November ALA Liaison Report

November’s ALA Liaison Report includes funding opportunities, more information about LibLearnX session recommendations for those working in youth services, and resources related to book challenges.

Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) 

    • ALA created a resource about how libraries can qualify for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund.

Committee on Legislation (COL)

  • Conference Committee
    • Registration for LibLearnX Virtual is now open.  The Advanced Registration Rate is only open through November 30.
    • Some authors of children’s and young adult literature speaking at LibLearnX include Mariko Tamaki, Kelly Yang, Jacqueline Woodson, and Angeline Boulley.
    • There will be many educational sessions of interest to YALSA members. Some recommendations include:
        • All Learners Welcome: Serving at Home Learners and Homeschoolers at Your Library
        • And Your Name Is…What?: Eliminating Name-Based Microaggressions in a Library Environment
        • Build Student Agency with Self-Selected Research Topics
        • Foundation & Formation: Literacy Outreach to Black Boys & Young Black Men
        • Making Our Spaces Accessible: Makerspaces That Include Patrons with Disabilities
        • Let Teens Lead: Strategies to Build Programs Developed By Teens, For Teens
        • Sort It Out! In-House Classification Systems for Comics and Graphic Novels
        • Adding “Kid Voice” Into your Reader’s Advisory Practices
        • A Virtual Place of Their Own: Providing Radical Teen Services on Discord
        • Ensuring Equity When Program Planning

Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)

EDI Assembly