Free webinar: Using door-to-door marketing for library card sign-ups

CHICAGO – Join the American Library Association (ALA) for a free webinar to learn about a new and innovative way to increase library card sign-ups all year long, not just during Library Card Sign-up Month in September. The webinar, "Increase Your Reach: Using Door-to-Door Marketing for Library Card Sign-Ups," will take place at 11 a.m. Central time on Wed., Oct. 21, 2015.

Libraries Transform: Adult Education and Family Literacy

CHICAGO – As we mark national Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, libraries across the country are transforming lives through literacy services for adults and families. The need is great. In the U.S. low literacy is a reality for one in six adults, while one in 10 speaks limited English, and nearly 30 million adults lack a high school diploma. Whether native or foreign born, these Americans struggle not only with low literacy and its associated issues—worse health outcomes, lower wages and higher unemployment—but also with challenges to accessing services.

Public relations for school libraries made easy

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released a new member-created resource to help school librarians promote the ways their programs transform teaching and learning. Available on the AASL website or as a PDF download, the tool offers strategies, practical tips and key messages school librarians can implement immediately.

Free school library advocacy packs now available through the ALA online store

CHICAGO - School library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning are now freely available through the ALA online store. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books (BTSB), these specially created packs are available while supplies last. Valued at $29.99, school library advocates pay only for shipping.

Babies Need Words Every Day to bridge the word gap

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of the new Babies Need Words Every Day materials. These shareable resources were designed to help bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children’s literacy skills.

Free advocacy training curriculum now available for public libraries

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available online. This training curriculum is an updated version of Turning the Page that was developed for library associations and networks around the world, with input from the Public Library Association and other grantees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative.

Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C.―Today, public access to federally-funded research took one momentous move forward with the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' vote to support the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). The legislation would accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly-funded scientific research freely accessible online for anyone to read and build upon.

Congress passes strong support for U.S. school libraries in Elementary and Secondary Education Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After years of delay, the U.S. Senate today voted to reauthorize and modernize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the federal government’s primary education statute, by passing the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. Before passing the legislation, the U.S. Senate amended ESEA to include the Reed-Cochran Amendment, which will help save and expand school libraries in every state in the nation by explicitly authorizing school districts to use federal funds to develop and foster effective school library programs.

ALA applauds, engages national initiative to support broadband opportunity for public housing residents

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomes President Barack Obama’s announcement of the ConnectHome initiative to expand high-speed broadband to public housing residents. The ALA is proud to be a partner in realizing a shared vision to empower more people to thrive online.


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