Happy New Year!  January’s ALA Liaison Report includes links to many toolkits and resources related to legislative advocacy, EDI training, and more.

There is a virtual ALA President & Treasurer Candidates Forum on February 16 at 1:00 PM (Central Time). Register here. 

Committee on Legislation (COL)

Conference Committee

    • If you attended LibLearnX, the Conference Committee reminds you to please complete your post-conference surveys so the event can improve in the future.
    • Registration for ALA Annual will open on February 7.

Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC)

EDI Assembly

      • ALA has an EDI Speakers Bureau as well as a list of EDI training opportunities geared toward the LIS profession.
      • For those seeking guidance on both public and school library advocacy, check out the Library Advocate’s Handbook as well as the AASL‘s Advocacy Toolkit.
      • There is a Facebook group called Spoonie Librarians where people working in libraries or library-related positions and dealing with chronic illnesses or issues can find a supportive network.  There is also an online community, including a Discord group, called #CripLib for librarians with disabilities.
      • The joint ALA/ARL Building Cultural Proficiencies for Racial Equity framework Task Force seeks feedback from the library community on the initial draft of the framework.  Feedback is due by March 2. Read more information here.
      • Subscribe to the ALA Office of Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services newsletter.
      • ACRL Board has granted funding to the ACRL EDI Committee to continue a second year of grants to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) library workers to cover the cost of ACRL and ALA membership. This includes the original 50 BIPOC membership recipients and an increase of 25 new memberships for successful BIPOC applicants in this fiscal year.
      • Services to Refugees, Immigrants, and Displaced Persons shared a toolkit called “Engaging Multilingual Communities and English Language Learners in U.S. Libraries”.
      • There is an open call for applications for the 2022 IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence.  Details can be found here.  Applications are due February 1, 2022.

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