American Library Association

2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Comes to a Close with Focus on Transformative Role of Libraries

DENVER – Where society’s institutions leave off, our nation’s libraries pick up. This is especially true in Denver, where public libraries provide social workers to address such instances as substance abuse, housing and mental health services.

Tickets available for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Western Washington University, and the Whatcom County Library System announced that tickets for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Naomi Shihab Nye are now available.

OIF to showcase new selection policy toolkit at Midwinter

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) will showcase an expanded and updated toolkit at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO, to ensure libraries have an essential policy to protect against censorship. Titled “Selection & Reconsideration Policy Toolkit for Public, School, & Academic Libraries,” this comprehensive resource is designed for libraries of all types and sizes and offers practical guidance and resources on responsibility for selection, selecting controversial materials and reconsideration requests.

OIF Seeks Information on 2017 Censorship Incidents

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is seeking information on censorship challenges that occured between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017. Librarians are encouraged to complete this brief online reporting form by Jan. 31, 2018.

ALA President announces 12-member cohort for newly launched ALA Policy Corps

American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today announced the 12 library and information professionals selected to participate in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

Meet the 2018 Intellectual Freedom Bloggers!

On Monday, we flip the calendars to 2018; we resolve to change our lifestyles for the better; and we welcome a new slate of intellectual freedom advocates to share opinions and knowledge about a core value of the librarian profession.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Call for Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Poster Sessions

Chicago – The 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas, and work with the library community by presenting a poster session at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The poster session committee is proud to announce the two additional poster sessions with the migration of the Diversity Fair, and the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section.

Oboler Award Deadline Extended

The Deadline for the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award has been extended until December 15, 2017. Works that have been published in 2016-2017 are eligible to be nominated.

Two L.A. librarians receive national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Julie Bill with the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles and Annie Cipolla with the Los Angeles Public Library were named winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Bill and Cipolla are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Bill and Cipolla are two of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.