Public Programs Office

ALA Cultural Communities Fund to sponsor $5,000 award for excellence in library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that the ALA Cultural Communities Fund is the new sponsor for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

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.  

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  

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: accepting submissions for 2013 editorial calendar

CHICAGO —, a resource website of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, invites programming librarians from public, academic, school and special libraries of all sizes to submit proposals for articles and webinars to be included in the 2013 editorial calendar. Proposals will be reviewed on an ongoing basis through Sept. 14. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit

NEH, ALA accepting applications for 'Muslim Journeys,' a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf

Libraries will receive books, films to support programs exploring Islamic culture

CHICAGO — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is accepting applications through September 25, 2012 for “Muslim Journeys,” a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world 

ALA announces eight public libraries to host 'Discover Tech' interactive traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announced that that eight public libraries will host a new interactive traveling exhibition called Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference.

ALA Public Programs Office presents new ideas for library programming at Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office will present a diverse offering of programs at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, open to all attendees who are interested in learning how to make their library a community center for lifelong learning and civic engagement through arts and humanities programs.


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