American Library Association

Nominate a superstar librarian for the national I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO–The American Library Association (ALA) is inviting all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries who transform communities and improve lives. Nominations are being accepted online now through Oct. 21, 2019.    

2020 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on June 10, 2019, for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference, to take place in Chicago, IL. on June 25-30, 2020. Once again, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices.

The deadline to submit content is September 10, 2019,12:00 Midnight (EST). Please use this submission site.  Your ALA account information will be required to access the submission site.

At ALA 2019 Annual Conference learn new marketing and communications strategies

CHICAGO – For ALA Annual Conference attendees looking for new marketing and communications resources and ideas, there are two free programs that should not be missed: PR Forum: Takeaways From D.C. Public Library’s #UncensoredDC Campaign and Using Libraries Transform for Awareness and Advocacy. Both sessions will offer libraries of all types, sizes and budgets ways to showcase their value and impact to the community.

2019 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Hosted by ACRL President Lauren Pressley, this program will take place from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 146A.

Bestselling Author Jason Reynolds is the Opening General Session Speaker at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC

Jason Reynolds is an American author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle grade audiences. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in neighboring Oxon Hill, Maryland, Reynolds found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry at nine years old.

Now available: Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring Toy Story 4 characters

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.

African-Based Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the Akata books, and Lagoon. She has written comics for Marvel, including Black Panther: Long Live the King, Wakanda Forever, featuring the Dora Milaje, and the Shuri series.

Freedom to Read Foundation Announces 2019 Roll of Honor Awards

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Committee is excited to announce Pamela (Pam) R. Klipsch, Director of Jefferson County Library in High Ridge, Missouri, as the recipient of the 2019 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. The award will be presented at the opening session of the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.