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  1. Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library

      What the PISA Exam Tells Us about Our Value In the ideal picture, schools and their resources, including school libraries, are intended to help level the playing field and make sure all American children are academically successful. In practice, we know ...

    JHABLEY - 02/26/2016 - 16:49 - American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

  2. Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

    Effective and Proven Tools for Library Service to People Experiencing Poverty and Homelessness "Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement" is designed to help librarians and library staff create meaningful library ser ...

    JAMUNDSEN - 02/26/2016 - 16:14 - Offices of the American Library Association

  3. New Immigrants

    In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 13%, or over 40 million people, in the U.S. were immigrants, defined as people residing in the U.S. who were not U.S. citizens at birth. This is about the same percentage as when ALA published The Polish Immi ...

    karenmuller - 04/02/2014 - 11:22 - Professional Tools

  4. 1995

    Children's Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), is a celebration of children, families, and reading and held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child ...

    HDAVIES - 03/08/2013 - 11:06 - About ALA

  5. 1921

    Thomas Fountain Blue was the first African-American to head a public library system. In 1921, he became the first African-American to speak at an ALA program. "The Reverend Thomas F. Blue, the nation’s first African-American to head a public library, ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:29 - About ALA

  6. 1918

    ALA opened a library for American military personnel in Paris during 1918. This library was later established (1920) as the American Library in Paris "During the closing years of World War I, when the United States entered the conflict, hundreds of A ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:30 - About ALA

  7. 1998

    In 1998 the ALA Council voted commitment to five Key Action Areas as guiding principles for directing the Association’s energies and resources: Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:36 - About ALA

  8. 1921

    The first ALA round table met to encourage library patron diversity, "  ALA's Work with Negroes Round Table". The round table was began to examine the state of equitable access to library materials for African-Americans.  The round table co ...

    HDAVIES - 02/26/2013 - 11:29 - About ALA

  9. Services to Special Populations

    The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) serves the Association by identifying and promoting library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in our libraries and provides information and resources on ...

    admin - 05/23/2013 - 09:18 - Professional Tools