Upcoming TSLAC Webinar – A Black History Month Taxonomy: Programming in Public Libraries

Join us on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 12-1 pm CDT for a free webinar to learn about the Black History Month Taxonomy Project. In this session, attendees will learn about the groundbreaking Black History Month (BHM) public library program taxonomy and will explore what libraries are (and aren’t) doing to support BHM, strategies for libraries to improve or increase library offerings, and will include resources to support BHM programming. This session also offers 1 hour of Texas State Library Continuing Education credit. 

Speakers for this session include: 

Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Associate Director of School Outreach, New York Public Library 
Grace Jackson-Brown, Research and Instruction Librarian, Missouri State University  
Amita Lonial, Assistant Library Director, Tacoma Public Library
Deborah Robinson, Research Investigator, University of Michigan

Here is a link to the webinar registration page. 

About the Black History Month Taxonomy Project

Black History Month (BHM) is a national commemoration of historical and current contributions of African Americans, and today, virtually every public library across the U.S. conducts some programming during Black History Month. However, the content, scope, and quality of that programming vary, and little is known about how BHM programming is developed. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) received a Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to explore the current state of Black History Month (BHM) programming offered at public libraries and identify significant gaps. 

This project is led by the Black Caucus American Library Association (BCALA) and includes collaborative partners from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) at the University of Michigan, and the American Library Association (ALA). It is also made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

What are the types of Black History Month Programming being conducted in public libraries? Learn about the taxonomy at: BlackHistoryMonth.BCALA.org

To learn more about the Black History Month Taxonomy Project, visit their webpage at https://blackhistorymonth.bcala.org. For questions about this educational offering, please contact Laura Tadena, Library Management and Equity Consultant, at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov, or Naomi DiTullio, Online Learning Consultant, at nditulli@tsl.texas.gov

We hope to see you there!

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