Public Awareness Office

Hlywak appointed director of ALA Communications and Marketing

CHICAGO — Stephanie M. Hlywak has been named ALA’s new director of Communications and Marketing, effective Oct. 1, 2018. She comes to ALA from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where she served as national director of content marketing. In that role, she built the content marketing program from the ground up, including strategies, metrics, workflows and goals, for social media, email and blog content. She also developed MDA Amplify, a one-click app to enable staff, supporters and partner organizations to use their own social channels to amplify MDA’s messages.

Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award closing Oct. 1

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is reminding library users that they only have two weeks left to nominate their favorite librarians for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award. This year’s nominations will close Mon., Oct. 1 at midnight Central Daylight Time.

ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) and its chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are working to assist libraries affected by Hurricane Florence. Support efforts will involve most Atlantic Seaboard libraries in serving as a lifeline for residents in dire need of FEMA and insurance forms, access to electrical power, internet access, heat or important information about storm relief and recovery efforts.  

American Library Association to explore Chicago commercial real estate market

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association (ALA) announced its plan to explore Chicago’s commercial real estate market with the listing of its headquarter buildings at 40 and 50 East Huron. Efforts to examine the value of its headquarters are fueled by its goals to enhance operational excellence; grow membership; and acquire a workplace environment that supports the development of innovative programs and services for its members.

Looking for nation’s favorite librarians for I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the coveted 2018 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes librarians for transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites library users to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are being accepted now through Oct. 1, 2018 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.   

New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion and education for people of all backgrounds. The PSAs are free and are available for download.

Library Card Sign-up Month artwork starring the Incredibles now available

CHICAGO – Library Card Sign-up Month artwork featuring Honorary Chairs the Incredibles is now available for download. The artwork includes print and digital Public Service Announcements (PSAs), social media graphics, customizable library cards and billboards. As Honorary Chairs, the Incredibles are using their superpowers to promote the value of a library card this September.

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.

Libraries Transform to hold interactive sessions at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – At ALA Annual Conference, the Libraries Transform campaign will hold interactive brainstorming sessions to help library workers discover innovative ways to publicize services to their communities and advocate for funding and legislation to key stakeholders.

The Incredibles to use superpowers for Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – The Incredibles are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to encourage the public to obtain a free library card as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month this September. The Incredibles will use their superpowers to remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle.