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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.

Nominating committee seeks candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) 2014 Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2014 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 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2014 spring election.

The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2014-2015, as President in 2015-2016 and as Immediate Past President in 2016-2017.

Young wins ALA presidency

CHICAGO - Courtney Louise Young, head librarian at the Penn State Greater Allegheny has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association, defeating. Barbara Froling Immroth, professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information

Young received 5,391 votes, while Immroth received 5,029 votes.

As ALA president, Young will be the chief elected officer for the oldest and largest library association in the world.

'Cain at Gettysburg' wins the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

CHICAGO— "Cain at Gettysburg" by Ralph Peters, published by Forge Books, is the winner of the 2013 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award “for Excellence in Military Fiction.”

The W. Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. The $5,000 award and citation, donated by author W.Y. Boyd II, recognizes the service of American veterans and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction.

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