Public Awareness Office

ALA president responds to new Pew report on ‘Libraries, Patrons and E-books’

Washington, D.C. — Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association (ALA), released the following statement regarding today’s release of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books.” The report examines the roles that libraries play in the shifting digital terrain as e-reading, tablet computers and e-book readers become more popular.

ALA welcomes new Penguin pilot library lending program

ANAHEIM, Calif.  — On the first day of the largest library conference in the world, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Penguin Group USA that it will re-enter the library e-book lending market with a pilot in New York City.  ALA President Molly Raphael today released the following statement.

New promotional tools help send message of belonging to GLBT community

CHICAGO — Libraries looking to market their services to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community can now access new promotional tools, thanks to the Sacramento Public Library.

New posters, transit signs and window clings are now available on the Campaign for America’s Libraries website. These tools were originally created by the Sacramento Public Library as part of its promotion for National Library Week 2012. 

Season seven of Step Up to the Plate @ your library is now open

CHICAGO — In celebration of two American classics, baseball and libraries, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association launch Step Up to the Plate @ your library just in time for summer.  

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

2010-11 American Library Association Annual Report underscores successes, concerns for libraries

CHICAGO —The recently released 2010-11 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Roberta Stevens, including “Frontline Fundraising,” “Our Authors, Our Advocates” and the “Why I Need My Library” video contest.  The report also underscores how libraries are providing essential resources for job-seekers, support for critical e-government services and programs to promote financial literacy.

This summer, Step Up to the Plate @ your library

CHICAGO — Step Up to the Plate @ your library, the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual trivia contest about the “boys of summer” returns just in time for summer.

This year’s program is a whole new ball game. With a greater emphasis on social media, people of all ages are encouraged to use the resources at their library to answer a series of trivia questions developed by Hall of Fame staff.

PR Forum 2012: Implementing new technologies @ your library

CHICAGO –  Tom Peters, assistant dean for strategic initiatives at Illinois State University, will speak at the 2012 PR Forum from 8-10 a.m., June 24, at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Peters will discuss how to implement emerging technologies, including mobile technology, in your library through collaboration. The program will also address how technologies can be implemented successfully with attention to time and budget management.

New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights

CHICAGO - In conjunction with Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) released preliminary findings from a new survey measuring librarians' views on privacy rights and protecting library users' privacy. 

Growing gardening programs @ your library

CHICAGO – Over the last few years, cities and towns across the country have been seeing a rise in residents participating in backyard herb, vegetable and community gardens.

Helping cultivate this trend, libraries are offering a variety of tools and resources to both first-time gardeners and advanced horticulturists.

Librarians promote reading by participating in World Book Night

CHICAGO — Librarians are helping to spread the joy and love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23.

Held in the United States, as well as the U.K. and Ireland, the initiative aims at promoting the value of reading,  printed books, bookstores and libraries to everyone year round.

World Book Night seeks out reluctant adult readers wherever they are, in towns and cities and in such public settings as nursing homes, food pantries, low income schools and mass transit centers, according to organizers.

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