If you’re a reader of this blog, you read about the amazing work that ALSC members are doing all the time. You hear about innovative programs and services, you get to virtually meet library workers from across the nation, and you hear about the work ALSC members are doing for our organization. Your ALSC Membership Committee posts monthly and often highlights ways that being a member of ALSC has enhanced our professional lives. Now, Friends of ALSC wants to help some of our engaged members stay engaged with relief renewals for BIPOC members.
We know that many ALSC members have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise find themselves unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has disproportionately affected people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or People of Color). Friends of ALSC will fund 50 ALA and ALSC membership renewals to BIPOC members who find themselves in this position and have been active ALA/ALSC members in the last year. In funding these relief renewals memberships, ALSC’s goal is to honor BIPOC members’ commitment and to increase retention of a diverse membership while reducing barriers to participation.
Applications are open now and the ALSC Membership Committee will be reviewing them. To apply, please submit this application by November 13, 2020. The first round of applications will close on November 13, with the potential for future application periods until a total of 50 memberships have been selected and awarded.
If you have the means to do so, Friends of ALSC are currently accepting donations toward this program. Find out more about Friends of ALSC and how to donate here.
Please help us spread the word about this brand-new initiative. If you know of someone who may be interested in applying, please let them know about the application!