ALA President

Brown Wins 2019–2020 ALA Presidency

CHICAGO – Wanda Brown, Director of Library Services at the C.G. O’Kelly Library, Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, N.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association.

Brown received 6,066 votes, while her opponent, Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, Calif., received 4,066 votes

ALA and AASL release joint statement on Florida Senate Bill 7026

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Steven Yates released the following joint statement in response to legislation that will allow for the arming of school librarians in Florida schools. Senate Bill 7026 would permit librarians, counselors, and coaches to carry firearms in Florida Public Schools.

ALA president welcomes FY2018 federal budget agreement, applauds library advocates

WASHINGTON, DC — Today Congress passed and the president signed an FY2018 budget deal that will likely include at least level funding for federal library programs at FY2017 levels. Below is the statement of ALA President Jim Neal:

ALA President announces 12-member cohort for newly launched ALA Policy Corps

American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal today announced the 12 library and information professionals selected to participate in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

The ALA President’s Program at the Midwinter Meeting Debates Neutrality in Libraries.

Are Libraries Neutral?  Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?  The question of neutrality in librarianship is an old one.  ALA’s 1939 Code of Ethics for Librarians calls for unbiased “recommendations”.  This is seen in the ALA Library Bill of Rights principles that present the library as content neutral, open and accessible to all.  A group of ALA members from academic library, public library, and library education backgrounds will engage the issues during a formal debate, with two speakers in the affirmative and two in the negative, followed by commentary from a reactor panel and a conversa

ALA, library community support Hurricane Irma response efforts

CHICAGO  – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for the libraries damaged by Hurricane Irma.   

“We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hurricane Irma,” said ALA President Jim Neal. “We are supporting the Florida Library Association and Florida State Library as they work with local libraries dealing with storm-related damage. We are also coordinating with other states and the Caribbean islands whose libraries were damaged by Irma."

ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

CHICAGO -  Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following message regarding the Trump administration’s announcement that it will end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which protected nearly 800,000 undocumented youth from deportation as they pursued the American dream.

"Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including immigrants, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity,“ said Neal.

ALA offers support for Clovis-Carver Public Library in wake of shooting

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following member statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico,