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Obviously, the conversation about the value of libraries and information professionals is becoming larger, especially with financially challenged governments these days. We definitely need more dialogue and understanding. For more info:

Start with Computers in Libraries Connect panel in the Enterprise Practices Track Wed March 24 to catch up with what’s happening with government libraries in three different countries — 
New Evolved Government Libraries
Richard Huffine, Chief, Library & Public Information, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp & SLA DC Community Leader
Kevin Adams, Information Specialist, ESR, New Zealand & former SLA Board Member
Elizabeth Nash, Reference Librarian, Statistics Canada & Canadian Federal Libraries Strategic  Network
Our speakers share their experiences over the last year resetting their operations, practices and services. Huffine discusses how US Federal Libraries have made the move to supporting a largely telework workforce since March 2020 and what aspects of those changes may continue even after the “return to office” that is anticipated once the workforce can safely work together in close proximity. Adams discusses how New Zealanders have largely returned to their offices and how he continues to support the ESR, New Zealand’s Crown Research Institute that specializes in science relating to people and communities that was already geographically distributed before the pandemic. Nash explores how Canadian federal libraries, including her home library at Statistics Canada, have been evolving their service and resources offerings over the last year to support a largely remote workforce as well as how libraries have been adapting from normal to new normal to next normal.

AND, SLA Canada  is planning their meeting, May 20, 4-5pm ET
Canadian Government Information & Knowledge Sharing
Speakers: Gov CIOs — assistance in finding Federal & Provincial possible speakers would be great!
As we have come to learn, communication from our government is critical, especially when a health crisis involves us all! This session with government specialists who manage and share data and information in their departments and with the public looks at the challenges and experiences of the last year and more!
 
We definitely need to understand more about Canadian (and other) governments & what their priorities/needs are so that we can provide appropriate valued services! Especially in the light of the latest announcement about closing the Alberta Government Library.
 
Help! Our global special library community needs you! Please join the conversation!