American Library Association

Connect and plug in with your library card — September is Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO — September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country promote the value of a library card and library services. From finding a job, starting a new business, to getting homework help and becoming more engaged in your community, a library card offers limitless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. 

Santa Barbara Public Library System chosen as site for 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the Santa Barbara Public Library System (California) as the site of the 2016 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Pat Mora. The event will be co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara City College, a U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Service Institution, and the University of California at Santa Barbara, which includes the Gervitz Graduate School of Education and the Center for Chicano Studies.

2015 ALA Diversity & Outreach Fair to feature library services to people experiencing poverty and homelessness, diversity in action ideas

CHICAGO — The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has selected 23 presentations for the 2015 Diversity and Outreach Fair, to be held from 3 p.m. – 5 p .m. on Saturday, June 27 in the Special Events area in Exhibits Hall at the Moscone Convention Center during ALA’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.  

Robbie Robertson and David Shannon featured in Closing General Session, 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — An exciting conversation with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robbie Robertson and Caldecott Honor-winner David Shannon ("No, David!") will close out the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition after current ALA President Courtney L. Young passes the gavel to the 2015-2016 ALA President, Sari Feldman, and introduces the new division presidents. The Closing General Session takes place from 9:30 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30 in the Moscone Convention Center.

Forty participants selected for third ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s third four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. The 40 participants for the August institute are: Jennifer Anne Alvino, Steven Bailey, Gladstone Eldon Bucknor, Mary E. Burke, Elizabeth Anne Burns, Anne Cambridge, Lisa Ann Carr, Laura Carscaddon, Cynthia J.

ALA Store warehouse is moving

CHICAGO — Effective May 22, 2015, the ALA Store is moving to a new physical warehouse and fulfillment center. Our new vendor offers highly rated customer service and support, and our goal is to improve your overall experience when purchasing from the ALA Store. Effective May 22:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, keynote speaker at Andrew Carnegie Medals announcements and celebration

CHICAGO -- In what’s shaping up to be an exciting literary event at ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been announced as keynote speaker at the celebratory 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence award ceremony. The event, held from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, at the Hotel Nikko, will also include the announcements of the two medal winners—one for fiction, one for nonfiction.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

Conversation starters, ignite sessions, and poster sessions for 2015 Annual Conference announced

CHICAGO — Covering a huge range of timely topics, the 150 Poster Sessions, 19 Conversation Starters and 18 Ignite Sessions for 2015 ALA Annual Conference have now been announced. These sessions offer special informal opportunities to hear the latest from your library colleagues on what’s working in their libraries and beyond.

Gloria Steinem, Legendary Feminist Activist, 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker

CHICAGO — Gloria Steinem — writer, lecturer, editor, journalist, social and political activist and self-described “hope-aholic” — appears as a 2015 Annual Conference Auditorium Speaker from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27. Steinem became nationally recognized as a leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 70s. The path that led her there included a challenging childhood and a short stint as a Playboy Bunny.


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