Public Awareness Office

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Troy Polamalu named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

New print public service announcement available

CHICAGO — This September, Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl champion Troy Polamalu will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.

As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Troy Polamalu has donated his image to a print and digital public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines and on websites to remind parents and educators that a library card is a key tool in achieving academic success.

ALA, PLA presidents release joint letter to halt closure of Sunland Park (N.M.) Community Library

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan and Public Library Association President Eva Poole distributed a joint letter to members of the Sunland Park (N.M.) City Council to urge that it take library service off the chopping block, as the council attempts to reduce the city's debt.  

Sullivan and Poole released the following letter:   

ALA president responds to post that library and information science is among the worst master’s degrees

CHICAGO — American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan has issued this statement in response to a  recent post about the value of a library and information science master’s degree:

Nominations now open for 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on, the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness website.  

ALA Council resolution proclaims value of school libraries, librarians

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council has passed a resolution in support of school libraries.

The resolution, passed at the ALA Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif., directs the ALA to lead the association in “addressing the urgent need for advocacy on behalf of school libraries and librarians.”

It also directs the ALA to address the impact of the “de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs” on students and student achievement.

President Barack Obama announces intent to nominate 2009-2010 ALA President Dr. Camila A. Alire to NCH

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate American Library Association (ALA) 2009-2010 President Dr. Camila A. Alire to the National Council on the Humanities.

Dr. Alire is dean emerita at both the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She is also professor of practice in the Managerial Leadership Ph.D. program within Simmons.

E-books, school library resolution, privacy, book awards among highlights of ALA Annual Conference

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif, saw a unanimous resolution in support of  the value of school libraries passed by ALA Council, as well as discussions about e-books, privacy, library advocacy and other important issues.

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.