Magazine article American Libraries

ASCLA Works Together on Status. (the Association's Associations)

Magazine article American Libraries

ASCLA Works Together on Status. (the Association's Associations)

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A recurring theme in our profession is Why Status Matters, and the members of ALA's Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA) have the top five answers to that question:

5. Federal funding

Although getting federal funding won't directly improve your paycheck, it can help provide community services. ASCLA members are at the forefront of efforts to reauthorize the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). They have partnered with ALA's Washington Office to create an LSTA Success Story database, available online at cs.ala.org/ra/lsta/. If you have a success story, share it so that legislators know how LSTA has made a difference in your community.

4. State advocates

A state librarian once told me that state librarians have the 50 toughest jobs, and recent events in state capitals have confirmed that. Many state library agencies have been under siege, and while we cheer the successes (Florida), we grieve the losses (Minnesota). Leadership and advocacy at the state level is important for raising the status of librarians. Stop by and support state and provincial librarians at the ASCLA and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies reception June 22, from 9 p.m. until midnight during the joint ALA/CLA Annual Conference in Toronto.

3. Workforce diversity

If libraries are sincere in their commitment to a diverse workforce, they need to actively recruit librarians with disabilities. Thanks to an ASCLA scholarship, more people with disabilities are getting library degrees. …

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