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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

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