This week I am in DC, being a a tourist after participating in National Library Legislative Day earlier in the week. After a day of briefings and orientations Monday, five-hundred librarians took to Capitol Hill Tuesday to make sure that our elected officials understand how Libraries Transform, and that they have what they need to save the IMLS. Many colleagues worked in teams by state to meet with representatives; I joined Andrew Medlar, Aimee Strittmatter, Angela Hubbard, and other Division Presidents and staff to meet with staff from the House Education & Workforce Committee, the Senate HELP Committee, and Appropriations Committee staff. We even met with Agriculture Committee staff, to talk and strategize about free lunch at the library.
The ALSC Advocacy and Legislation Committee recently distributed a survey to learn which of the existing advocacy resources are helpful and your current go-to resources for advocacy information. With Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) approaching (May 1-5, 2017), the committee wanted to know what was already useful and whether members were aware of the resources already available before developing even more resources. What we learned from the survey is that an overwhelming number of respondents (90%) have not participated in a VLLD. Two common reasons for non-participation (besides lack of support from library administrators) were lack of awareness about the event and lack of time. This post aims to address both of these issues and put you on the path to participating in VLLD. Admittedly, the advocacy and legislation sections of the ALA website are overwhelming especially if you’re just getting started with advocacy work. So what do you need…
I am working through your ALSC Committee Volunteer Forms to make appointments for the process committees, and have been so grateful to all of you who’ve volunteered your time. But being appointed to a committee is not the only way to step into a leadership role in ALSC. Consider serving on the ALSC Board of Directors
So, there I was Building a Better World and I thought of you. If I could give you just five things I want you to take away from my 2017 summer reading workshops, these would be they:
Why inclusion? We can do better in terms of inclusion. We must do better. As youth services librarians we do not simply purchase and organize books. Nor do we mindlessly offer programming. We think about what we are doing. We fill needs in our community, the people we represent and the people who rely on us. Inclusion will fill this need and much more. The struggle with diversity: As of February 2015, we are still behind in diverse children’s literature: Isn’t quality children’s literature enough? Quality children’s literature builds strength in readers. Getting children to pick up a book and read it speaks to how well the book reflects their lives. Creating a collection and designing programming that are diverse welcomes patrons from a range of cultural backgrounds. Above all, our efforts will encourage empathy by helping kids better understand their similarities and differences. The world we live in is only increasing…
ALSC is pleased to announce a new program to offer a free, two-year membership for current and recent graduates of ALA-accredited Master of Library Science/Master of Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) programs.
Author Mary Cronk Farrell shares how libraries impacted her research process in her latest book, Fannie Never Flinched: One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights. I received a complimentary copy of this book in preparation for this interview.
Tolerance: noun a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own. the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.