ALA President responds to House proposal to eliminate IMLS

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The budget resolution released this week by the U.S. House Budget Committee proposes to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the agency that administers federal funding support for more than 123,000 libraries in virtually every community in the nation. American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young today released the following statement in response:

ALA, PLA release joint statement regarding ruling in support of Kentucky public libraries

CHICAGO — In April of 2013, Kentucky Circuit Courts ruled against the Campbell County Public Library and the Kenton County Public Library, a decision that would have resulted in the libraries losing property tax revenues dating as far back as 1979. Local library advocates appealed the ruling, and the Kentucky Court of Appeals has announced its decision to rule in favor of Campbell and Kenton County public libraries.

Michael Gorman reaffirms the enduring values of librarianship in new book

CHICAGO — In the almost 15 years since public intellectual, librarian and philosopher Michael Gorman published “Our Enduring Values,” there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal and technological demands amidst the often dire rhetoric currently surrounding the future of our institutions.

Education Businesses, Associations Demand Increase in School Library Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C.―A coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., EBSCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers―called (pdf) on the U.S.

Bound To Stay Bound Books continues support of school library advocacy

CHICAGO – Bound To Stay Bound Books (BTSB) continues its support of school libraries and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) through its sponsorship of school library advocacy packs containing tools to spread the word about the many ways school librarians are transforming teaching and learning.

“Bound to Stay Bound Books is pleased to be able to help AASL inform people about the critical role school libraries and librarians play in the process of educating children, our country’s future,” said Bob Sibert, BTSB president.

Senator Cornyn to receive 2015 Madison Award for championing the public’s right to know

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, March 13, 2015, the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) the 2015 James Madison Award during the 17th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. The James Madison Award honors individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know how it functions.

Celebrate National Library Week with new promotions and tools

CHICAGO — Looking for ways to promote National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015)? The American Library Association’s Campaign for America’s Libraries has a variety of tools and promotional ideas to help you promote the theme of Unlimited possibilities @ your library. Tools are available at

Leading up to and throughout National Library Week, the Campaign is hosting a new social media promotion that showcases the changing role of libraries.

Jaureguy and Pacetti-Tune receive YALSA’s travel stipend to attend National Library Legislative Day

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected Jenna Jaureguy and Vandy Pacetti-Tune as the recipients of stipends to attend ALA’s  annual National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), May 4-5, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 

Celebrate National Library Workers Day (#nlwd15)

CHICAGO —  National Library Workers Day (NLWD), is Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established this special day in 2003.

ALA applauds FCC vote to protect open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to assert the strongest possible open Internet protections—banning paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. The American Library Association (ALA), a longtime network neutrality advocate, applauds this bold step forward in ensuring a fair and open Internet.


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