentation was shared at a DC academic library group meeting. Here is the link to the YouTube American Library Association (ALA) Demystified. Of equal use are the slides - free to use! They are CC:BY, NC, SA ALA and YouPlease share with anyone you think can benefit.


    Social Responsibilities Round Table at ALA Annual 2022

    ALA Membership Meeting

    The Membership Meeting is an opportunity for all ALA members – whether registered for the conference or not – to participate in the governance of the association. Your participation is key if resolutions introduced by SRRT are to be sent to ALA Council. Recent examples of successful resolutions include the Resolution Calling for Student Loan Cancellation, passed at the May 2022 virtual membership meeting, 2020's Resolution Ensuring Intellectual Freedom and the Right to Peacefully Assemble at ALA Conferences and Meetings and the 2019 Resolution on Renaming the Melvil Dewey Medal (see them all here

    SRRT-endorsed resolutions that need your support at annual 2022

    ·  Continuing Virtual Access to ALA Membership Meetings

    ·  Damage and Destruction of Libraries, Schools, and Other Cultural Institutions in Ukraine

    ·  Defense of the Right to Engage in Political Boycotts


    Smithsonian National Education Summit

    Quick share of a free mini conference that will be right on the heels of Annual (but totally has virtual options). Feel free to share and attend as your leisure. 

    Smithsonian National Education Summit: Registration is Live!

    Come together July 27–28 for the Smithsonian National Education Summit! You'll hear from museum experts and teacher practitioners in 30+ free online and in-person skill-building workshops across subject areas, and leave with a toolbox full of classroom-ready ideas:


    Athina Livanos-Propst
    Digital Librarian & Editorial Services Manager
    PBS Education
    Membership Chair, FMRT
    Chair, Imagineering Interest Group

    Writing for publication and looking for some first-draft feedback?

    Dear colleagues,

    Is writing for publication or a proposal on your summer to do list? The Library Writing Cooperative's First Draft Matchmaker program is looking for authors who would like feedback on their work! 

    As an author, you'll receive supportive and nonjudgmental feedback on your first draft, generally within 2-3 weeks. Sign up here to have your work reviewed. We invite and encourage participation from those new to writing for the library and information science profession and those who have previously authored works. No prior publication experience is necessary. (Not ready to submit a draft yet? Fill out the form now, and we'll reach out again later.)

    Reviewers can give your op-ed, essay, article, case study, research papers or conference proposals a thoughtful read and offer suggestions. Please keep in mind that our reviewers are not able to review lengthy manuscripts, such as entire books or multiple articles.

    If you have any questions, please stop by our website or contact us at, and please add to your contacts so you don't miss any of our messages.

    We look forward to connecting with you!

    All the best,
    Amanda Izenstark
    on behalf of the Library Writing Cooperative

    Comic Studies and Practices Symposium, July 18-19, 2022 (Virtual Registration Now Open)

    We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the inaugural Comic Studies and Practices Symposium (CSPS)! 

    Hosted by the University of San Diego's Copley Library, the 2022 Comic Studies and Practices Symposium is an event featuring panels, presentations, posters, and keynote addresses from leaders in comic studies, comics publishing, authors, scholars, and more. We use the terms comics & comic studies to encompass comics, graphic novels, manga, webtoons, and other sequential arts. CSPS is designed to provide a higher education-focused space for LIS professionals, scholars, & graduate students to discuss comic studies and practice.

    The symposium will be held July 18-19, 2022, using the Zoom Events platform. We have some excellent speakers and presentations planned, including keynote addresses by Dr. Chesya Burke (Critically Acclaimed Author and Assistant Professor of English at Stetson University, Florida) and John Jennings (Eisner Award-Winning Graphic Novelist and Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside). 

    You can see the full program agenda here:

    All sessions will  be recorded and available to registrants after the symposium

    Special note: This event is generously funded by a SCELC Project Initiatives Fund (SPIF) Grant. If you are a Librarian or Archivist employed within a SCELC library or organization, we have free early bird registration for the Symposium. The first 200 SCELC registrants is  will be awarded this promotion.

    General attendee ticket - $50


    If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to

    Registration closes Friday, July 15 at 12 noon (PST).

    We look forward to seeing you virtually!

    Thank you,
    Millie Fullmer and V. Dozier


    Have a great weekend!
    Sara Westall, ALA Chapter Councilor

  • May 31, 2022 8:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    First, I hope you are doing well. ALA Annual is coming up in June in Washington, DC. Can't make it? You can experience ALA from your home/office by registering for the ALA Digital Experience. This features: 4 main stage sessions, 42 education sessions, and 14 news-you-can-use sessions. Those registering for the ALA Digital Experience will also have access to conference content through August 31, 2022. For more information... OR the list of 2022 ALA Annual conference speakers

    Second up! The state of America’s Libraries Report has been released. Read it here! View the previous yearly reports at the same link.

    And finally, ALA has recently announced the 2022 Youth Media Award winners. The announcements of the winners took place during LibLearnX, and were selected by committees made up of librarians and other literature and media experts. See the announcement here

    Want more? You can view ALA in the news! I will continue to send out weekly ALA updates. If you are attending the ALA Annual Conference either virtually or in-person, I would like to hear about some of your favorite sessions! OR If you have any questions on any of the content that I have shared, please feel free to reach out to me.

    Have a great summer!

    Sara Westall 

    ALA Chapter Councilor

  • 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

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