Last week the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) announced the results of the 2018 election for the Board of Trustees. The following candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in New Orleans:
CHICAGO – Seeing the need for urgent action to combat cuts in school library funding, staffing and programming, American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal will host a summit in Chicago on May 23, at ALA Headquarters, 50 E. Huron, to work with our nation’s library leaders to craft a strategy to advocate for our nation’s school libraries.
Neal is convening representatives from school, public and academic libraries. The meeting aims to create a strategy that demonstrates the value and impact of school libraries in their communities.
CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are preparing to celebrate Preservation Week, April 22 – 28, a time when libraries from across the country will provide information and expertise on how to preserve collectibles, recipes, photos, family documents, textiles, digital items and other valuable materials.
In a panel hosted by the American Library Association (ALA) on Capitol Hill today, Tribal librarians and rural telecom experts advocated for leveraging the federal E-rate program to improve broadband access in Tribal and rural areas. The discussion, moderated by National Museum of the American Indian Librarian Elayne Silversmith, focused on how broadband connectivity and telecommunications infrastructure in Tribal and rural regions advances education, provides economic opportunity and can close the digital divide.
CHICAGO – Today’s library workers play a critical role in meeting the needs of the communities they serve, from offering social service support and health services to career and small business development assistance and tools to help combat fake news. April 10 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library professionals for their expertise and leadership skills in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.
WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was issued by American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal upon today’s introduction of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by the bipartisan leadership of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees, Chairmen Grassley and Corker and Ranking Members Feinstein and Menendez, along with Senators Harris, Hatch and Leahy.
The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) has awarded the 2018 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award, which recognizes the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. The 2018 award goes to Robert P. Doyle, for his work "Banned Books: Defending our Freedom to Read," published in 2017 by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association.