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August 2022 Issue

August 15, 2022 11:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

These committees have no current business to report: Bylaws & Policies; Finance; Flicker Tale; Legislative; Membership; Nominations, Elections & Voting; Tech Services/Government Documents; and Web Editors.

EDI (Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Committee 

EDI Resources List on the NDLA Website

The EDI Committee has put together a list of openly or easily available resources to help the NDLA community develop understanding and empathy around equity, diversity, inclusion, and related topics. It is our hope that this list of resources can be a starting point in our collective journey toward equitable, diverse, and inclusive libraries. The list is available in our committee’s section of the NDLA website: https://ndla.info/EDI-Resource-List.

We intend this list to be updated regularly. To that end… Do you have personal or institutional lists of resources, or can you recommend individual resources? We’d love your input! Send resources to Amanda Walch, amanda.walch@uj.edu, or Karlene Clark, karlene.clark@und.edu. Resources can be in any format—books, articles, videos, websites, podcasts, webinars, etc.—but should be freely available or easily obtainable through library collections. We welcome resources about any aspect of EDI work or any expression of identity, and resources don’t have to be library-focused.


Good Stuff Editorial Committee needs a volunteer to assist with contribution editing/newsletter formatting responsibilities. No experience required, only a willingness to participate. Contact the Editorial Committee Chair for details. 


Intellectual Freedom Committee

We're in the final stages of updating our handbook and web presence, and transitioning to our next project of offering workshops to help schools and libraries prepare for book challenges. We're happy to announce that Troy Kuntz of Dickinson Public Schools has joined the IF committee. More volunteers are always welcome, library staff and librarians alike. If you're interested in volunteering, or have questions/comments, contact committee chair Emily Wros (emily.wros@und.edu). Our September meeting date has not been set yet. COMMITTEE BLOTTER 9 COMMITTEE BLOTTER CONTINUED... New Members’ Committee Join the Committee in the dining area at the conference and get to know other (new) members of NDLA! Whether you’re new to NDLA or the only librarian from your library at the conference or just want to branch out, everyone is welcome to join the group for any or all meals. We will have a sign up and likely a colorful tablecloth. Look for us and come say hello! We're also working on promoting the Grassroots Grant and the New Member packet is in the final stages of review. For more information, including future meetings, contact: karlene.clark@und.edu


Professional Development Committee

Hello, all! Our committee, co-chaired by Jessica Gilbert Redman and Devon Olson, is picking up where the previous members left off. We are excited to jump in and get started! In the short term, we are focused on streamlining the grants-awarding process and the website, including the jobs listing section. In the near future, we also hope to work with NDLA President Will Martin to launch a mock interviews initiative, providing training for both interviewees and interviewers. In the long term, we want to look at re-launching the mentorship program as well as possibly developing more formal policies for the role of the PD committee in facilitating PD-type events hosted by other committees. We will be contacting committee members (as outlined in the NDLA bylaws) soon, but would love to hear ideas and suggestions from all NDLA members. We also would love to see a variety of library types and library employees involved on this committee; don't hesitate to check in with us. If you're interested in applying for the committee, send a quick message to ndla.pd@outlook.com with your current employment type (academic, school, public, special, etc.) and location, along with a bit about your interest in joining. 

We are excited to announce the launch of a new series of online professional development meetings: The NDLA Professional Development Series Meetings will be held every other month and will alternate between journal-club and featured-speaker formats. Anyone with an interest in librarianship and professional development may attend, regardless of NDLA membership. The theme for our first few meetings is “Hiring and Interviewing Best Practices." We’ll first dive into some specific topics within the hiring process, and eventually broaden out to explore those “best practices” a few months from now. Our first meeting is a journal-club meeting on August 25 at 2 p.m. to 

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