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. Learn more about becoming an ALA Library Champion.
Libraries Transform campaign in October 2015 with funding support from Overdrive, the nation's largest digital content provider to libraries. For 25 years OverDrive has been on a mission to provide access to compelling, easy-to-use digital materials that reach, engage, and satisfy readers. Since 2002 we have worked with ALA member libraries to invest how libraries lend eBooks and digital audiobooks. In the spirit of continuous improvement and best practices, together with ALA we are engaged in library advocacy with publishers and authors to provide fair lending models and costs. Visit Overdrive.com to learn
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 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 Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) administer the program.
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