Public Awareness Office

ALA council urges Congress to act toward becoming fully functioning member of UNESCO

CHICAGO – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) recently passed a resolution urging Congress to approve a national interest waiver, so the United States can again pay its dues to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and become a fully functioning UNESCO member.

ALA President Maureen Sullivan responds to Edwin Mellen Press lawsuit

CHICAGO — Recently Edwin Mellen Press filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against McMaster University Associate Librarian Dale Askey. The suit alleges that Askey committed libel while criticizing Edwin Mellen Press on a personal blog while a librarian at Kansas State University. Edwin Mellen Press is seeking a total of $4.5 million dollars in damages to compensate for injury to its reputation.

American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan released the following statement regarding the lawsuit:

Affairs of the heart @ your library

CHICAGO – Love is certainly in the air at the library this month, as February marks not only Valentine’s Day, but also Love Your Library Month and American Heart Month.

This February, libraries across the country are all about “heart.” Here are just a few examples of what libraries are doing to commemorate these events.

Midwinter attendees hear about groundbreaking community engagement initiative, discuss future of libraries

SEATTLE - Librarians and library supporters gathered in Seattle from Jan. 25-29 to discuss ways that libraries can engage and transform their communities, as well as keep current on the issues facing public, school, academic and special libraries. Those topics included ebook lending, increasing technological change and the rapid growth of social media.

They also came to celebrate the best of the best in children’s and youth literature with the unveiling of the 2013 Youth Media Awards.

ALA will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®

CHICAGO – Thanks to a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the American Library Association (ALA) and its Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) will continue funding the American Dream Starts @ your library®, a literacy initiative for adult English language learners and their families.

2013 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL

SEATTLE - Linda Glaser and Adam Gustavson, author and illustrator of "Hannah’s Way," Louise Borden author of "His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg," and Deborah Heiligman, author of "Intentions," are the 2013 winners of the prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award. The awards were announced at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the School, Synagogue and Community Center Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries.

American Library Association announces 2013 youth media award winners

SEATTLE — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:

Sheinkin wins 2013 Sibert Medal

SEATTLE — Steve Sheinkin, author of “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” was named the winner of the 2013 Robert F. Sibert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for children published in 2012. The award was announced today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 – 29 in Seattle.

David Díaz y Benjamín Alire Sáenz ganan premios Pura Belpré

SEATTLE — David Díaz, ilustrador de “Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert”; y Benjamín Alire Sáenz, autor de “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”fueron seleccionados como los ganadores del Premio de Ilustración Pura Belpré 2013, y el Premio al Autor Pura Belpré 2013 respectivamente. La distinción rinde homenaje a los escritores e ilustradores hispanos cuyas obras constituyan el mejor reflejo, afirmación y celebración de la experiencia cultural hispana en la literatura infantil.