American Libraries

Community Engagement and Fundraising: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Libraries serve their communities above all else, and it’s crucial that librarians work not only with people in the community but also with institutions and businesses. Building positive and productive relationships with these organizations can be a challenge, but they can be tremendously beneficial to the library. They can lead to everything from content to marketing to funding as they further cement the library’s status as an indispensable member of the community.

The Opioid Epidemic and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — The opioid epidemic has sunk its teeth into communities all over the United States, and many libraries are finding themselves caught right in the middle. This crisis creates a variety of issues for librarians—we find ourselves faced with security questions, questions about treatment, questions about community resources and even medical questions. It can be tough to know how to address these issues and where to begin.

Tackling Fake News: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Everyone is talking about Fake News. People are more aware than ever that when you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know whether what you are seeing is fact rather than speculation, opinion, or outright fiction. In our role as gatekeepers of information, librarians have always been responsible for establishing the authority of information. But with social media ensuring that news articles—whether real or not—spread like wildfire, how can help our users filter the real from the fake?

Podcast investigates the A1 Mystery of Avon Lake

CHICAGO — Whodunit?

That’s the question many are asking as they anticipate the Oct. 25 episode of Dewey Decibel, the monthly podcast of American Libraries magazine.

In early 2017 dozens of A1 Sauce bottles began mysteriously appearing in the stacks at Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio. In this special Halloween episode, American Libraries travels to the quiet town to investigate. The story weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue, and steak sauce.

Accessibility and Libraries: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Technology highly influences accessibility—many patrons use assistive technology, such as screen readers, literacy software, and speech input, to access and use library materials and e-resources.

Driving Decisions with Data: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Join us July 24 for a free episode of AL Live, where Jason Kuscma, deputy director at Toledo Lucas County (Ohio) Public Library and 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, will discuss how his library uses Analytics On Demand to inform patrons and non-patrons about library services, to market special programs to targeted households, and as a tool to aid managers in understanding their community.

Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — In the August episode of AL Live, you’ll join the School Outfitters team and Sycamore Community (Ohio) School District leaders to discuss tips for creating a modern media center. They’ll show you how they’ve converted Sycamore High School’s library from an outdated, underused center with dusty shelves and heavy, bulky furniture to a modern media center that engages students. Working with a team of administrators as well as designers and architects, School Outfitters brought the space back to life.

Makerspaces: An American Libraries Live Interactive Webcast

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces are transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate and collaborate. But like any new initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of unique challenges. How do you get started? How can you work within your library’s staff and budget constraints? In the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will discuss these and other issues surrounding makerspaces in the library.

Library Marketing: A new American Libraries live webcast

CHICAGO — Marketing can be a daunting process for many librarians. New technologies offer diverse avenues for promoting library services, and commercial marketing methods have become expected for libraries, too. Where do you start? What’s the best way to allocate your staff and financial resources? How do you keep up with a constantly changing social media landscape? In the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will tackle these issues and address your concerns in real-time. 

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announces retirement

American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017.

Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.

Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for 10 years. He also served as president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and staff consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries.