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Theme for National Library Week 2022 is “Connect with Your Library”
National Library Week will take place April 3-9, 2022, with the theme “Connect with Your Library.” The theme was selected to spotlight libraries as places users get connected when they use broadband, computers, and other technology resources. It also reinforces the idea that libraries are places to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes — in addition to, of course, books!

Call for Speakers for Big Talk from Small Libraries
The call for speakers for Big Talk From Small Libraries 2022 is now open. This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries. They are looking for speakers from small libraries or speakers who directly work with small libraries. Submit proposals for 50-minute presentations or 10-minute “lightning round” presentations by January 14, 2022.

I’m Your Neighbor Site Curates Children’s Books on Immigration
I’m Your Neighbor Books is a resource for collection development for children’s books that represent New Arrival and New American communities. The organization  strives to build a stronger America, one where immigrants are welcomed and where first, second, and third generation Americans truly belong.

ALSC National Institute Coming in Fall 2022; Call for Proposals Open
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that the 2022 ALSC National Institute will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri, from September 29 – October 1, 2022. The call for programs is now open. Proposals will be accepted through Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10:59 p.m. MST.

Registration and Housing Now Open for PLA 2022 Conference
registration and housing are officially open for the PLA 2022 Conference. The conference will take place March 23-25 in Portland, Oregon. Attendees will find top-quality educational programming, awe-inspiring speakers, award-winning authors, and trend-setting exhibitors. Early Bird discounted rate deadline is January 7, 2022.

Self-Care for Library Workers by Infopeople
Check out Infopeople’s Self-Care for Library Workers module, a collection of freely available resources and archived webinars from Infopeople and other professional development providers supporting self-care work for library workers. Topics include vocational awe, combatting compassion fatigue, mindfulness, and putting the “me” in mental health.

Organize an “Hour of Code” for Computer Science Education Week
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is December 6-12. This is a great time for everyone of all ages to try at least one hour of computer science activities. Educators and their students are encouraged to participate.

Eviction Resources for Libraries from WebJunction
Libraries are well positioned to provide access to legal information — particularly helpful during the early phases of the eviction process. As part of the Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice initiative, OCLC’s WebJunction is partnering with the Legal Services Corporation to collect these resources that focus on strengthening library staff’s ability to respond to eviction questions with confidence.

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