Tuesday, July 31, 2018

NELA/RILA Conference October 21-23, 2018

We're very pleased & excited to announce that early bird registration is now open!
Speakers, please click HERE to register.

Sunday Keynote Speaker: "Welcome: The Library is Your Place" - Cyndee Sturgis Landrum - Start your conference off right with an inspiring keynote speech by Cyndee Sturgis Landrum who will share reflections on making your library a welcoming place.  Cyndee Sturgis Landrum has over 20 years of experience in the library and information science profession. She has worked in academic, medical and public libraries in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. She is a member of several community and professional associations.
Sunday Night Annual Banquet - Margaret Willison
Monday NERTCL Lunch - Tracey Baptiste
Monday General Lunch - Live Podcast with Andrew Cunningham & Craig Getting
Tuesday AM ALA President "Big Ideas" Talk - Loida Garcia-Febo
Tuesday Lunch - Gregory Maguire

Preliminary Program Schedule*
Decide which days of conference you will be attending by viewing our preliminary program schedule.  PDF version of schedule will be available at a later date.
Sunday Pre-Conference: Advocacy Bootcamp
In partnership with ALA, NELA is pleased to be offering a Sunday pre-conference this year.  More information & registration available soon!  Time will be 9am - 12am, and cost will be $25.
Hotel Information
Last, but not least, to ensure a hotel reservation, make sure to book early!  Visit our personalized hotel website to book your room today!  Or view hotel information at a glance on our conference website.  NELA rate deadline is September 20th!
Thank you for your support of NELA!  We look forward to seeing you in October!

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change.

Susan Edmonds, 2018 Conference Chair & NELA VP
Megan Bishop, NELA Events & Communications Coordinator

See link below:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Cultural Literacy and Diversity Training for Librarians

Cultural Literacy and Diversity Training for Librarians

Date and Time: August 7, 2018, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Fee: $149.00

The editors of School Library Journal present a one-day workshop on Cultural Literacy and Diversity Training for Librarians. This immersive, interactive day of learning will focus on evaluation of books and media, collection development practices, readers’ advisory, and book marketing and promotion. Attendees will come away with an understanding of key concepts such as white privilege, implicit bias, and intersectionality. Librarians will learn how to recognize offensive stereotypes, tropes, and microaggressions within media and how to assess for authenticity and appropriation. Participants will learn how to perform a diversity audit on existing collections and how to craft selection policies and guidelines that set benchmarks for diversity and inclusion. Instructors will include Anastasia Collins, a Simmons College liaison librarian; Mahnaz Dar, SLJ reference and professional reading editor; Shelley Diaz, SLJ reviews manager; and Kiera Parrott, reviews director at Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Primary audience: school librarians; public youth services librarians; educators

Key skills/competencies that will be addressed:
Understanding of key diversity and cultural literacy concepts such as white privilege, implicit bias, stereotypes and tropes, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and intersectionality.

Ability to recognize common problematic elements in text and art.

Ability to assess the diversity and inclusiveness of current collection development, RA, and promotional practices.

Tools, tips, and advice on how to better diversify collections and displays and how to advocate for inclusive books.

Program and speaker biographies


Questions? Contact sljevents@mediasourceinc.com