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Dec 2, 2020

Learning Express Library Webinar on December 8
EBSCO has an upcoming webinar, Maximizing Learning Express’s Job and Career Resources During COVID-19. The session takes place on Tuesday, December 8 from 12-1 p.m. MST, and focuses on using Learning Express’s resources to help those impacted by the current economic crisis. It will describe the most relevant resources for helping job seekers explore careers, prepare for occupational exams, and build workplace skills. Learning Express Library is available through to Wyoming residents with a library card and PIN.

Free Virtual Rural Library Summit Planned for December 10
The Rural Library Summit is a half-day celebration of the impact libraries have on the aspirations of young people and a recognition of their contribution to third grade reading outcomes, especially for students in rural communities. Research has shown that children who read on or above grade level in third grade triple their chances of attending college. The free event will be held on December 10, 2020.

OIF Seeks Information on 2020 Censorship Incidents
During the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries and schools continue to face censorship attempts. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom is seeking information on any ban or request to remove library or school materials, displays, and programs that happened in 2020. Those with information about bans and challenges that happened anytime this year are encouraged to submit OIF’s online reporting form by December 31, 2020. All personal and institutional information submitted is kept confidential.

Registration Open for ALA Midwinter Virtual
Registration for ALA Midwinter Virtual, January 22-26, 2021, is now open. The event will include “New Urgencies for Change” sessions from the Symposium on the Future of Libraries, News You Can Use series, special author events, a virtual Exhibit Hall, the Youth Media Awards, the I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony, live-chat presentations, and networking opportunities.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Resources for Libraries
In communities across the country, the library is a natural place for people to go for unbiased financial information and education. That’s why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has developed free resources specifically for librarians and those who work in libraries. You can also reach out to them at for ideas about implementing money-themed programs, to offer any suggestions, and to ask questions.

Online Tool Expands Access to Treaties between the U.S. and Native Nations
The Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Portal was launched on Indigenous People’s Day, October 12, 2020. This website provides public access to digital copies of the National Archives and Record Administration’s series of ratified Indian Treaties.

Resources to Celebrate Citizen Science All Year-round
Citizen Science joins the general public with the scientific community in creating a collaborative relationship to increase scientific knowledge. Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science are a priority area for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).  Using citizen science and crowdsourcing as a vehicle, the NNLM can involve communities in societal needs and accelerating biomedical science, technology, and innovation.


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