Advocacy

ALA and 170 public interest organizations call on FCC and Congress to protect and enforce strong net neutrality rules and secure the open internet

Washington, DC – On the eve of the Senate Commerce Committee’s first Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Oversight Hearing of 2017, the American Library Association (ALA) and more than 170  public interest organizations sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune an

ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science.

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017.

Webinar: Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine

In celebration of Black History Month, the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) are excited to present a unique webinar: “Libraries in the Jim Crow South and a Conversation with One of the Tougaloo Nine,” on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. Central.

ALA denounces recent FCC Lifeline revocations, report retractions

WASHINGTON – On February 3, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revoked all of the designations of Lifeline Broadband Providers and ordered the retraction of multiple reports, including the “E-rate Modernization Progress Report” and “Improving the Nation’s Digital Infrastructure.”

ALA affirms support for NEH, NEA

WASHINGTONToday American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ALA opposes new administration policies that contradict core values

CHICAGO — Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement responding to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressing issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom.  

Free PLA webinar to learn how to successfully roll out Project Outcome in your library

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how you can successfully roll out its latest outcome measurement initiative in your library. How to Successfully Roll Out Project Outcome in Your Library will be held on February 23 at 1:00 p.m. Central. Registration is free but space is limited.

ALA joins observance of National Day of Racial Healing

Chicago -  On Jan. 17, the American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in the observance of the National Day of Racial Healing.  The day will provide an opportunity for the ALA to broaden and deepen its commitment to social justice in equity, diversity and inclusion.  

Emily Sheketoff announces retirement after more than 17 years leading ALA’s Washington Office

After more than 17 years leading ALA’s Washington Office, Emily Sheketoff has announced her retirement effective May 15.

During her tenure, Ms. Sheketoff has been at the forefront of issues involving libraries at the national level, such as advocating for new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, lobbying for the Library Services and Technology Act, and fighting for privacy of library patrons.