Advocacy

Library leaders identify strategies in “Fight for School Libraries”

CHICAGO – An executive summary released by the American Library Association (ALA) identifies systematic ways ALA, its divisions and offices, and the field of librarianship can support the nation’s school libraries. The strategies were developed by school, public and academic library leaders from across the country during the “Fight for School Libraries” summit convened by 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal.

Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award closing Oct. 1

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is reminding library users that they only have two weeks left to nominate their favorite librarians for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award. This year’s nominations will close Mon., Oct. 1 at midnight Central Daylight Time.

ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) and its chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are working to assist libraries affected by Hurricane Florence. Support efforts will involve most Atlantic Seaboard libraries in serving as a lifeline for residents in dire need of FEMA and insurance forms, access to electrical power, internet access, heat or important information about storm relief and recovery efforts.  

Libraries invited to join Dear Banned Author letter-writing campaign this Banned Books Week

Speaking out for banned and challenged books is vital in the fight against censorship. This Banned Books Week (September 23-29), the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is hosting a letter-writing campaign that celebrates stories that have made an impact.

ALA files amicus brief in support of net neutrality protections

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association today argued in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) strong, enforceable rules to protect and preserve the open internet with an amici filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion and education for people of all backgrounds. The PSAs are free and are available for download.

ALA Celebrates Senate Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty and Adoption of Implementation Act

The American Library Association, along with the Library Copyright Alliance, applauds last night’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and passage of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by theU.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort

NEW ORLEANS –  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo introduced “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. This initiative is uniquely positioned to ignite public awareness of the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at the local, state, national and global level. Garcia-Febo announced the effort during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibit Inaugural Banquet in New Orleans.

United for Libraries to present ‘Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community’

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will present “Your Library in Their Language: Strategies for Creating Library Advocates Among Business Leaders in Your Community” on Sunday, June 24, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

More than a week – 'Choose Privacy' is now an everyday choice

CHICAGO - Beginning this week, the American Library Association's “Choose Privacy” website has a new look and a new URL — chooseprivacyeveryday.org — which emphasizes the importance of preserving patron privacy and data security in today’s libraries every day of the year.

Since 2010, ALA’s “Choose Privacy” website has served as a valuable source of news, information, resources and programming related to privacy, confidentiality and data security in the digital world.