Public Awareness Office

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

Learn how to bring Libraries Transform into your library during training session at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — With its strong, clear and consistent messaging and versatile tools, the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age.

Since its rollout in 2015, the list of libraries that have adopted the campaign has been steadily building, with more than 2,700 libraries joining the effort.

Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

CHICAGO — In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  

The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.

National Readathon Day campaign now includes Facebook Donate option and profile picture frame

NEW YORK - Penguin Random House, which is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) for this year’s National Readathon Day, announced today that readers everywhere will be able to contribute to #Readathon2016, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, through its newly launched Donate campaign on Facebook.

Learn the ‘Fine’ art of building library relationships at the 2016 PR Forum during ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – Every conversation is an opportunity for success. But success in conversation requires practice – and the more you practice, the easier it gets. That is the view of author and internationally recognized keynote speaker Debra Fine, who has focused on the lively art and technique of conversation in several bestselling books.

Author Brad Meltzer to serve another term as Preservation Week® Honorary Chair

CHICAGO – Best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will join thousands of library preservation experts to safeguard digital photos and recordings during Preservation Week®, April 24 – 30, 2016.  Meltzer joins the campaign for another year as honorary chair of Preservation Week®, a time when libraries throughout the country provide information and expertise on how to archive and preserve individual and institutional treasures.

ALA President, GLBTRT Chair Urge Georgia Governor to Veto HB 757

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Sari Feldman and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) Chair Peter Coyl released a joint letter to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal urging him to veto House Bill 757. The bill is yet another example of a disturbing trend of state legislators working to adopt religious freedom laws that would guarantee that businesses have the right to exercise their constitutional freedom of religion in regard to the services they offer to the public. 

Transform your National Library Week — celebrate National Library Week 2016 with new promotional activities and tools

CHICAGO — It’s a fact. Your library changes the lives of people in your community, school and campus every day. The American Library Association (ALA), in honor of its new public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, wants you to share your stories of how libraries do just that.

Demand for Apple encryption tool threatens library users’ privacy

CHICAGO – Libraries have a direct and immediate stake in the outcome of the Apple case, as patrons have 24/7 access to library materials and resources via their smart phones, tablets and mobile devices. Sari Feldman, president of the American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement in response to a federal court order that requires Apple to develop a new tool to eliminate specific security protections the company built into its phone software, in order to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation in unlocking encrypted messages.

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