WE WANT YOU!

We Want You  The American Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco June 25th-30th, yes the same weekend as PRIDE! It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend. The Library, Archive and Gallery have many things planned for the long weekend, but we need your help.

On Thursday June 25th the ALA Think Tank Pre-Party will be a fundraiser for the Center for Sex and Culture Archival Library and sponsored by Makingithappen.us and EveryLibrary. All proceeds will go to support this rare archive and important social educational center.

We need help on the following days to prep for the ALA Pre-party, and so that we may host library, archive, gallery open hours during ALA/PRIDE weekend:

Sat., 6/13 – Gallery Archive Show Prep: you will be assisting gallery and space prep for a CSC archival display, this is an early shift- 9am -1pm.

Tue., 6/13 – Library work Day: you will be assisting in library, archive, gallery pre-party prep and ALA/Pride Open Hours. Continue reading “WE WANT YOU!”

The ALA Zine Pavilion Need Yer Zines!

The ALA Annual Conference will be held in San Francisco this summer, during PRIDE weekend, look out SF! I will be volunteering at the Zine Pavilion, and will be there representing the Center for Sex & Culture, make sure you stop by our table at the Zine Pavilion!

The Zine Pavilion crew will also be exhibiting zines, but we need your donations to make it all possible! The donations will be raffled off at the end of the ALA to one, or more, lucky libraries to help them start or add to their zine collection. Show some library love by donating your zines!

The Zine Pavilion is also looking for exhibitors!

Seeking zinesters to table at the zine pavillion to be set up at the American Library Association [ALA] annual conference in San Francisco June 26th – June 29th.
A group of librarians have been given the opportunity to showcase zines on the convention floor at the ALA annual conference. We are currently seeking zinesters who want to showcase their wares.  The tables are FREE, as is a pass to get into the conference. Tables will be stationed around a “zine pavillion,” which will have a ton of zines [donations welcome!] which will be raffled off to one luck library. You can table for any amount of time that works with your schedule.  The purpose is to spread the love of zines and zinecollections in libraries to the greater library community. To get a sense of how we run the pavilion and for more information visit our tumblr: http://zinepavilion.tumblr. com/  You will be able to sell your work and will get a lot of exposure to librarians all over the United States.  zinepavilion@gmail.com
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The American Library Association


Melvil Dewey, Justin Winsor, C. A. Cutter, Samuel S. Green, James L. Whitney, Fred B. Perkins, and Thomas W. Bicknell issued a call to librarians to form a professional organization. During what was known as the “Convention of Librarians,” held October 4-6 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 with October 6th marking the founding day of the American Library Association, making it the oldest library association in North America

Mission Statement
“The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship.” The stated mission is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

In 1998 the ALA focused their commitment to five Key Action Areas.

1. Diversity
2. Equity of Access
3. Education and Continuous Learning
4. Intellectual Freedom
5. Literacy

Round Tables
Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered
Intellectual Freedom
Library History
Library Research

Social Responsibilities

Membership

Membership in ALA is open to all librarians, library workers, trustees, friends of libraries, and library supporters; libraries and other non-profits; and corporations that serve the library community in the United States and abroad. You are invited to join ALA as a Personal, Organizational, or Corporate member.

Membership Privileges

Committee Service

Conference, event and course discount

Insurance

Publications

Service Discounts

Notable Divisions

American Association of School Librarians
Association for Library Collections and technical Services
Association for Library Service to Children
Association of College and Research Libraries

Public Library Association
Reference and User Services Association
Young Adult Library Services Association


Political Affiliation and Positions

The ALA is know for having strong political views and activism, in such charged arenas as intellectual freedom, banned reading material, civil liberties, and have been leaders in the LGBTQ community.

The ALA is openly opposed to the US Patriot Act, censorship and strives to protect patron privacy.

Intellectual Freedom

“the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.”

More information can be located on the ALA’s Freedom to Read Statement and The Library Bill of Rights.

Library Bill of Rights

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948, by the ALA Council; amended February 2, 1961; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.