Public Awareness Office

Video features five authors sharing their love of school libraries as School Library Month begins

CHICAGO  - April is School Library Month – and to commemorate the annual celebration,, the public website for the American Library Association’s public awareness campaign, the Campaign for America’s Libraries, presents five authors sharing their love of school libraries.

The authors are Mary Amato (“The Naked Mole-Rat Letters”), Rachel DeWoskin (“Big Girl Small”), Loren Long (“Otis”), Scott Hutchins (“A Working Theory of Love”) and Elizabeth Percer (“An Uncommon Education”).

LIASA celebrates South African Library Week with Educate yourself @ your library

CHICAGO – For the seventh year in a row, the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) will celebrate South African Library Week (March 16-23), using the @ your library brand. This year’s theme will be Educate Yourself @ your library.

2013 National Library Week promotional ideas wanted

CHICAGO — The ALA's Campaign for America's Libraries is soliciting stories telling how libraries of all types are promoting National Library Week with the theme Communities matter @ your library.  Ideas will be shared on the National Library Week tools page.  Librarians can email ideas to  

ALA council supports U.S. delegation to WIPO, diplomatic conference on access treaty

CHICAGO – The Council of the American Library Association (ALA) recently passed a resolution commending the United States delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for its recognition of libraries as critical providers of accessible content.

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.


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