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Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. The blog squad consists of several members that alternate responsibilities for creating blog content about censorship, privacy, internet filtering, labeling and many other intellectual freedom topics. 

Applications sought for 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO — Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

ALA Masters series features Catherine Murray-Rust and Kelvin Watson at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Innovative library leaders Catherine Murray-Rust (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Kelvin Watson (Queens Library) discuss transformative projects they have been involved with, in the Midwinter Meeting noontime ALA Masters series on Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd, 12:30-1:30pm, in room B313 of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch and join these informal sessions.

#ShareTheStory: 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO—Ahead of the announcements of the winners of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, the American Library Association is launching its #ShareTheStory campaign highlighting the six 2017 shortlist titles and how they remind us of the power of stories.

Call for nominations for the Gerald Hodges IF Chapter Relations Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation.

Authors LeUyen Pham, Susan Tan, and Scott Westerfeld team up at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Award-winning authors LeUyen Pham (also an illustrator), Susan Tan and Scott Westerfeld will team up on Saturday, January 21st, 10:00-11:00am, in the Auditorium Speakers Series at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta, Georgia for a conversation with moderator Daniel Kraus.

ALA Store warehouse is moving

CHICAGO – To improve customer service and support, effective December 12, 2016, the ALA Store is moving to a new physical warehouse and fulfillment center.

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Third Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference wraps up in UAE

Librarians from across the Persian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA) gathered at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) November 8–10 for the third annual SIBF/American Library Association Conference. The conference is ALA’s most ambitious international professional development event, supporting ALA’s global theme, “Partnering to build stronger libraries worldwide.” Approximately 350 librarians took part in three days of programs, training, and networking in both Arabic and English, with translation provided.

ALA President Julie Todaro releases statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries  and librarians will play within their communities as many search for common ground after the election. 

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