Governance Office

Leading to the Future: Innovative Interfaces sponsors 2014 ALA Leadership Institute

CHICAGO Building on the success of the 2013 inaugural “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute, and thanks to generous support from Innovative Interfaces, the four-day immersive leadership development program for 40 mid-career librarians will be offered again in August 2014. Led by ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, the institute will help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.

ALA offers Recognition Awards and Grants

CHICAGO — Nominate yourself, colleagues or your library for the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Recognition Awards and Grants.  Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for awards is Dec. 1. 

For general information about these and other ALA awards, visit www.ala.org/awardsgrants/

EBSCO offers five scholarships to librarians attending 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting takes place Jan. 24 - 28, 2014 and offers an opportunity for continuing education, meetings and interaction with colleagues.

Each EBSCO scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500, and one of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship money is to be used for conference registration, travel and expenses.

ALA announces slate of Council candidates

The American Library Association (ALA) announces the following individuals as candidates for positions on the ALA Council.  These individuals were nominated by the Nominating Committee for the 2014 ALA Election:

Denice C. Adkins, Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

Anya N. Arnold, Resource Sharing and Courier Program Manager, Orbis Cascade Alliance, Eugene, Ore.

ALA Council affirms the need for intelligence community reforms to support privacy, open government, transparency and accountability

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, in the light of recent revelations related to National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, has passed a resolution reaffirming “its unwavering support for the fundamental principles that are the foundation of our free and democratic society.” These include “a system of public accountability, government transparency, and oversight that supports people's right to know about and participate in our government.”

ALA Council resolution urges Congress to designate GPO lead agency in managing government’s digital information

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution urging Congress to designate the Government Printing Office (GPO) as the lead agency in managing the lifecycle of digital U.S. government informationThat information would include government publications, documents, information and websites.

ALA Council supports librarians sued for performing their professional duty

CHICAGO — In a response to recent lawsuits that “represent an attempt to repress the academic freedom of librarians expressing professional opinions,” the American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution urging publishers to refrain from such actions as filing libel suits against librarians who have publicly shared their professional opinions concerning the quality of publications.  Those suits bear striking similarities to Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) used to suppress the expression of public opinion, the resolution states.

ALA Council recognizes the contributions of libraries during emergencies

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution recognizing the role of libraries and librarians in providing relief during recent disasters.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 27 – July 2 in Chicago, acknowledges that many libraries across the country have provided library and emergency services in disasters including storms, fires, earthquakes and floods and applauds those actions;

ALA Council endorses Declaration for the Right to Libraries

CHICAGO — The  American Library Association (ALA) Council endorses the Declaration for the Right to Libraries and urges that ALA work to support and engage libraries and communities across the country in signing the declaration.

Forty participants selected for new 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 inaugural four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. Originally, 35 applicants were slated to be picked, but the selection committee increased the number based on the strength of the applications.

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