Advocacy

New report chronicles library community’s front line battles against fake news, censorship, bigotry

CHICAGO –  Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report released during National Library Week, April 9 – 15, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic and political society.  

Anonymous donor to match up to $100,000 of ALA Annual Fund contributions

CHICAGO – As the season for gift giving is in full swing, the American Library Association (ALA) has an exciting opportunity!  An anonymous donor is matching gifts made to the ALA Annual Fund as of Nov. 1, 2017.  Donations are tax-deductible and gifts from an individual donor, up to $1,000, are eligible.  The match caps at $10,000 total per ALA unit, and $100,000 overall.  Donors can participate by giving online at ala.org/donate or sending a check to ALA, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.  

ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

Libraries Transform through Literacy: AEFL Week 2017

CHICAGO – As we mark 2017’s National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, from September 24-30, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The correlation between literacy and income inequality, health outcomes and rates of incarceration, among other issues of social and economic justice, underscores how literacy intersects with equity, access, and inclusion.

Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando iniciativas de respuesta y recuperación de las bibliotecas afectadas por el huracán María, y el reciente terremoto en México con el Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA (ALA Disaster Relief Fund).   

Building partnerships and passing legislation the focus of new ALA and AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO), Office of Library Advocacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will facilitate a conversation about building partnerships and identifying library champions in order to pass school library legislation at the state level.

Partnership supports renewed 'From Awareness to Funding' advocacy study

Updated research report will identify the most effective ways to advocate for public library funding

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and OCLC are pleased to announce a partnership to produce an update to OCLC’s 2008 report, “From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America,” which explored voter attitudes and perceptions about library funding.

bibliotheca Sponsorship to Support GLBTRT

bibliotheca was proud to host the Diversity Wall installation at this year’s American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in June. Visitors to the wall were encouraged to sign their name to a brightly colored brick indicating their support for diversity in our nation’s libraries.

Readers invited to participate in Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament during Banned Books Week

CHICAGO — To coincide with this year's ALA Banned Books Week’s theme, “Words Have Power,” the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom is harnessing the power of social media to host engaging activities and ignite conversations about the freedom to read.

Libraries invited to join social media activity this Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week, let patrons know that their words have power — especially their tweets.

During Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the Office for Intellectual Freedom is inviting libraries and nonprofits to partner with it for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament, a Banned Books Week activity that encourages readers to discuss censorship online. Partners receive a digital toolkit, and partner libraries are entered into a drawing for intellectual freedom-themed prizes.