News in Brief

Aug 5, 2021

United for Libraries Virtual Conference Registration Open
Program descriptions and registration rates for 2021 United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees, Friends, and Foundations are now available. This interactive three-day virtual event — taking place August 17-19 — will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

ARSL Conference Early Bird Registration Ends August 17
Register for the 2021 Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) no later than August 17 for reduced Early Bird rates. The conference will take place from October 20-23 in Reno/Sparks, Nevada with the theme, “The Biggest Little Library Conference.” A virtual registration option is also available.

ALA Accepting Applications for 2022 Class of Emerging Leaders
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The deadline to apply is August 30, 2021. The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country and Canada 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.

September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World
September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World is a downloadable educational exhibition that presents the history of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications. It explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities at the local, national, and international levels, and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The exhibition recounts the events of September 11, 2001, through the personal stories of those who witnessed and survived the attacks.

A Sampling of Web Resources on Native American Health
Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 4 staffers found some helpful resources and tips for engaging American Indian and Alaska Native community members at the 10th Annual National Native Harm Reduction Summit last month. The meeting organized by the National Indian Health Board brought together tribal and allied health care and behavioral health providers as well as social service providers, public health professionals, people who use drugs or are in recovery, and others.

Free Mini-Conference on October 21: Libraries as Community Anchors
The third Library 2.021 mini-conference: “Libraries as Community Anchors,” will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Libraries are increasingly addressing challenges associated with digital equity, access, and inclusion, as well as issues of security and privacy. For many years, community members have looked to public libraries to provide baseline, public, computer and internet access. In this way, libraries exist as important Community Anchor Institutions.

Your Library can Sign up as a Partner for National Voter Registration Day
This year, National Voter Registration Day is on September 28, 2021 and libraries in the United States are encouraged to take part in helping their community members sign up to vote. National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.5 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.

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