News in Brief

Jan 4, 2022

Graphic of a "Wyoming State Library" newspaper with "News in Brief" headlineUW LibGuide Provides Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Resources
The University of Wyoming has created LibGuide covering DEI and accessibility resources, organized by subject. While some resources are only available to UW students and faculty, many are freely available or available to Wyoming residents on GoWYLD. Find the guide here.

Apply to Become a Privacy Advocate at Your Library
Want to learn about protecting patron privacy in meaningful, actionable ways as part of a supportive, social justice-minded community of practice? Library Freedom Project is now accepting applications to our 2022 Privacy for Library Systems & Policies Crash Course. The Crash Course is a free, privacy-focused two-month trainings for librarians to teach them how to become privacy champions. Application period ends on January 15, 2022.

2022 National Day of Racial Healing is January 18
The National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities to call for racial healing, bring people together in their shared humanity and take action together to create a more just and equitable world. Learn ways your library can become involved from the American Library Association and WebJunction.

Tools to Fight Censorship Challenges at Your Library
With the severe uptick in local and statewide book challenges, the American Library Association offers this clearinghouse of resources to assist library workers and library advocates in responding to and supporting others facing those challenges. Remember to report challenges to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and let ALA know if you need assistance.

All Boys Aren’t Blue First on 2021 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List
The YALSA Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. See the full list.

ALA Launches New eLearning Website
The American Library Association has launched ALA eLearning, a new centralized web portal that brings together a comprehensive digital collection of professional development for library and information professionals anywhere. The site will make it easy for individual library staff members and institutional customers to find the content they need and register for a wide range of events.

IF/THEN® Collection is a Digital Asset Library of Women STEM Innovators
The IF/THEN® Collection has find thousands of photos, videos and other assets that authentically represent women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Collection is part of the a national effort to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers while creating a culture shift in how the world perceives women in STEM.

Media Literacy in Early Childhood Professional Development Opportunity
Erikson Institute’s TEC Center is now offering a new IMLS-funded professional development program, Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff. Recruitment is open for this four-month professional development series, in which participants will spend approximately 10 to 12 hours total in entirely online synchronous and asynchronous learning. Cohorts will be made up of 20-25 youth library staff from across the U.S. Although applications are currently closed, visit the link to express interest in future cohorts.

Registration Open for 2022 ALSC National Institute
Registration for the 2022 Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) National Institute has opened. The conference will be held September 29 – October 1, 2022, in Kansas City, Missouri. Prospective attendees will enjoy significant savings when they register before June 30, 2022. Speakers and programs will be announced in February.

Free Resources for Job Seekers with CareerOneStop
Did you know the US Department of Labor offers free, easy-to-use online tools and information for people searching for jobs or planning to change their careers? The CareerOneStop suite of websites is a great resource for libraries to offer visitors looking for employment help. Learn more on American Libraries.

Find Eviction Resources for Libraries and Your Patrons
Bookmark this resource page for a growing collection of eviction resources with public library staff in mind. By leveraging their reference skills and partnering with law libraries and legal aid services, library staff can help patrons understand their options and navigate legal services. The resource page includes tools, information, and resources that can help public library staff respond to eviction questions.

LibGuide for Community Outreach at Your Library
The North Dakota State Library has put together a Community Outreach LibGuide. The guide looks at different ways libraries can connect with other civic groups, communal living facilities, or even use community space to engage people who might not otherwise come into the library.

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