March 23, 2018

2005 Joint Conference for Minority Caucuses

By LJ Staff

Representatives from the Librarians of Color Caucuses met at the American
Library Association Midwinter Meeting to begin the planning process for the
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2005, the first meeting of its type. The
participating caucuses are the American Indian Library Association, the Asian
Pacific Americans Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library
Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Library Association, and REFORMA
(National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and
the Spanish-Speaking). Though separate conferences are held by some of these
groups, this will provide the opportunity for collaboration as well as spread
the expenses. “Putting on a conference can be exhausting for an organization,”
said Toni Bissessar, one of the planners behind the 2005 conference and a past
president of REFORMA. “A joint conference will allow us to gain a greater
understanding of each other, share our similarities and diversities, with
benefits for both the caucuses and the wider ALA community.”