American Library Association

Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award closing Oct. 1

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is reminding library users that they only have two weeks left to nominate their favorite librarians for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award. This year’s nominations will close Mon., Oct. 1 at midnight Central Daylight Time.

Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at his headquarters in Washington state.

Philanthropist and Author Melinda Gates will open the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. She has said, “if you invest in a girl or a woman, you’re investing in everyone else.” The session will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, 4:00-5:15pm at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle.

Looking for nation’s favorite librarians for I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the coveted 2018 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes librarians for transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites library users to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are being accepted now through Oct. 1, 2018 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.   

University of Wisconsin-Madison chosen as site for 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the University of Wisconsin at Madison as the host site for the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring advocate and educator Debbie Reese, PhD. Three University of Wisconsin at Madison units will combine and collaborate in this hosting effort: the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), the School of Information (the ISchool), and the School of Education. The lecture will be held in the spring of 2019.

2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition – A contribution to communities

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition June 21 – 26, in New Orleans. The conference was attended by more than 17,500 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 5,100 exhibitors) from across the world.

ALA Celebrates Senate Ratification of Marrakesh Treaty and Adoption of Implementation Act

The American Library Association, along with the Library Copyright Alliance, applauds last night’s ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and passage of the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559) by theU.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort

NEW ORLEANS –  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo introduced “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. This initiative is uniquely positioned to ignite public awareness of the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at the local, state, national and global level. Garcia-Febo announced the effort during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibit Inaugural Banquet in New Orleans.

ALA's Libraries Ready to Code to Release Beta Collection at 2018 Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, is releasing the beta version of the Ready to Code Collection at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. A release reception will be held Friday, June 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in the exhibit hall at Google booth #4029.  

ALA Disaster Relief Fund Provides Grants to 20 Libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Thanks to hundreds of donors contributing $80,000 toward relief, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that 20 libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive grants to assist in recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.