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June Message From The DC Community Board

Dear DCSLA Community Members,


The past few weeks have been among the most challenging in our country in a long time. The dangers of a viral pandemic have created economic hardship and recent acts of racial injustice have motivated action and raised awareness to drive a change to a more equitable society. 


This past Sunday, June 14th, was Flag Day. It is a day on which we recognize that our flag is a symbol of who we are and where we have come from as a nation, as well as an emblem of our hope for the betterment of our country, and our trust in our ability as Americans to move towards a future where all people, of all backgrounds, can be treated as equals. 


A real discourse about what is taking place in our society, and the ideas that are shaping events, needs to be had, but that requires greater understanding and learning from all. Librarians and archivists are at the forefront of public service in our public libraries and archives, and as the backbone of institutions that provide the necessary research for informed decision-making. 


As the leadership of this SLA community, we are all committed to using our voices to ‘actively combat’ racism (see SLA Press Release). We have and will in future find opportunities to instill greater respect for the ideas and voices of the members of our association, our communities, and our profession. We will work diligently to represent divergent perspectives in our programming while, at the same time, not placing a burden of representation on a small group of people.


Through our virtual programming, get-togethers, InfoBites and book discussion series, we will challenge ourselves and you, as our colleagues, to be open to new voices and to build each other up through listening to one another more intently and with more grace and compassion. This community is one that strives to be welcoming to all; we must be thoughtful in challenging what we are today and in developing a vision for what we can become in the future. We need your presence, your voice, and your willingness to be open to change towards the good. 


Thank you for being a part of this community and for joining us to stand against injustice while we work to build a better world for everyone in the ways that we, as individuals, are able.

-Be Well and Stay Engaged

This message was developed with contributions from the members of the DC SLA Community’s Board.

Member Spotlight
Our community is growing! Let's give a big DC Community welcome to:
David Trudeau
Rhonda Contreras
Cara Forster
Anjali Kale 
Dinesh Siddaiah
Sunder Singh Tanwar
Member Resources


DCSLA (non-medical) Pandemic Resources

We want to support you as much as we can during these difficult times. If you're in need of professional development, mental health help, or financial help, please take a look at a list of resources we have compiled and send any additional resources you may know about to


DICE Community Social Justice Resources

The Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity SLA Community has created a resource guide for those seeking to learn more about social justice issues. If you'd like to add resources, please contact the DICE co-conveners.

Join us on twitter ( we're @sladc) every Friday for a lunch chat from 12-1 ET! Tweet with the hashtag #LibrarianLunchChat to engage with other SLA members that are on twitter. Discussion questions are posted on our Facebook and SLA Connect page on Wed. evenings. RSVP here. We look forward to chatting with everyone on this and every Friday! All are welcome!


Virtual Movie Night!

Stay at home and watch a movie with us on July 11th at 6PM! A discussion chat will follow the movie at 8PM. We'll be watching the runnner up from the last poll, Loving Vincent! RSVP here.

Sharon Lenius shares wisdom: a discussion with DC & Military Libraries SLA

Wed, July 22, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT
Register here.

Join the Military Libraries and DC SLA Communities for a learning session from SLA stalwart Sharon Lenius, who is one of two recent recipients of SLA’s John Cotton Dana award

Sharon is a retired federal and military librarian who served as digital resources librarian for the Headquarters, Joint Staff, National Guard Bureau and as director of the Technical Reference Library of the Reserve Component Automation System.

This discussion is a chance to gain professional wisdom from Sharon that she has gathered from her distinguished career. It will be a short presentation followed by a period of Q&A, so please do come with questions.