International Relations Office

ALA Disaster Relief Fund Provides Grants to 20 Libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Thanks to hundreds of donors contributing $80,000 toward relief, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that 20 libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive grants to assist in recovery from the damage wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library community is appalled that innocent children would face such emotional trauma and would be locked in mass facilities and separated from their families,” Neal said. “There is no legitimate policy or moral basis for this unconscionable action.

Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund winner announced

CHICAGO – Anne Mlod is the 2018 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee's "Bogle-Pratt International Library Travel Fund."

An award of $1,000 is given to an ALA member to attend their first international conference. The Bogle Memorial Fund and the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science will provide a $1,000 cash award for Ms. Mlod to attend her first international conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ethiopia library wins first International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO — The Chromebook Lab project at the Axumite Heritage Foundation Library in Ethiopia is the first recipient of the American Library Association’s International Relations Roundtable (IRRT) Mission Enhancement Grant.

Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando iniciativas de respuesta y recuperación de las bibliotecas afectadas por el huracán María, y el reciente terremoto en México con el Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA (ALA Disaster Relief Fund).   

ALA Disaster Relief Fund to support Caribbean islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, library rebuilding efforts

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CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for libraries damaged by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquake in Mexico through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund.   

Amed Demirhan receives 2017 John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award

CHICAGO — Amed Demirhan has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award, given to a librarian or person who has made significant contributions to international librarianship.

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 https://www.sibfala.com/registration/. 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.