The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board will be hosting ALA Town Hall: Library Advocacy and Core Values in Uncertain Times for members during the Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta. The event will take place on Sunday, January 22, from 9:30–11 a.m. in the GWCC Thomas Murphy Ballroom 3–4, immediately following the Council I meeting, and American Libraries will be streaming the town hall live at facebook.com/amlibraries for anyone who cannot attend in person.
In recent months, ALA members have expressed concerns about the effects of the recent election on the positions and advocacy efforts of the Association, and this event was created to provide a forum to continue that conversation. Although the town hall follows the first meeting of ALA’s governing council, all interested conference attendees are welcome to attend and share their feedback, concerns, ideas, and aspirations for ALA.
The meeting will be facilitated by Cheryl Gorman, senior fellow at the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. ALA and the Harwood Institute have been partners since 2014 on Libraries Transforming Communities and other initiatives.