Clint Smith, organizing workers, civic fluency

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Clint Smith

Clint Smith discussed his journey in crafting his narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, and his upcoming poetry collection, Above Ground, at his January 29 featured speaker session at ALA’s 2023 LibLearnX conference in New Orleans.


At “Library Workers: Organize and Activate,” a January 29 session at LibLearnX, panelists described the campaigns—and injustices—that compelled them to first get involved with activism within the profession. The program, moderated by ALA President Lessa Kanani‘opua Pelayo-Lozada and ALA President-Elect Emily Drabinski, touched upon panelists’ biggest wins, self-care tips, and advice for sustaining the work.

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Celebrating MLK this morning listening to his work in Chicago and Professor Sheryl Cashin's analysis of his work and how it continues today. “MLK had a radical agenda for change.” #LibLearnX23 —@westmaplemedia
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Ken Bigger, senior fellow at ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, will present on the value of using civic fluency as a guiding goal for literacy equity programs and why it’s a preferable alternative to deficit discourse and rights-based thinking. 10:30–10:50 a.m. Monday, January 30.

Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter, activist, and author Ani DiFranco will close LibLearnX with a talk about her debut picture book The Knowing. The book is written as a lullaby and weaves together themes of individual power and collective responsibility. 11 a.m.–noon Monday, January 30.

ALA’s Executive Board provides leadership and vision for the Association and acts for Council in the administration of established policies and programs. Attendees of this meeting may join in person or virtually. 1–5 p.m. Monday, January 30.


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ALA Council conducted meetings at LibLearnX to vote on key issues related to the Association’s governance and operations. Check out our recaps of the and meetings.

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Looking for a quick bite between sessions, the best gumbo, or an epicurean destination away from the action? Our New Orleans dining guide showcases different price points, neighborhoods, and cuisines—and has you covered for your stay.

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Our latest episode celebrates the bites, sounds, and culture of Louisiana with segments on New Orleans Public Library’s free music streaming service Crescent City Sounds and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s new culinary library in St. Bernard Parish.


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