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IlA/ACRL Stands with ILA on Racism and Social Justice

Black Lives Matter Icon

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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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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COVID-19 Related ILA/ACRL Initiatives

2020 Mask Fashion Illustration by Kate Faford-Johnson

A variety of new initiatives have been sprouting from the ILA/ACRL chapter in response to rapid changes within the library profession resulting from COVID-19. Here is a snapshot of what ILA/ACRL has to offer during these unprecedented times:

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ZOOM the Gap

Image of train doors by a platform edge. Text: ILA/ACRL-IPAL Virtual Events May 21-22, 10 am to 12 pm. Zoo the gap. Zoom links will be sent through the listservs

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