Thursday, June 11, 2020

Front Lines and Fault:Lines Embarking on the next great era of library services

Recently, on my way to the ALA office here in Chicago, I—dressed in my mask and gloves—was greeted by my rideshare driver, an older African-American man who was surprisingly barefaced. I asked if he could use the extra mask in my pocket, and he accepted, thanking me. I added that there would be a mask and glove giveaway that weekend in my far South Side neighborhood.

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The Rainbow’s Arc ALA’s Rainbow Round Table celebrates 50 years of pride

Fifty years ago, under the auspices of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table, a small group of activists, librarians, and activist-librarians formed what was then known as the Task Force on Gay Liberation—the very first gay and lesbian caucus in any national professional organization.

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Racism in America - Expert Panel Discussion (FREE)

In this complimentary webinar, we discuss racism and share strategies to fight racism with an expert panel.

Racism is yet again front and center in America. Many are wondering what exactly they can do to help.Join us on June 25, 2020 at 12PM EST as Inclusion Strategist Simone E. Morris moderates an Expert Panel Discussion sharing strategies for fighting racism. We are pleased to have an amazing range of expertise on this panel. You don't want to miss this discussion.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

RILA Statement on Anti-racism

The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) condemns the actions of police brutality in Minneapolis that led to the horrific death of George Floyd, and stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and the American Library Association (ALA) in condemning violence and racism towards black people and all people of color. For far too long, we have witnessed the destruction of lives and communities at the hands of those who feel that people's skin color determines their worth.  

We condemn the persistent threats and systemic oppression that people of color face daily in this country and around the world.   

We affirm libraries as champions of democracy and a free society and will continue to stand up, with, and for people of color in our profession and in our community. 

RILA believes in advocacy, collaboration, diversity, equity, inclusion, equal access for all, and intellectual freedom. 

RILA commits to work towards anti-racist education and will use our collective voice to speak against biased behaviors that limit the rights of people of color to equitable treatment in local, state, and national policies. In the darkness, we will bring the light.  

The RILA Executive Board
The Rhode Island Library Association is a member organization and includes the following sections: Cornucopia of Rhode Island (CORI), a library community of color, the Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA), and the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

REFORMA Northeast Chapter: 16th Annual Joint Mini-Conference

REFORMA Northeast Chapter: 16th Annual Joint Mini-Conference

2020: Facing New Challenges: Working in Community, Responding to Crisis

Friday, June 19th, 2020
9:00 am to 1:30 pm

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The 11th National Conference of African American Librarians

The 11th National Conference of African American Librarians (#NCAALXI) will be held August 5-9, 2021 in Tulsa, OK. Programming includes tours on Oklahoma African American History, Historic Greenwood, and the Tusla Renaissance.  

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