ALA, Harwood Institute announce 2019 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries training in Atlanta

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announce a 2.5-day training opportunity to help libraries lead positive change in their communities.

Libraries close the gap on unequal privacy during Choose Privacy Week 2019

CHICAGO – This year’s theme for Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2019) — “Inclusive Privacy: Closing the Gap” — draws attention to the privacy inequities imposed on vulnerable and historically underrepresented populations and highlights how libraries can close the privacy gap for those who need it most.

Freedom to Read Foundation to Host Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom Webinar

Join the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for “Emerging Issues in Intellectual Freedom,” a free webinar on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST.

Twice a year, FTRF trustees and liaisons meet to discuss emerging intellectual freedom topics in our libraries, schools and government offices. Often these topics overlap with issues of privacy, censorship and the First Amendment.

Join members of the FTRF Developing Issues Committee Barbara Stripling and Ray James for an overview of newsworthy intellectual freedom topics, including:

PLA announces plans to commemorate 75th anniversary

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) will officially turn 75 years old on Oct. 13, 2019, and the entire public library field is encouraged to be a part of PLA’s Diamond Anniversary celebration. From now through the PLA 2020 Conference, we will recognize this milestone by reflecting on our storied history, commemorating our achievements, honoring the people who have contributed to our success and preparing for an even brighter future.

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month 2019 with Special Toy Story 4 Tie-in!

CHICAGO – This September Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining the American Library Association on an adventure to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs.

Colson Whitehead to Keynote Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad, will be the keynote speaker for the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. on June 22, 2019. Tickets for this commemorative celebration are now available.

Tickets available for 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Cooperative Children’s Book Center along with the UW-Madison iSchool and UW-Madison School of Education announced that tickets for the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Dr. Debbie Reese are now available.

[Call for Nominations] 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

Are you interested in Intellectual Freedom? Would you like to attend the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference in June and learn how the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and other groups in ALA are working to protect access to information? Applications are now open for the 2019 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF. The Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the ALA’s Annual Conference June 20-25 in Washington, D.C.

Using Design Thinking to Create Transformative Learning Experiences: New ALA Annual Preconference

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions has partnered with Infopeople on a three-hour interactive preconference at ALA Annual, where library staff and trainers will have the opportunity to develop more innovative and meaningful learning for their staff and users using design thinking. Design thinking is a unique approach that can help librarians create training that is more impactful both in theory and practice.