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Guest Post: GET LOUD: No more shushing and “being nice” from white library workers

I’ve been struggling with how to write about this. Unsure of how to best get across the anger I feel towards the library profession’s general response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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IlA/ACRL Stands with ILA on Racism and Social Justice

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The Iowa chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries stands with the Iowa Library Association in support and solidarity with those demonstrating for racial justice. Black Lives Matter, and it is incumbent upon on all of us to work to create an equitable and explicitly anti-racist society. Let us also remember to center Black voices and concerns, both at this moment and as this work continues into the future. Libraries and higher education, as formal social institutions, have historically often reinforced inequity and oppression in spite of our stated values of access and inclusion. Below you will find the ILA letter of support for Black Lives Matter and social and racial justice, and the organization's diversity statment.

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New Decade, New Conference: Survey and Focus Group Responses

Back in February (a.k.a. Pre-COVID times), the Spring Conference Committee solicited feedback on the future of the ILA/ACRL and IPAL Spring Joint Conference for 2021 and beyond. Thank you to all who participated! Your input helps our organizations to serve members more meaningfully.

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Re-Opening Resources

As our focus and conversation moves from closure to reopening, we know that many of you are looking for resources and best practices for resuming services and operations while ensuring employee and patron safety.
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Keeping Up in Iowa With Presenting at ACRL

Today the ILA/ACRL Professional Development Committee brings you "Keeping Up In Iowa With Presenting at ACRL" presented by Kari A. Kozak, Head of the Lichtenberger Engineering Library at the University of Iowa. Have questions, comments, or more ideas? We encourage you to post them in the comments!

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