American Library Association

Warwick, N. Y. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Rosemary Cooper, director of the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, New York, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Cooper is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Cooper is commended for turning an outdated library into a welcoming and vibrant community center that delivers services and programs that connect closely with patrons’ needs.

Columbiana, Alabama librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Sheikla Blount, library media specialist at Columbiana Middle School in Columbiana, Alabama, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Blount is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Blount is commended for turning the school library into a welcoming and inclusive place for students to learn and grow.

ALA announces winners of the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

NEW YORK – Today 10 librarians were honored with the prestigious 2017 I Love My Librarian Award for their outstanding public service contributions. Selected from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by library users nationwide, including educators and members of the public, the winning librarians are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Accepting Employer Participants for Open House/Job Fair at ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting

As part of its continuing efforts to provide networking opportunities for employers and job seekers, the ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host an Open House/Job Fair from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver. There is no cost to participate.

Accepting appointments for career counseling

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will offer complimentary career counseling sessions Saturday and Sunday, February 10 - 11, 2018 during the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. Sign-up now.

 

The ALA President’s Program at the Midwinter Meeting Debates Neutrality in Libraries.

Are Libraries Neutral?  Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?  The question of neutrality in librarianship is an old one.  ALA’s 1939 Code of Ethics for Librarians calls for unbiased “recommendations”.  This is seen in the ALA Library Bill of Rights principles that present the library as content neutral, open and accessible to all.  A group of ALA members from academic library, public library, and library education backgrounds will engage the issues during a formal debate, with two speakers in the affirmative and two in the negative, followed by commentary from a reactor panel and a conversa

ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing Libraries Ready to Code initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. It is the first time ALA has dedicated funding for CS programs in libraries.

Tackling societal challenges: a view from two generations. A conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Marley Dias at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.

Marley Dias, the girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, interviews Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, to learn what determining factors and mindset led each of these activists and motivated them to take action. Discover these answers and more when two generations tackle issues of inequality and strive for grassroots level solutions. The Opening Session will take place on Friday, February 9, 2018, 4:00-5:15pm at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Junot Díaz Presents as Auditorium Speaker at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting Exhibits in Denver

Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. By self-admission, Díaz is an agonizingly slow writer and a chronic procrastinator. He once spent five years working on a 15-page story.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” for ALA Book Club Central’s fall pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead/an imprint of Penguin Random House. “Exit West” has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize.