(From American Libraries magazine, by )
“Jody Gray witnessed a “barrage of tragedy” within her first year as director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS)—from the Pulse nightclub murders in Orlando, Florida, to the Dallas police shootings.
“Libraries were suddenly in the middle of everything,” Gray says. Libraries have long offered their patrons inclusive, safe places to go, she says, but increasingly “they were doing it in crisis.”
Nationally, librarians looked to ALA for leadership. When Gray received calls from people seeking advice on how to deal with trauma and discrimination, she privately connected them with colleagues who faced similar issues in their own communities. But Gray started thinking: “There’s got to be a way for people to communicate to each other what they’re doing in these times of crisis that doesn’t have to be vetted [by ALA]. It could be flexible, on the ground, and offer a space for librarians to share directly with each other.” Continue reading Messages of Inclusion: A grassroots campaign for turbulent times
Hosted by the St. Paul Public Library, Net Inclusion 2017 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, policymakers and entities reliant upon online access and digital skills of their clients/users.
We are thrilled to announce our keynote is Maya Wiley, the Senior Vice President for Social Justice and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School.
The break-out sessions and panelists are now posted. We have multiple sessions on digital inclusion program funding and multiple sessions on policy impacting digital inclusion programs (local, state and federal).
A wide range of speakers, stakeholders and participants from across industries and across the country will be in attendance. Come be a part of the community, and help define the future of digital inclusion!
Register for Net inclusion 2017
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. We work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.
The joint ALA/SAA/AAM Committee on Archives, Libraries, and Museums (CALM) needs your help!
In the spirit of true inclusion we are seeking your thoughts on the current state of inclusion in libraries, archives, and museums (LAMS).
In preparation for our annual programs at ALA and SAA we are soliciting the CALM listserv for assistance in compiling questions about the current state of inclusion in LAMS. At both programs we will engage six different panelists about the issues and challenges surrounding inclusion in LAMs and how well we are doing (or not doing) in addressing them.
What are the biggest roadblocks or obstacles to creating inclusive environments and what are some examples within your own community (even if not within your own organization)? Do you have a specific question that you would like to see addressed during the sessions?
Please send feedback to CALM co-chairs, Elizabeth Call (ALA) and Lynette Stoudt (SAA). We look forward to hearing from you by Friday, April 14!