Saturday, August 29, 2020

2020 Virtual Urban Librarians Conference (ULC)

Registration is open for the 2020 Virtual Urban Librarians Conference (ULC) on September 11th, 2020!

If you are facing financial hardship and cannot afford the $35 registration for the Urban Librarians Conference, click below. The Conference Coordinators will do everything they can to get you to the conference. All information is strictly confidential. 

Bilingual Storytime Basics: Strategies for Serving Linguistically Diverse Families presented by Katie Scherrer

 In this workshops, attendees will learn 
· help staff understand how to design bilingual OR linguistically/culturally diverse storytimes, even if they do not speak the language of their target audience
· guide staff through outreach strategies to overcome common barriers to library use that may be experienced by the families they hope to serve
· expose staff to high-quality books, songs, and other resources to use in storytime 
· empower staff to feel confident in their ability to serve linguistically diverse families in storytime
This workshop will take place over 2 days on Wednesday, September 16 and 25 from 10:00-1:00. You must be able to attend both days. The recording of this workshop will only be available to workshop attendees. 

2021 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposal Deadline

Program proposals for the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will close at Midnight (EST) on September 30, 2020. Proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, Round Tables, Committees, and Offices.
With your assistance, ALA is looking forward to building a supply of content that is informative, innovative, and diverse. 
Final Decisions will be made on in December 2020 with a schedule of announced sessions in January 2021.

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color - JCLC 2022


We invite you to be part of the #JCLC2022 planning committee. This is a great opportunity to work with colleagues, to gain and to contribute experience, and to make a huge impact on the delivery of library and information services to our diverse communities.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

ALSC 2020 Equity Fellowship

Applications are now open for the ALSC 2020 Equity Fellowship!

The Equity Fellowship is a BIPOC mentorship program that awards funding for
two years of ALA and ALSC membership, one year of registration and travel
stipends to both ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter Conferences and provides
valuable mentoring and networking opportunities. This is the second round of
Fellowships and some of our first Fellows have gone on to chair ALSC
committees, attend the Morris Seminar, represent ALSC in ALA Assemblies and do
other amazing things. Becoming an Equity Fellow is a great way to build
leadership experience and contribute to the important work we are doing as a
national organization committed to serving all children. To learn more about
this program or complete your application please visit the Equity Fellowship

Sophie Kenney (she/her)
Co-Chair, ALSC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Virtual Spanish Language Book Buzz Summer Series 📚

Find out what’s new in the publishing industry for children, young adults, and adults. The REFORMA Virtual Spanish Language Book Buzz Summer Series​ will be open to librarians, educators, students, and professionals interested in serving Latino and Spanish-speaking communities. Presentations will be held in English via Zoom and Facebook.

Registration is free. Presented by REFORMA Los Angeles and REFORMA Northeast chapters.

Project READY Informational Webinar

Project READY Informational Webinar

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Webinar

Beginning this fall, OLIS will be facilitating a RI cohort(s) of youth services library staff interested in working through the Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth online professional development curriculum. This will be a year long learning opportunity, with a mix of monthly cohort meetings and asynchronous work.

Public, school, and academic library staff working with youth are invited to this informational webinar to learn more about Project READY and how the RI cohort model will be implemented. Learning about racial justice is an ongoing and evolving process and all are welcome, regardless of where you are on your journey. Even if you have experience using Project READY we invite you to join us.

If you cannot attend the webinar, please register to receive the recording and follow-up communications about the program.

Project READY is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University, and the Wake County (NC) Public School System. Learn more about Project READY here:

Please register to receive the meeting login information. Registration closes one hour before the meeting and login information will be emailed to registrants one hour before the webinar.

Register at:

Contact Danielle Margarida at with questions or for additional information.