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Mar 10, 2023

Illustration of newspaper with NEWS IN BRIEF headlineWebJunction Launches School Librarian’s Information Shelf
A School Librarian’s Information Shelf draws on information shared by school library professionals to curate a collection of videos, workbooks, tools, and recommendations. These resources can help your library promote powerful storytelling for advocacy, cultivate compassionate makerspaces, implement virtual teaching and learning practices, and design student-centered spaces that prioritize inquiry-driven learning.

Celebrate Your Stars for National Library Workers Day
Start planning now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Recognize the people who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers Day (#NLWD23) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations and submit names of Stars to honor great workers, teams, or departments.

Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services Call for Program Proposals
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is now accepting program proposals for its annual conference to be held October 9 – 11, 2023 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They’re looking for topics such as youth services, older adult services, services to underserved populations, outreach vehicles, safety, outreach basics., and more. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, April 28 at 4 p.m. MDT.  ABOS is an ALA-affiliated professional organization dedicated to supporting library outreach in all its forms.

2023 Big Talk for Small Libraries Recordings Now Available
Recordings of all Big Talk From Small Libraries 2023 sessions are now available. This free one-day online conference held annually is tailored for staff from small libraries. Each speaker was from a small library serving fewer than 10,000 people, and they were from academic, K-12, and public libraries. Next year’s conference will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Promote Community Health with the Relationship-Driven Library
Let’s Move in Libraries is an international initiative to get people of all ages and abilities on the path to health. During the month of April, Let’s Move in Libraries will host a series of online conversations on community collaboration and community health. Each conversation features 2-4 librarians sharing their experiences working collaboratively with others to promote community health. After the discussion, you’re invited to stay in the room for a half hour open conversation about that week’s topic. Each conversation takes place on a Thursday in April, 2023.

Engaging with Wikipedia in the Library
Engaging with Wikipedia can be fun. It can be instructive. It can be empowering. It is – without question – transformative. The Colorado State Library has a robust list of reading about Wikipedia, its potential use for libraries, its value in education, and some of the very real issues that exist (and persist) in Wikipedia.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Launches Advocacy Center
Build your advocacy muscles with the new ARSL Advocacy Center! Built and maintained by the ARSL Advocacy Committee, these advocacy resources are tailor-made for addressing the needs and effectively communicating the impact of small, rural libraries. These tools are available for all libraries, regardless of ARSL membership.

Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table announces 2022 Best Graphic Novels Reading Lists
ALA’s Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) has announced its 2022 Best Graphic Novels for Adults (BGNA) Reading List and its 2022 Best Graphic Novels for Children (BGNC) Reading List. These lists highlight the best graphic novels published in late 2021 through 2022. They aim to increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections.

American Library Association Rainbow Round Table announces Top 10 Book List
“Burning My Roti: Breaking Barriers as a Queer Indian Woman” by Sharan Dhaliwal was first on this year’s Top 10 list compiled by the Over the Rainbow committee of ALA’s Rainbow Roundtable. The Over the Rainbow Committee is charged with promoting and improving the quality and accessibility of LGBTQIA+ literature through the creation of an annual annotated bibliography of books for general adult readership. Committee members select titles that exhibit commendable literary quality and significance, authentic LGBTQIA+ content and are recommended for adults over age 18.

American Library Association Opens Registration for its 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition
The American Library Association (ALA) opened registration for the 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held at the McCormick Place Convention Center and surrounding hotels in Chicago, Illinois, June 22–27. The 2023 ALA Annual Conference invites library professionals at all career levels and from all library types to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities, including more than 160 education programs; “News You Can Use” sessions, featuring the latest insights from policy, research, and technology experts; and more than 14 thought leaders and celebrities who will speak on the main stage.

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