Public Awareness Office

New report chronicles library community’s front line battles against fake news, censorship, bigotry

CHICAGO –  Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report released during National Library Week, April 9 – 15, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic and political society.  

Broad Public, Library and Educational Sector Support of Hayden Nomination

More than 140 national nonprofit and library groups, schools, and academic libraries urge Dr. Carla Hayden’s rapid confirmation as Librarian of Congress

Mary Mackay to become new ALA Associate Executive Director for Publishing

CHICAGO -  After a nationwide search for the American Library Association’s new Associate Executive Director for Publishing, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Mackay to the role. Mary will start her new position on June 5th.
 

DC’s Teen Titans to champion Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.

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.

National Library Week highlights transformation of libraries, April 9-15, 2017

CHICAGO – National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.

Tools to help you celebrate libraries, library workers during National Library Week, April 9-15

CHICAGO – Tools are available to help you celebrate National Library Week, held each April by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country.

ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

Share your library’s story at Midwinter

CHICAGO — How does your library transform? You can tell your story on video during the 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta, held Jan. 20-24. The ALA’s Public Awareness Office will be conducting short interviews with librarians to reveal how their libraries transform. A video interview room, located just off the main lobby by registration, near the International Lounge, will be available from 9-11 a.m. on Friday and 4-5 p.m. on Saturday. The videos will appear on the ALA’s YouTube channel.

Thousands to view ALA Youth Media Awards results live

(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) will reveal the next classics in children’s and young adult literature and media during its Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. ET, Jan. 23, 20l7, from Atlanta, Georgia.   Libraries, schools and book lovers from around the globe will follow the action live through ALA social media channels and live webcast at http://ala.unikron.com/2017 .  

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