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)
- Offensive Library of Congress subject headings will be replaced. Read more from ALA’s press release: ALA Welcomes Removal of Offensive “illegal aliens” Subject Heading.
- President Biden is expected to sign the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provides $2.75 billion for the Digital Equity Act. Libraries of all types will be eligible to apply for funding on projects supporting digital inclusion, digital equity, and digital literacy. Here is a press release about this news.
- ALA has a job opening for a Deputy Director, Public Policy and Government Relations.
- ALA is seeking applicants for the fourth cohort of the ALA Policy Corps. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2021.
- 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)
- A blog post called Lawn Boy and Gender Queer: The Trend Toward Book Challenges posted by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom Staff has resources and general guidance about book challenges.
- Please reach out to the Office of Intellectual Freedom if you need support with a challenge in your school or library. Here are instructions about how to report.
- The 2022 Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) conference is scheduled for June 26-29, 2022 in Philadelphia. Here is the call for proposals.