On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc. (JCLC) held its reception at the Omni Hotel. JCLC, Inc. Board President Ken Yamashita announced the location for JCLC 2018 – The 3rd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, which will be in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 26-30, 2018. The announcement was met with excitement and much enthusiasm.
Paulita Aguilar, Outreach Librarian at the University of New Mexico, spoke about Albuquerque and its rich culture. Julie Todaro, ALA President and Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress stopped by and spoke positively about JCLC. Other long time supporters of JCLC in attendance included Jim Neal, ALA VP/President-Elect; ALA Past Presidents including Camila Alire, Nancy Kranich, and Ann K. Symons; Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian of Congress and Robert Wedgworth, Past ALA Executive Director. JCLC appreciated ALA’s support of the reception!
We are fortunate to work with a great group of steering committee members and we all look forward to working with you. We would LOVE to have you take part in one our committees! This is a great opportunity to work with colleagues, gaining and contributing experience, while making a huge impact on the delivery of library and information services to our diverse communities!
If you would like to volunteer, please complete the JCLC 2018 Volunteer Form. Thank you for your consideration!
First held in 2006 in Dallas, Texas, and then again in 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri, the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use library services. It will be held next on September 26-30, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
More updates regarding the conference and JCLC Inc. will be forthcoming via the organization’s website. Please visit the JCLC Inc website, where donations can also be made to support JCLC’s work to advocate for and address the common needs of librarians of color.