News in Brief

Jul 11, 2019

Submit a nomination for the I Love My Librarian Award
Has a librarian made a difference in your life, or changed your community for the better? Now’s your chance to celebrate their impact by nominating them for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony in January 2020, during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia. Nominations are open through October 21 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

ALA Accepting Applications for 2020 Class of Emerging Leaders
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations. Deadline to apply is August 30, 2019.

Hooray for Freedom! Legal and Ethical Foundations of Library Practice
This summer WebJunction is pleased to host, in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and Library Journal, a two-part webinar series exploring library policies and procedures related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and confidentiality. Margo Gustina and Eli Guinnee, co-founders of, and authors of Why Social Justice in the Library: The case for shifting library policy, practice, and culture toward radical inclusivity, bring expertise and practical experience to the topic.

View WebJunction presentations from ALA Annual in Washington, DC
WebJunction staff attended ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C. In addition to conference presentations and poster sessions, they presented at the OCLC booth for Hot Topics, 15-minute presentations where you can learn about technologies and strategies that help your library serve your community more effectively. Presentations have been posted on their website.

2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open
ALA Conference Services is accepting program proposals for the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, Illinois, on June 25-30, 2020. The deadline to submit content is September 10, 2019, at 12:00 Midnight (EST).


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