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GODORT 2020, Annual Conference: Home

The business meetings of GODORT.



undefined Welcome to the virtual, annual meeting of GODORT.

The tabs above have the scheduled meetings for each day of our conference.

GODORT will be an active participant in and around the ALA Virtual Event in June. Our sponsored programs will occur during the ALA Virtual Event, while our business meetings will take place the following week.

ALA Annual is separate from the GODORT meetings.

You do not have to register for ALA to attend. Attending the GODORT meetings is free.

To register, please visit the GODORT Virtual Annual Meeting Registration Form. 


ALA Virtual Conference

June 24th (Wednesday) 12:15PM-1:00PM CDT

Women Revealed: Research the Lives of Women Through Archives and Government Sources

With the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage and Virginia ratifying the Equal Rights Act, it is a great time to research the women involved. But do you know where to look for these elusive ladies? Join our panel of archivists and historians to learn what types of information are available, what resources are a goldmine of information, and what challenges await the researcher.


June 25th (Thursday), 1:15PM-2:00PM CDT

Civic Duty? Libraries and the Disenfranchised
If you missed the session during the ALA  Virtual Annual Conference you can see it here.

We plan to continue the discussion on voting rights issues with a follow up webinar in August. If you are interested, please sign up here.  You can also read about our panelists on our library guide

The right to vote is a hard-won right for many in this country. And yet, the reality is that the fight for suffrage continues for many people, including struggles over residency requirements, ID laws, and felon re-enfranchisement. Moreover, efforts to restrict voting rights disproportionately impact communities of color, incarcerated people, and students. With the upcoming 2020 Presidential election, the question of disenfranchisement will become prominent again. Disenfranchisement can take many forms, from the formal removal of a person’s right to vote to an individual’s decision to withdraw from taking part in the electoral process. Libraries have close interaction with the public and therefore have a civic duty to provide information access to their patrons. When providing access to information such as accurate and timely details on voter ID requirements becomes politically charged, libraries can become targets for those who oppose easy access to ballots.

This panel discussion will provide insight into some of the major issues related to disenfranchisement. In addition, it will provide resources for libraries to use to help inform their patrons about their rights to vote.


Nicole D. Porter is the Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project. She manages The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

Katherine Ellena is the Senior Global Legal Advisor at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She is responsible for providing strategic leadership and technical assistance to IFES’ work on legal and regulatory frameworks for elections, electoral dispute resolution and electoral integrity. Katherine has written on electoral integrity within a US context and will provide a comparative perspective to the panel.

Leslie Purdie is a Librarian at Folsom State Prison and the Folsom Women’s Facility in Represa, California. Before paying her debt to society, Ms. Purdie worked in public libraries where she developed an interest in working with underserved populations. She participated in the ALA Emerging Leaders Class of 2019 and is a student at the SJSU iSchool, where she will complete her MLIS degree in the fall of 2019. Currently, she is working to implement a voter education program for incarcerated individuals