P.A.C.E. in Action
P.A.C.E. in Action
Support the Freedom to Read
Here is a request from the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Team.
"We know that the Constitution and our values are on our side – and our polling shows that voters agree. But the small minority of censorship proponents are loud. We need to get loud, too.
In many cases, local leaders have successfully pushed back by using our greatest strength – the overwhelming support of our communities. Librarians, trustees, students, and parents have come together to reject censorship.
A new Congress is just getting started, and we’re hearing more and more about censorship. On one hand, some of the dangerous ideas we’ve seen recently at the state and local level now are being proposed in Congress. On the other hand, some principled leaders are starting to speak out against censorship and in defense of the freedom to read.
We must speak up NOW so that Congress understands exactly how important the freedom to read is to libraries and those who depend on them."
Use the link below to contact your representative and support the freedom to read.
ALA Advocacy Resource
ALA has a new tool to assist those trying to navigate the "Congressional landscape." Use ALA Mobile Alerts to locate your representative and send a letter requesting support for various library initiatives.
- Sign-up by texting ALA to 716-271-2182.
- Share this resource with other librarians.
What Are the Benefits of a Certified School Librarian?
Based in the UK, Lucas Maxwell shares key points and sources to support the benefits of school librarians.
Realizing there are still people who are not aware of impact studies which prove the value of school librarians, these reasons provide great supports for anyone who is asked to explain.
February News (2023)
African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus for Words of Wisdom
In honor of Black History Month and as part of Experience MLA, please join the African American Medical Librarians Alliance Caucus for Words of Wisdom Returns! To honor the historical footprint of AAMLA and the African American community, this session will feature a conversation with three seasoned African American Librarians: Sandra Franklin, PJ Grier, and Joy Summers-Ables.
This is a free Medical Library Association webinar. You do not need to be a member to attend. These have been well done before.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 871 6049 1302
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MASL Virtual Town Hall on January 17, 2023
On January 17, 2023, from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, MASL will have a virtual town hall meeting. Open to MASL members and supporters, this town hall will give attendees a chance to learn about the great work occurring in MASL committees.
- Hear the great things occurring within our committees.
- Share positive stories of librarianship.
- Discuss the challenges we are facing and discuss possible solutions.
- Receive information regarding the conference (speakers, location, etc.).
Due to the open forum of the town hall meeting, registration will be required. Here is a link to register. We hope to see you there.
NOTE- Due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday the date for the Virtual Townhall Meeting has been changed to 1/17/23. The time for the online meeting will remain the same.
Thank you, Representative Grijalva and Senator Reed
Reed & Grijalva Introduce Right to Read Act to Invest in Literacy & Address Disparities in Access to School Library Resources | U.S. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island
WASHINGTON, DC - Literacy opens the door for lifelong opportunity and economic success. To make sure this door is open to every child, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03) introduced the Right to Read Act (S.
Share our stories and provide support for school libraries.
Special Edition: Recognizing Native American Heritage Month
All six proposed revisions to MASL Bylaws passed.
- MASL had representation at the CEASOM Board Meeting
- MASL had representation at the DCLA Silent Read-in
- MASL supported DCLA in their efforts to have the Students' Right to Read Act passed
- MASL had representation at the Citizens of Maryland Libraries Annual Conference
- P.A.C.E. was shared with members of various Maryland library communities
- Members of MASL’s Executive Board took part in an i-UMD Panel
President's Message: MASL P.A.C.E.
Within the video are the following links:
MASL values our collaborative partners.
Citizens for Maryland Libraries - Home
CML was pleased to partner with the Maryland State Library to present the 2021 Annual Conference for Friends, Trustees, and Library Supporters via Zoom on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Watch the recording. Keynote Speaker, Rebecca Cokley is a program officer in the President's Office of the Ford Foundation.
MAPLA: Maryland Association of Public Library Administrators
MAPLA is an organization of public, regional, and state library administrative officers advocating for excellent public library services for all Maryland residents. Our vision is that residents of Maryland will know that public libraries are essential and fundamental to their quality of life.