Public Awareness Office

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.

Gene Luen Yang lends support to highlight the transformation of libraries as 2016 National Library Week Honorary Chair

CHICAGO — Libraries of all types consistently transform lives through free access to technology, digital literacy, career development, and opportunities for community engagement and lifelong learning.  In celebration of the invaluable contributions of librarians, library workers and the nation’s libraries, thousands will celebrate National Library Week, April 10 – 16.

The American Library Association to support National Readathon Day 2016 on May 21 in partnership with Penguin Random House

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that they have joined with Penguin Random House to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016. It is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy.

Jeff Julian is new Public Awareness Office director

CHICAGO – Cathleen Bourdon, associate executive director for advocacy and member relations, has announced that Jeff Julian will be the new director of the Public Awareness Office, effective January 4, 2016.

Author Sherman Alexie added to PLA 2016 Conference lineup

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce the addition of the Children’s Author Lunch with Sherman Alexie to the PLA 2016 Conference schedule from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

Registration now open for PLA 2016 Conference in Denver

CHICAGO — Housing and registration for the Public Library Association’s 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver, are now open. For complete details, visit

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

ALA Annual Conference Press Kit

Annual Conference 2016 Orlando logo

The 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will be held in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center from June 23 - 28. 

ALA President Stripling stands up for libraries in two national publications

CHICAGO Two op-eds  written by ALA President Barbara Stripling recently appeared during School Library Month in April. The op-eds  passionately make the case for the value of  libraries.  In the April/May edition of Our Children, a publication of the National PTA, a piece entitled "Stand Up for School Libraries" focused on the value of school libraries.

ALA announces 10 public libraries selected for Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the 10 public libraries chosen to undergo an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

The cohort, selected through a highly competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change-agents.


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