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Making Your Case to Attend JCLC 2022

A distinctly unique opportunity for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) librarians, library workers, LIS students and their allies is to participate in the acclaimed, once-in-every-four years conference: the 4th National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2022 (JCLC 2022).

The JCLC 2022 is the only conference of its kind to be co-sponsored, planned, organized, promoted and presented by the five National Associations of Librarians of Color (NALCo): the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and REFORMA—The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking.

The Joint Council of Librarians of Color Inc. (JCLC Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as the fiscal agent and resource advisory supporter of the Conference.

The JCLC 2022 theme Gathering for Action: EDI—Where Do We Go from Here? infuses the concurrent conference programs and pre-conference institutes in five tracks: Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration; Bridge Building, Intersectionality and Inclusion; Technology and Innovation; Collections, Programs and Services; Leadership Management and Organizational Development.  Programs are presented by BIPOC expert practitioners and conference events celebrate the BIPOC knowledge and culture of each NALCo.

The JCLC conferences also offer a rare occasion for BIPOC individuals and allies to come together in a safe environment that fosters congeniality and develops a cohort of peers who collaboratively address issues of racism and culture that the LIS profession struggles to improve, including recruitment and retention of BIPOC individuals and how best to serve the communities we reflect.  It is truly the only such Conference for BIPOC individuals and allies that is by BIPOC librarian-experts.

If you are deeply interested/invested in BIPOC librarian issues and/or if your job requirements are addressed by continuing education and training in BIPOC librarian issues, successes and challenges, then the 4th National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2022 is the most relevant, essential conference for you!