Thursday, June 29, 2017
DPE Participates in American Library Association Annual Conference
DPE Participates in American Library Association Annual Conference.
The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) traveled to Chicago, Illinois, to participate in the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference, adding a union voice to the gathering of nearly 20,000 library professionals. DPE Legislative and Outreach Director Michael Wasser co-chairs the AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee, which is comprised of union members and members of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) division of ALA. The Labor Committee works to initiate, develop, and foster a closer working relationship between the librarian and labor communities.
The Labor Committee also again sponsored a program, which drew a standing room only crowd of over 50 conference attendees. This year’s program, “The New Normal: Libraries Navigate Uncertain Times,” explored how libraries rebuilt programs, services, hours, and staffing levels, and are creating new models to challenge austerity. Panelists included Kay Schwartz, director of the Flint (Mich.) Public Library and Emily Drabinski and Tamara Townsend, librarians at Long Island University, Brooklyn, and members of the Long Island University Faculty Federation.