CARSON CITY – Nevadans can join American Library Association President Julius Jefferson during a “stop” at the Carson City Library as part of “Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries,” a virtual cross-country tour of innovative libraries. Nevada was one of just a dozen states to be featured on the tour, a nationwide advocacy effort to highlight innovation at community libraries and the essential programs and services they provide to communities.
The event is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast via Zoom and archived on YouTube.
Jefferson will visit with library teams and the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records for their segment of the 12-state tour, titled “Learn and Earn: Nevada Libraries Harness Virtual 3-D for Education and Careers.”
“For some time now and especially given the pandemic, we’re pressing even more so every day to help students learn as well as adults and parents earn,” said Carson City Library Director Tod Colegrove. “This imperative and immediate need is not lost on us for one moment. I have seen the expansive efforts at the state library and from our fellow libraries statewide, applying innovation to better our community members’ lives in tangible, meaningful ways.”
The Nevada Career Explorer, a database for job seekers and Nevada’s in-demand industries, and virtual reality job training are just two of the innovations Nevada’s library teams will discuss.
“Libraries are — and have always been — community anchors, addressing challenges in times of peace and in times of crisis,” Jefferson has said. “When I was elected ALA President I knew I wanted to shine a light on programs and communities that don’t get the attention they deserve, and this virtual format allows us to critically examine our cultural moment through the lens of the most pressing issues in our profession.”
Learn more and register for Holding Space at https://bit.ly/ala-holding-space. The conversation can also be followed online #ALAHoldingSpace.