American Libraries

George Eberhart retires as American Libraries senior editor

CHICAGO—American Libraries Senior Editor George Eberhart will be retiring from the American Library Association on June 8 after more than 23 years with American Libraries and another 10 years (1980–1990) with the Association for College and Research Libraries. We wish him well in his retirement and are grateful for his accomplishments at American Libraries, especially in creating, curating, and editing the AL Direct e-newsletter since January 2006 and the Latest Library Links news blog since 2015.

ALA releases 2020 State of America’s Libraries report

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2020 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 19 – 25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year.

Dewey Decibel podcast to host CSK Book Award winners at 2019 ALA Annual

CHICAGO — Authors Angie Thomas and Jason Reynolds and illustrators Ekua Holmes and Christopher Myers join American Libraries for a special live taping of the Dewey Decibel podcast at the 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

American Libraries wins design award

CHICAGO — American Libraries’ art director, Rebecca Lomax, has been awarded a 2018 Peter Lisagor Award for best design by a specialty/trade publication.

What Do the Midterms Mean for Your Library? An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — What will the upcoming midterm elections mean for your library and community? Join us for a free 60-minute webinar at 11:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 9 where we’ll provide an overview of key results from the 2018 elections and explore their implications. ALA’s Washington Office will dig into how the outcomes could affect engagement from library advocates and how ALA’s upcoming advocacy plans will align.

As a webinar participant you will learn

Entertainment—The Top Digital Library Service in 2019: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Entertainment services are by far the most likely services to be purchased by libraries in the next year according to a recent survey of more than 300 libraries in North America.

Serve More Patrons with Expanded, Unlimited Streaming Video: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — In the August episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll hear library industry veterans Jim Schmidt and Brad Gray explain RBdigital streaming video—a new, innovative streaming video service that allows patrons to binge-watch videos without breaking your library’s budget. They’ll discuss how it differs from other offerings available to libraries today, how the trend of binge-watching has impacted your digital services, and how you can serve and reach more patron groups using this service.

Open Access 2020: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — OA2020 is a global initiative to transform scholarly publishing from the current subscription (paywall) system to new open access publishing models. Over 100 libraries and institutions from around the world have joined OA2020, including a growing number from the United States.

Free webinar on Integrating STEM and Coding into Makerspaces

CHICAGO — There’s no doubt that foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math will help tomorrow’s job seekers to excel in the future of work. However, much of this success depends on the level of STEM instruction they receive while still in elementary, middle and high school.

While we often assume that STEM programs are being initiated by classroom teachers, new research suggests that librarians and media specialists are increasingly taking the lead in bringing new, innovative tools into their school programs.

12 Keys to Successful Digital Content Promotion: An American Libraries Live webcast

CHICAGO — Libraries often struggle with creative or effective ideas to promote digital content to their patrons. Common challenges include lacking a budget, not having an in-house marketing department, and trying to reach patrons who are not physically in the library. However, digital content promotion is critical as more and more people consume content through a computer or mobile device.