Public Awareness

Information about the American Library Association’s public awareness campaigns


Libraries Transform

Libraries Transform (logo)Libraries Transform is the American Library Association’s new, multi-year public awareness campaign. Its ultimate goal is to increase funding support for libraries and advance information policy issues in alignment with ALA advocacy goals. Visit www.librariestransform.org for more information. The Libraries Transform Toolkit has posters, postcards and videos. Registration is required, but it's quick and easy to do.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries and the trademarked @your library® brand was retired in 2015 to make way for the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.  Read about the history of the Campaign for America's Libraries.

 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle PSAs

In conjunction with the anticipated release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Dec. 20, 2017, American Library Association (ALA) and Sony Pictures are offering free action-packed audio and video PSAs.  Available for download until Feb. 28, the library-themed announcements feature Jack Black and promote transformative resources libraries and library staff offer.  

 

National Library Week 2018

National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018, Discover your passions and achieve your goals at the library, Misty Copeland, Honorary ChairCelebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2018  with the theme, "Libraries Lead."

Misty Copeland serves as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair!

As the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland's leadership inspires young people to pursue their dreams regardless of the challenges they encounter. She is the author of several bestselling books, including Ballerina Body, published in March 2017.

Visit the National Library Week web page for print and digital PSAs, a sample proclamation, press release and scripts for audio PSAs.  Be sure to tell us about your plans!

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event,  sponsored in 1958.

 

I Love My Librarian Award

I Love My Librarian Award 2017Winners of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award were announced on November 30, 2017.  Learn more about this year's winners.

Read the press release: ALA announces winners of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of the exceptional public, school, college, community or university librarians. Up to 10 librarians are selected. Each receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

Library Card Sign-up Month

Teen Titans served as honorary chairs for Library Card Sign-up Month 2017!

Pr: osteThe only thing more powerful than a Teen Titan? A library card!DC's crimefighting Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card in September. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans reminded parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

Teen Titans posters and bookmarks are available through the ALA Store. Free resources for libraries include print and digital public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Teen Titans, sample press release, proclamation, and PSA scripts. Artwork for billboards and Teen Titans artwork for library cards will be provided.


Archived Webinars

How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library-Card Sign-Up Campaign (May 2016) with Jeff Julian, Director of ALA's Public Awareness Office, and Megan McFarlane, Campaign Coordinator.

How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library-Card Sign-Up Campaign (July 2015) with Nancy Dowd, Chair of the ALA Public Awareness Committee and Product Manager, LibraryAware at NoveList EBSCO Publishing, and Pam Jaskot, Consultant and Trainer for LibraryAware at NoveList  EBSCO Publishing. Notes from the session
 
 Using Door-to-door Marketing for Library Card Sign-ups (October 2015) with John Chrastka, Executive Director of EveryLibrary.

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Contact Us

Jeff Julian
Director
Public Awareness Office
(312) 280-5042
jjulian@ala.org

Lindsey Simon
Campaign Coordinator
(312) 280-2148
lsimon@ala.org

Jan Carmichael
Web/New Media Specialist
Public Awareness Office
(312) 280-5041
jcarmichael@ala.org

 

Public Awareness Office
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
pao@ala.org