ALA Virtual Conference 2020

#alavirtual20 National Associations of Librarians of Color (NALCo)

The National Associations of Librarians of Color (NALCo) presented several dynamic programs during #alavirtual20. NALCo members also co-presented and served as panelists for other programs throughout the duration of the Virtual Event. Programs included but were not limited to:

  • AILA President’s Program: Honouring and Respecting Relationship: Rethinking Library Praxis 
  • Behind the Wires: American Concentration Camps Then and Now (APALA LIVE)
  • E. J. Josey’s 1964 Charge: ‘Keep on Pushing’ (BCALA LIVE)
  • Treasure Hunters at Libraries? Why Not!! (CALA LIVE)
  • Juntos: Latinx Family Engagement at Your Library

ALA President, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr , recently released a statement: ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association. As libraries work to become more intentional about improving internal and external relationships, reexamine outreach efforts, and reevaluate services provided to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, they can look to the work of NALCo for examples of best practices, positive outcomes, and leadership. BIPOC-identifying library staff and LIS students as well as those providing library services within BIPOC communities may also find opportunities to collaborate and participate.

To learn more about National Associations of Librarians of Color and to get involved, visit their respective websites (listed alphabetically and linked here): 

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