Advocacy

AASL Celebrates 2018 School Library Month with Spokesperson Jason Reynolds

CHICAGO – Jason Reynolds, author of “Ghost,” “Patina,” “Long Way Down,” and “Miles Morales: Spider-Man,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2018 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable, and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

Understanding Accessibility Challenges for Patrons

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is excited to announce the update of 15 Library Accessibility Toolkits to help better serve patrons. These toolkits were developed to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users.

OIF to showcase new selection policy toolkit at Midwinter

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries,” this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials and reconsideration requests.

OIF Seeks Information on 2017 Censorship Incidents

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is seeking information on censorship challenges that occured between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. Librarians are encouraged to complete this brief online reporting form by Jan. 31, 2018.

ALA President announces 12-member cohort for newly launched ALA Policy Corps

American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today announced the 12 library and information professionals selected to participate in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

New “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” PSAs capture the action and adventure found at the library

CHICAGO -  Let’s face it.  It’s an information jungle out there and librarians and library staff lead countless quests to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.  In conjunction with the anticipated release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Dec. 20, 2017, American Library Association (ALA) and Sony Pictures are offering free action-packed audio, social media, and video public service announcements (PSAs).  Available for download until Feb.

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.