Governance Office

ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) accepts and acknowledges its role in upholding unjust systems of racism and discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the association and the profession.

We recognize that the founding of our Association was not built on inclusion and equity, but instead was built on systemic racism and discrimination in many forms. We also recognize the hurt and harm done to BIPOC library workers and communities due to these racist structures.

ALA statement condemning police violence against BIPOC, protesters and journalists

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as the killings by police or vigilantes of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others. We are in solidarity with the statements of BCALA and APALA, and affirm our earlier statement condemning violence and racism towards Black people, Indigenous people and all people of color.1 2 3

The Roxbury Public Library receives the Gale, A Cengage Company Financial Development Award

CHICAGO — The Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, New Jersey, is the recipient of the 2020 American Library Association Gale, A Cengage Company Financial Development Award.

Nora Wiltse receives the American Library Association 2020 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce Nora Wiltse, teacher-librarian at John C. Coonley Elementary School, as the recipient of the 2020 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. Ms. Wiltse, a leading advocate for librarians and libraries in the Chicago Public Schools, devotes her time and talent and inspires others to make positive changes in the profession of librarianship.

Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library, wins 2020 Sullivan Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the 2020 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children was awarded to Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library (Stamford, Connecticut).  The Sullivan Award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children.  With the cancellation of the ALA Annual Conference, the award will be presented at the Award Ceremony and Reception Sunday, Jan.

Library associations underscore importance of IMLS COVID-19 efforts

CHICAGO — The library organizations listed below released the following statement today in response to the new collaboration announced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support the nation’s libraries and museums as they consider safe reopening practices in light of COVID-19. 

ALA Nominating Committee seeks candidates for 2021 election

CHICAGO — The Nominating Committee for the 2021 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2021 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for president-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 33 at-large council seats to be filled in the 2021 spring election.

The president-elect will serve a three-year term: as president-elect in 2021-22, as president in 2022-23, and as immediate past president in 2023-24.

Wong wins 2021-2022 ALA presidency

CHICAGO - Patricia "Patty" M. Wong, city librarian at Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library, has been elected 2021-22 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wong received 6,718 votes, while her opponent, Steven Yates, assistant director, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies, received 2,448 votes.

ALA Executive Director Tracie Hall releases statement on COVID-19

CHICAGO –American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie Hall released the following statement regarding COVID-19:

The American Library Association is committed to supporting its members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times.

American Library Association gears up for 2020 ALA election

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) is gearing up for its upcoming election. Polls will open at 9 a.m. Central Time on Monday, March 9, 2020.  ALA members are encouraged to cast a digital ballot to vote for association-wide leadership that will shape the future and direction of the association. ALA’s annual election will close on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.