ALA's Library Champions: Investing In America's Libraries
ALA’s Library Champion program was launched by a select group of individual, corporate and foundation supporters who joined together to form a broad-based group to advocate for libraries and the library profession. The Libraries Transform campaign—which now supports thousands of libraries across the nation by fostering public awareness on the extensive range of resources and services available at their community library—was established from their vision.
ALA considers Library Champions among our greatest proponents. Their gift helps every child, young adult or adult who walks through a door at a library or links to their online resources from home or school. Individuals, companies and foundations can become a Library Champion by contribution.
Today, the Library Champion program continues to build upon their incredible success and encourage the next generation of individuals, corporations and foundations to join them in a call to action and powerfully proclaim the importance of the library in American society.
Carnegie Corporation of New York supports the I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes up to 10 librarians annually for their service to their communities, schools and campuses. Each of the winners receives a $5,000 cash award and a travel stipend to attend an award ceremony and reception in New York.
The American Dream Starts @ your library, a literacy initiative for adult English language learners and their families, was launched in 2008 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) continue to fund the the program.
In 2014, 22 libraries were selected to receive a one-time grant up to $15,000 to add or expand literacy services for the adult English language learners in their communities. This funding will help libraries build their print and digital ESL (English as a second language) collections, increase computer access and provide GED and literacy instruction courses for English language learners.
The selected fourth-round American Dream libraries join a cohort of 144 previously-funded programs in Dollar General communities. These American Dream libraries build easily replicable programs, develop coalition-building strategies and provide annotated lists of proven resources for libraries across the country, serving adult English language learners and enhancing public awareness of library services for new Americans.
The American Library Association and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) are co-sponsoring a public education initiative for the international library community called The Campaign for the World's Libraries. It is based on the U.S. program and designed to showcase public, school, academic, government and special libraries across the globe. Learn more