American Library Association

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.

ALA president calls for applicants to newly launched ALA Policy Corps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today launches and invites library advocates to apply for participation in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps initiative.

Building partnerships and passing legislation the focus of new ALA and AASL webinar

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO), Office of Library Advocacy and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will facilitate a conversation about building partnerships and identifying library champions in order to pass school library legislation at the state level.

Dave Eggers is Auditorium Speaker at 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Dave Eggers is an award-winning and acclaimed author of many books, including What Is the What, winner of France’s Prix Medici and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and more recently The Circle and Heroes of the Frontier, longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. The session will take place on Saturday, February 10, 10:00-11:00am.

Author and Poet, Elizabeth Acevedo is the Arthur Curley Lecture Speaker at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Elizabeth Acevedo will present as the Arthur Curley Lecture Speaker at the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver. Acevedo was born as the youngest child of Dominican immigrants. Raised in New York City, her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. With over 12 years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, and has delivered several TEDTalks.

Bill Nye and Gregory Mone Will Close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver

Science educator, mechanical engineer, television host, and New York Times bestselling author, William Sanford "Bill" Nye, and co-author Gregory Mone, a novelist, science journalist, speaker, and children’s book author will close the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, CO.  The session will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018, 2:00-3:00pm.

LLAMA webinar explores 21st Century library ethics

CHICAGO — As the world becomes increasingly digital, information politics have become more convoluted and can impact libraries profoundly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “21st Century Library Ethics,” at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Central time) on Wednesday, Sept. 13. This webinar will explore what the current political climate means for library ethics and how librarians can shape the future and be a force for positive change in their communities.

LLAMA Webinar: 21st Century Library Ethics

As the world becomes increasingly digital, information politics have become more convoluted and can impact libraries profoundly. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “21st Century Library Ethics,” on Wed., September 13, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time). This webinar will explore what the current political climate means for library ethics and how librarians can shape the future and be a force for positive change in their communities.

Libraries invited to join social media activity this Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week, let patrons know that their words have power — especially their tweets.

During Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the Office for Intellectual Freedom is inviting libraries and nonprofits to partner with it for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament, a Banned Books Week activity that encourages readers to discuss censorship online. Partners receive a digital toolkit, and partner libraries are entered into a drawing for intellectual freedom-themed prizes.