Last year, we picked “Librarians At Work” as the Urban Librarians Conference 2020 theme because librarians primarily focuses on patrons, services, and collections, yet spend little time thinking about what we are first: workers in urban library settings. This year’s schedule was crafted to highlight worker-related issues including emotional labor, accessibility, equity, caregiving, physical safety, … Continue reading #ULCon20: the Virtual Experience!
Urban Librarians Unite stands with BCALA and REFORMA against the system of white supremacy and subjugation that has been baked into American society since before our founding.
It's a difficult time for library advocacy Physical library buildings are closed, local budgets are heavily impacted by a lack of revenue, and while the NYC Library budget is largely flat, the future is uncertain. As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, continued revenue shortages may make libraries a tempting target for budget cuts which could … Continue reading NYC Library Budget Advocacy and You
ULU is matching donations to the EveryLibrary Help a Library Worker Out (HALO) Fund The COVID-19 crisis is having far reaching economic consequences for library workers across the country. The board of Urban Librarians Unite has authorized a one to one match up to $1200 and encourages you to support our colleagues who are experiencing … Continue reading Supporting The HALO Fund
From the Board of Urban Librarians Unite,Urban Librarians Unite echoes the call made by Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer this afternoon: Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Public Library should follow the same plan of action as New York Public Library, and close all units until at least March 31st. We understand the vital role public libraries … Continue reading NYC Library Closures and Covid-19