I haven’t made it to an ALA convention yet be attending at least once is a goal of mine as a librarian. A few years ago I was able to attend a Joint Conference of Librarians of Color in TX a few years ago and it was wonderful! Librarian conferences are fun, informative and energizing! I can’t imagine how it would be to attend in DC! If you happen to be attending this year, don’t miss any of the events organized by ALA subgroups for librarians of color. Sessions are designed to address current issues or provide the opportunity for communities to come together at annual celebrations. REFORMA the National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, CALA the Chinese American Librarian Association, APALA the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association and AILA the American Indian Librarian Association all had information I found online. BCALA the Black Caucus of the American Librarian Association has provided this document which lists events BCALAWashDCMtgs10
Libraries should be leaders in diversity. The information and example we provide should help Americans find and understand their place in a complex and diverse world. I’m not going to be able to mix it up at ALA in June but I hope you can!