Monday, June 04, 2007



* The AFL-CIO – ALA Joint Committee on Library Services to Labor Groups will be meeting from 10:30 – 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 23 in the Chairman’s Room of the Doubletree Hotel (1515 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.) to begin planning for 2008. All are welcome to attend!

* The AFL-CIO – ALA Joint Committee on Library Services to Labor Groups is presenting a program, “Aging and Activism,” from 10:30 – 12 noon on Monday, June 25 in Room 103B of the Convention Center. It will include findings from the latest research on brain health and psychology, as well as a discussion of the need for activism to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens, with a special focus on retiree legislative and political issues.

This program features Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center on Aging, Health and Humanities, George Washington University, author of Mature Mind and Edward Coyle, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans.

* A booth in the Exposition Hall at the Convention Center (#2534) will feature labor materials, including pamphlets, brochures and bibliographies.
AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations)–ALA Library Service to Labor Groups
To initiate, develop, and foster, through the organizational structures of the ALA and the AFL-CIO, ways and means of effecting closer cooperation between the librarian and labor organizations and the large constituency represented by the labor organizations.

To serve as a catalyst for libraries and other institutions to enable them more effectively to fulfill both the expressed and unexpressed needs of the labor community; to encourage wider and more intensive patronage of library facilities by members of the labor community and their families; to keep librarians and labor educators aware of the needs and developments in the labor-library area so that programs, consistent with the goals of the ALA and not inconsistent with the goals of the AFL-CIO, may be developed which are responsive to the current needs of both libraries and/or labor groups.

Through its publications and other available media, the Joint Committee disseminates to librarians, labor educators, and other interested parties, book lists, film lists, and suggested programs to meet the needs of the constituency the committee serves; to provide leadership and assistance to librarians and labor organizations concerning the mutual endeavors, interests and services available.

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