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September 30 Webinar: Accessing African Children’s Literature Through Online Resources

 Come learn from our two panelists, experts in juvenile literature from Africa.

The International Relations Committee and Africa Subcommittee is pleased to present a webinar on September 30, 2020:

Accessing African Children’s Literature through Online Resources

Please share with colleagues and other groups.

All are welcome!

September 30, 2020  

Time Zones: 6:00 pm Nairobi

11:00 am Eastern Time (USA)

10:00 am Central Time (USA)

9:00 am Mountain (USA)

8:00 am Pacific (USA)

Call for Papers: Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture


Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA) 

42nd Annual Conference, Week of February 22-27, 2021

Submissions Open September 1, 2020 

Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020 

For the 2021 Conference, SWPACA is going virtual! Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, we will be holding our annual conference completely online this year. We hope you will join us for exciting papers, discussions, and the experience you’ve come to expect from Southwest. 

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 42nd annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit 

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: 

•           Histories and profiles of popular culture resources and collections in cultural heritage institutions; a chance to show off what you’ve got to scholars who might want to use it 

•           Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources 

•           Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs 

•           Special exhibits of popular culture resources, outreach programs, etc. of cultural heritage institutions 

•           Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues 

•           Web 2.0, gaming, semantic web, etc. and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities collections 

•           The role of public libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in economic hard times and natural disasters 

•           Oral history projects 

•           Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in cultural heritage institutions and those in academia or other organizations. 

We encourage proposals for panels and roundtables organized around common themes. 

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at 

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at 

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.    

SWPACA will offer registration reimbursement awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2021. SWPACA will also offer registration reimbursement awards for select undergraduate and graduate students in place of our traditional travel awards. For more information, visit Registration for the conference will be open and available in late fall. Watch your email for details! 

In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at 

If you have any questions about the Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne Stauffer  

Webinar: An Outrage: Hosting a Virtual Scholar-Led Screening and Discussion

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office for a free webinar to learn how your library can use free resources to host a virtual event about the history and legacy of lynching in the American South.

WEBINAR: An Outrage: Hosting a Virtual Scholar-Led Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, Sept. 9

1 p.m. CT

Register here:

The nationwide uprising for racial justice could spur fundamental shifts in how Americans remember and reckon with the past. Join us to learn how your library can play a constructive role by hosting a virtual film screening and discussion program.

In this webinar, participants will hear from the librarian who led the writing of a community discussion guide for “An Outrage,” a Smithsonian-premiered, award-winning documentary film about the history and legacy of lynching in the American South.

Participants in this session will learn how to:

  • Plan a successful screening
  • Engage with local scholars
  • Write questions that will foster open and respectful discussion

Funding for this webinar has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Call for Papers

The African Library & Information Association & Institutions has put out a call for papers.

Currently, the Fourth Industrial revolution is building on digital technology as data and knowledge become the premium commodities for innovative solutions; as people, machines and locations become hyper-connected and lines between digital, physical and biological realities blur. So many possibilities exist with the different strands and components of 4IR as learning, teaching, research and scholarly communications have heavily migrated online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All these undergird the theme of the 4th AfLIA Conference and 6th African Libraries Summit ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution, sustainable development and African libraries’.

Africa is facing developmental challenges in all sectors that need innovative solutions. The 4IR can only be driven with knowledge, access to information and skills that will enable Africans to learn, think and innovate. AfLIA, as the trusted platform for African librarians in the continent and the diaspora sees potentials for libraries to be integrated into national, regional and industrial thrusts for 4IR initiatives in the continent. We are therefore highly interested in getting all Library professionals ready for the 4IR; ready for the future that is already here.

The 2021 AfLIA Conference and 6th African Libraries Summit will offer librarians the opportunities to learn more about 4IR, update their skills and understand their roles as African countries work on Smart City ideas, Connectivity, Open Science and Machine Learning among other features of 4IR. This 4th AfLIA Conference and 6th African Library Summit will include preconference workshops, Keynote and paper presentations from experts, posters, Ignite Talks as well as sessions by AfLIA Sections and entities in the industry who may wish to participate.  AfLIA is also introducing the Big Ideas Podium for innovative and creative thinkers in the profession who can stir others up through spoken word artistry and help the African Library sector see the future of libraries in the continent properly as pertains to the 4IR.

Please visit for more information.

ALSC Virtual Conference – Multiple Scholarships Available – Deadline 9/9!

There are 13 scholarships available for public library staff to apply for the 2020 Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Virtual National Institute [] which will take place online between October 2-3.  Due to COVID-19 and the conference moving online, we’re able to offer more scholarships than normal due to the lower cost involved.  The details for the scholarships are as follows:

Number of Scholarships:  20 minimum

Deadline:  September 9th by end of day (recipients will be notified on 9.11)

Application Link:  ALSC Scholarship []

If awarded a scholarship, conference attendees will be expected to participate in a “Teach Back []” as a way to share the knowledge they gained with the wider Virginia library world.

For more information regarding scholarships from the Library of Virginia, please see our Scholarships [] page on the InfoCenter.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks and have a wonderful rest of your day!


Free Live-Virtual Discussion

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Topic: Unmasking the Realities: Racial Equity in Education on Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Racial equity is corrective justice for communities that have suffered oppression due to a long history of legislated or institutionalized racism. Many people may not realize there is an equity problem in education because their individual experiences or biases don’t allow them to see inequity. Yet there are visible disparities in student outcomes, teacher performance, curriculum, admission practices and more linked to race.

Join us for a candid conversation with parents and educators about the impact of COVID-19 on an education system that already faces a pre-existing struggle with racial equity. Panelists include:

Dr. Littisha Bates, Parent, Associate Dean, Teacher, Researcher and Activist, University of Cincinnati

Shadiyah Cammack, Teacher, Chicago, IL

Yolanda Lauderdale, Parent, Teacher, Cincinnati Public Schools

Whitney Owens, Parent, Chief Learning Officer, Cincinnati Museum Center

Monise Seward, Parent, Teacher, Atlanta, GA