Here are some upcoming discussion forums and webinars that we hope our members will find useful:

An Insider’s Guide to Preparing for Promotion:
the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Time: Mar 9, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)
Link to register:
Description: Join the ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for this interactive discussion on the promotion process in academic libraries. Our distinguished panelists will discuss all aspects of the promotion process including the value that promotion and tenure bring to librarianship, how to prepare your documentation, and where to find support from within your institutions or professional organizations. If you are new to the profession, or are facing the daunting task of beginning this process, this webinar will be of value to you. Challenges including the mysterious process of determining when you are ready, and dealing with the likelihood of imposter’s syndrome will also be discussed.

Additional speaker: Wanda Kay Brown is the director of library services at the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Associate Dean of Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Brown has spent some 40 years in the profession. Along the way she has focused on being “professionally active” in state and national library organizations. In April 2018, she was elected as ALA President-Elect and served as ALA President from 2019-2020.

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An E-Resources and Libraries Virtual Event MARCH 8-11, 2021

Link to register today:


SIFnet Meeting “State of the States”

Time: Mar 11, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)
Link to register: Registration is required! When you register, you’ll get a calendar notice with the date and time for either google, outlook, or yahoo.
Description:  ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom hosts a series of online “State of the States” meetings for Intellectual Freedom representatives from state library associations and AASL/ACRL affiliates. These informal, quarterly meetings will be an opportunity for people to “meet” each other and to discuss state, local, and national intellectual freedom issues; projects & programs OIF and various state IFCs are working on; and how ALA can provide assistance and communication to your groups.


ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section 

2021 Research Poster Session at ALA: Call for Proposals 

The Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) invites proposals for the 2021 WGSS Research Poster Session, which will be held virtually, as part of the ALA Annual Virtual Conference, from June 23-29, 2021. Poster session participants create digital posters with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and audio descriptions. ​See full ALA press release for more details.

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching partnerships, critical information literacy initiatives, critical cataloging, archival practices, collection development, and scholarly communications related to women and gender studies. Topics dealing with feminism and librarianship are also welcome.  

 This year we are particularly encouraging posters related to the theme of the WGSS panel program: Transforming our Libraries for Everyone: Decolonization Trials, Tribulations, and Successes. See the bottom of this email for the full program description.  

The deadline for submitting an application for the poster session is March 8th, 2021. Following a double-blind peer-review process, applicants will be notified in April if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your application process now at You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.  

Jennifer Gilley
Chair, Research Committee
Women and Gender Studies Section 


Free online panel: “When Collections are Considered Controversial: Stories from Academic Library Workers,” 

Time: Tuesday, March 30th, 3-4pm Eastern/12-1pm Pacific

Register here: 
Sponsored by the ACRL Professional Values Committee

Join us for three fascinating presentations on how academic library workers have responded to controversies and challenges related to collection development and promotion activities, from controversial medical texts, to art books and visual materials depicting sexuality, to racial justice resource guides. The presenters will also discuss how core library values did or did not factor into their approaches and the actions they took.  For brief presentation descriptions, please see the end of this message.
The panel will include three 15-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes for Q&A, featuring the following speakers and topics:

The Pernkopf Atlas of Anatomy: A Medical Ethics Breach Hiding in Plain Sight
– Laurel Scheinfeld, Health Sciences Librarian, Stony Brook University
– Jamie Saragossi, Head of Health Sciences Library, Stony Brook University
– Kate Kasten-Mutkus, Head, Humanities and Social Sciences, Stony Brook University

The Desk as the Fig Leaf: Erotic Art Books in Library Collections
– Madison Sullivan, Fine and Performing Arts Librarian, University of Washington

Taking PRIDE in Our Values: Anti-Racism Resources at UCSF Library
– Sarah McClung, Head of Collection Development, University of California, San Francisco
– Josephine Tan, Education and Information Consultant, Clinical Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

If you are unable to attend this session but wish to view a recording later, please register and indicate your interest in receiving an email that will include a link to the video of the presentation.

After registering, a Zoom link to attend will be sent to you one week prior to the event. If you are unable to attend this session but wish to view a recording later, please register to receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Samantha Peter at


Writing your personal annual review and strategic plan with Saira Raza

This webinar is sold out! You can add yourself to the Waitlist by choosing a Tier and dropping your email.

Link to purchase:

March 20, 1.5 hours, 11am PT, 12pm MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET

From Saira Raza: My annual review at my first full-time professional job was a revelation. As someone who has kept journals since childhood, it seemed like the perfect model for processing the year’s events and articulating the directions I would explore in the next. Since then, it’s become a yearly ritual, slightly tweaked and refined over time, that has helped me reach meaningful personal goals and reckon with feelings of resistance, fear, and doubt. 

I’ve shared this process with friends who have found it helpful, and now I’d like to share it with you. In this workshop, I’ll show you what I’ve done and how it’s transformed over the years, and you’ll have a chance to get started on your own.

This workshop is perfect for those who feel “in-between,” “on the way,” “a little off course,” or “lost AF.” You will need something to write on/with, a calendar, and your deepest breathing.  

Using techniques inspired by the typical annual review process, we will practice:
Critical self-reflection grounded in patience and compassion
Disambiguating our personal vision from those that may have been imposed on us by society, loved ones, or others
Translating our intuitive sensations into clearly articulated guiding values, priorities, and goals for the present moment.


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