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ALA launches “AL Direct” weekly email news service
Contact John Chrastka
ALA Manager for Membership Development
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2006

ALA launches “AL Direct” weekly email news service

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced that on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, the inaugural issue of AL Direct, a new membership-perquisite weekly supplement to American Libraries, will begin emailing to all ALA members. AL Direct will feature breaking news affecting all types of libraries and will help members quickly and concisely stay up-to-date on information that impacts their worklife.

News stories about libraries and the profession, along with reports from numerous library publications, will be summarized by American Libraries staff and sent free of charge to all ALA members each Wednesday by email.

AL Direct is an important next step in providing members with valuable, timely information that makes a difference in their professional lives,” said John Chrastka, ALA's Manager for Membership Development. “No other publication, and no other library association, takes the time to provide this type of news and information in a convenient email, for free, directly to members.”

As a members-only publication, AL Direct supplements American Libraries, and is under the same rigorous editorial standards.

“We are proud to be an association that not only makes news advocating for libraries, but also provides news in a way that helps library staff advocate for their libraries,” added Chrastka.

AL Direct allows us to broaden and extend the scope of our reporting on the library world,” said Leonard Kniffel, Editor and Publisher of American Libraries. “Members will still receive the news, opinions and analysis they rely on in American Libraries, plus weekly stories in AL Direct that may otherwise have fallen through the cracks.”

AL Direct is available to all ALA members with valid email addresses on file. Please visit for more information about AL Direct as well as instructions for providing or updating your email address to ALA.

The e-newsletter launch is made possible by the support of SirsiDynix, a leading provider of information technology to libraries and consortia worldwide.