American Library Association

Nominate a librarian for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through Sept. 18 at

Registration now open for the 2017 Sharjah International Book Fair(SIBF)/American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference

Registration is open for the 2017 Sharjah International Book Fair(SIBF)/American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference at The Library Conference is at the heart of an ongoing collaboration between the two organizations, and is ALA’s most ambitious international professional development collaboration to date.

Author Elizabeth White to Present in ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center

The ALA JobLIST Placement & Career Development Center will host author Elizabeth White on Sunday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Elizabeth White, author of Fifty-five, Unemployed, and Faking Normal, will discuss the hidden financial plight of many baby boomers and the pressure to act like everything's OK when everything is not OK.


2018 ALA Annual Conference Program Proposals are Now Open

ALA Conference Services will begin accepting program proposals on May 17, 2017 for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans LA, June 21-26, 2018. For the first time, proposals will be accepted via one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees and Offices.

Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession. Submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. 

Accepting Appointments for Career Counseling and Resume Review at ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago

The American Library Association’s (ALA) JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will provide complimentary career counseling sessions and resume reviews on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 - 25, 2017 during the ALA 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.  The sessions will be held in the JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center, located in McCormick Place West - Hall F2.  


Libraries fuel cultural understanding and acceptance through Día, April 30

CHICAGO – On April 30, hundreds of libraries across the country will celebrate Día, a national library program that fosters literacy for all children from all backgrounds. Demographic projections show more than half of the country’s children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group in the next few years, and programs such as Día play a critical role in helping meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population, while also fueling cultural understanding and acceptance.

Ron Chernow, Keynote Presenter at ALA Awards Ceremony at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

One of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in the U.S. today, 2015 National Humanities Medal recipient and bestselling author Ron Chernow has been praised by the National Endowment for the Humanities for “bringing our Nation’s story to life.

Take Action for Libraries Day to launch during National Library Week

ALA, library community, advocates, call on nation’s leaders to safeguard IMLS funding

CHICAGO – Libraries of all types are part of a delicate ecosystem that supports the transformation of communities and lives through education and lifelong learning. From the cradle to the grave, libraries provide invaluable resources that serve as a lifeline for billions of users for access to technology, early and digital literacy instruction, job-seeking resources, social services and small business tools.

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Gene Luen Yang, teacher, cartoonist and author, began drawing comic books in the fifth grade and in 1997 received a Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks.  A MacArthur Fellow, Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens. American Born Chinese, his first graphic novel was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award.

Brené Brown, Expert on the Power of Vulnerability, is Auditorium Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past 15 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. With over 25 million views, her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world. She has also appeared on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” “Super Soul Sessions,” and in Oprah magazine.