ESRT: News & Highlights

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ESRT Newsletter is Back!

March 3, 2023 - We are pleased to announce that our newsletter is now back! Our new newsletter may be found under Publications along with our prior publications. Enjoy!

Combating Racism Webinar Series Coming Soon

April 13, 2022 - We are happy to announce that our Combating Racism series is back! In partnership with PLS (Public Libraries Section) and IDEAS (Instruction, Development, Equity, and Access Section), our popular webinar series will kick off on Wednesday, May 11 and occur weekly until June 8, 2022. Please stay tuned for more information!

Combating Racism in Libraries Webinar Series Recordings Now Available

November 9, 2020 - Our 6-part webinar series on combating racism in libraries and creating spaces to educate and inform our communities is now available on video! Visit the ESRT's Events page or here to view these sessions at any time. If you like this series, please stay tuned for our upcoming series in 2021!

NYLA Conference ESRT Events Now Up!

September 25, 2020 - We invite you to our many sponsored and co-sponsored events during the 2020 NYLA Virtual Conference:

Build Your Own Diverse Coalition presented by Emily Dowie, Jen Park, Joanna Goldfarb, Peyton Powell, Sandra Echols, and Grace Riario
Congrats! You're a Prison Librarian - Now What? presented by Andrea Snyder
Developing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training for Library Staff presented by Manuel Figueroa, Jamia Williams, and Grace Riario
Diversity Audit Academic Library Special Collection presented by Tiffany Davis
Information and Media Literacy Skills for High School Students presented by Elizabeth Hartnett, Janice Murray, Kelly Moses,  and Roma Matott
Library Closures: Representing the Unpresented presented by Larissa Larrier
Pathways to Professional Diversity Through Library Internships presented by Cassie Guthrie and Andrea Snyder
Refugee and Immigrant Experience in Comics presented by Jo-Ann Wong
Serving New Immigrants Beyond the Basics presented by Indira Mukherjee and Adriana Blancarte-Hayward

For more information about each program, please visit our Events page.

Combating Racism in Libraries Webinar Series

August 25, 2020 - We are proud to present a webinar series on combating racism in libraries and creating spaces to educate and inform our communities. These programs are sponsored by Public Library Services (PLS) of NYLA and free for everyone. Programs run every Wednesday from September 23 - October 21, 2 - 3 pm EST. Registration required. Video recordings will be posted here and under ESRT's Events page as they become available. Sessions are as follows:

Wednesday, September 16, 2 pm - 3 pm
Community and Communication in the Dialogue on American Racism - Past, Present & Future
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Wednesday, September 23, 2 pm - 3 pm
Using Collection Development and Readers Advisory to Introduce Race Relations
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Wednesday, September 30, 2 pm - 3 pm
Inclusive Programming - Every Race, Every Month
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Wednesday, October 7, 2 pm - 3 pm
I Write about Race - a panel discussion
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Wednesday, October 14, 2 pm - 3 pm
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in Human Resources & Microaggressions in the Workplace
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Wednesday, October 21, 2 pm - 3 pm
Teaching Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and American Culture in ESOL Classrooms
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Brian G. Martin Professional Development Award Winner Announced

November 15, 2019 - Congratulations to Jamia Williams from University of Rochester!

NYLA Conference ESRT Events Now Up!

October 4, 2019 - We invite you to our many sponsored and ESRT member-presented events during the 2019 NYLA Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY:

Cross-Cultural Communicators in Libraries presented by Mimi Lee and Fred Gitner
Documenting the Immigrant Story Through Oral Histories and Images presented by Natalie Milbrodt and Taina Evans
Does Your Story Match Your Data? presented by Robert Drake and Grace Riario
Getting "Hard-to-Count" Immigrant Communities Counted in Census 2020 presented by Jeffrey Lambert, Davis Erin Anderson, Greta Byrum, and Jeff Behler
Let's Talk 2030! presented by the Regents Advisory Council
LGBTQ+ Culture: Decoding the Alphabet Soup presented by Jennifer Stickles
LGBTQIA Q&A Panel presented by Thomas Vitale, Valerie Acklin, and Morga Hoag
Role of Librarians in College Readiness presented by Christi Sommerfeldt, Carl Andrews, Melissa Balk, Leanne Ellis, and Stephanie Pritchard
Share Your Story: Community Data and Conversation presented by Jennifer Garcon and Piper Anderson

For more information about each program, please visit our Events page.

Brian G. Martin Professional Development Award Winner Announced

November 3, 2018 - Congratulations to Indira Mukherjee from Queens Library!

NYLA Conference ESRT Booth Hours

October 29, 2018 - Attending the NYLA Conference? Drop by our booth at the following times:

Wednesday, November 7: 3 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, November 8: 10 am - 5 pm
Friday, November 9: 8 am - 12 pm

We hope to see you there!

NYLA Conference ESRT Events Now Up!

July 9, 2018 - Come to our events during the 2018 NYLA Conference in Rochester, NY:

Serving Refugees - Working Together as a Community presented by Evanna DiSalvo
Literacy Success for the Entire Family presented by Wilma Glover-Koomson and Rosa Diaz
Wall Art: Brought to You by the Friends presented by Patricia Loughan, Bruce Tehan and Richmond Futch Jr.

For more information about each program, please visit our Events page.