Administration, Management, and Finance

Making the connection: Amanda L. Folk and Tracey Overbey discuss libraries and the Black and African American experience

Still a predominantly white profession, librarianship has a legacy of racial discrimination, and we must face and better understand the ways in which race impacts how we meet users’ needs both now and in the future. Amanda L. Folk and Tracey Overbey, authors of two ALA Editions Special Reports, posit that identifying and acknowledging implicit and learned bias is a necessary step for moving forward.

"The world needs more people who speak the language of information ethics": editors John T. F. Burgess and Emily J. M. Knox discuss their new text

In his foreword to Foundations of Information Ethics, Robert Hauptman sums it up best: "An ethical attitude to the production, dissemination, storage, access, and retrieval of information and data is beneficial and necessary to a well-functioning information society; this is affirmed by crisis after crisis concerning false news, fake facts, social media privacy invasions, and everything else." John T. F. Burgess and Emily J. M.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich discusses resilience, subject of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries' book

Formally launched in 2014, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify emerging trendsrelevant to libraries and the communities they serve, promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future, and build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues.