The Joint Council of Librarians of Color (JCLC, Inc.) formed in June, 2015 as a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses the common needs of the National Associations of Librarians of Color. Coming together through JCLC Inc. are the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking.

These five organizations each have a decades-long tradition of promoting the library and information needs of their constituent communities through various endeavors, including providing scholarships for students, awarding grants to libraries for cultural programing, acquiring and donating relevant library materials and advising ALA and other professional organizations of constituent concerns.

The organization follows and takes its name from two successful joint conferences co-sponsored by these organizations; the first held in 2006 in Dallas and the second in 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. The third conference, held in 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was under the umbrella of the JCLC Inc organization.

JCLC Inc.’s purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

Board Members

The JCLC Inc. board is comprised of one representative from each of the National Associations of Librarians of Color. Currently serving on the board are:

  • Dr. Kenneth Yamashita, President (APALA)
  • Alexandra Rivera, Vice-President (REFORMA)
  • Heather Devine-Hardy, Secretary (AILA)
  • Dora Ho, Treasurer (CALA)
  • Gladys Smiley Bell, Director at Large (BCALA)