[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Five ethnic affiliates of ALA have collaborated to officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc. (JCLC Inc.)

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Mon Jun 8 12:08:06 PDT 2015


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 9:08 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] Five ethnic affiliates of ALA have collaborated to
officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color, Inc. (JCLC Inc.)
To: "alacro-l at lists.ala.org" <alacro-l at lists.ala.org>

 The five ethnic affiliates of the American Library Association have
collaborated to officially form the Joint Council of Librarians of Color,
Inc.(JCLC Inc.), a nonprofit organization that advocates for and addresses
the common needs of the ethnic affiliates.

Coming together through JCLC Inc. are the Black Caucus of the American
Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association
(CALA), the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific
American Librarians Association (APALA) and REFORMA: The National
Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the
Spanish-speaking. These five organizations each have a decades-long
tradition of promoting the library and information needs of their
constituent communities through various endeavors, including providing
scholarships for students, awarding grants to libraries for cultural
programing, acquiring and donating relevant library materials and advising
ALA and other professional organizations of constituent concerns.

The newly formed nonprofit follows and takes its name from two successful
joint conferences co-sponsored by these organizations; the first held in
2006 in Dallas and the second in 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Serving as
the first officers for the Joint Council are Dr. Jerome Offord, Jr. as
president, Dr. Kenneth Yamashita as vice president, Dora Ho as treasurer,
Heather Devine-Hardy as secretary and Isabel Espinal as director at large.

“The JCLC concept was just too powerful not to establish an organization
that could keep it going strongly forward,” Offord said. “When our
organizations come together as a united front and put our energies and
numbers together, we are better able to confront and address certain
critical issues. We believe there is great power in this unity.”

JCLC Inc.’s official purpose statement is: “To promote librarianship within
communities of color, support literacy and the preservation of history and
cultural heritage, collaborate on common issues, and to host the Joint
Conference of Librarians of Color every four to five years.”

JCLC Inc. has not yet established its Web presence, but each member
organization has a web site where the public can find more information:
BCALA (www.bcala.org), CALA (http://cala-web.org/), APALA (
http://www.apalaweb.org/), AILA (http://ailanet.org/) and REFORMA (

More updates regarding JCLC will be forthcoming

Don Wood
Program Officer
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Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
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Portland, OR  97207-1151

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