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ALA President announces future EDI Efforts

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo today unveiled a variety of tools for library workers to continue to embed Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) principles within the profession and communities at large.

“Libraries of all types are invaluable allies inspiring understanding and community healing as our profession and patrons work to understand our differences,” said Garcia-Febo. “This is a pivotal time for ALA members as we all work to transform the profession and our institutions through education and lifelong learning.

Library community grieves tragic loss of Amber Clark of Sacramento Public Library

CHICAGO –Amber Clark, Sacramento Public Library’s North Natomas branch supervisor, was fatally wounded by a gunman in the library’s parking lot as she sat in her vehicle on the evening of Dec. 11. Since the time of this tragic event, the American Library Association (ALA) has contacted colleagues in Sacramento, California to offer resources and support. 

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo released the following statement regarding ALA resources available to ALA members and how the library community can lend additional support.   

ALA president reminds members of professional EDI tools to address microaggressions, quash racial profiling

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo released the following statement regarding the association’s commitment to providing library professionals with resources that support equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). This statement comes on the heels of two incidents that involved library staff and patrons of color.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort

NEW ORLEANS –  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo introduced “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. This initiative is uniquely positioned to ignite public awareness of the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at the local, state, national and global level. Garcia-Febo announced the effort during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibit Inaugural Banquet in New Orleans.

American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library community is appalled that innocent children would face such emotional trauma and would be locked in mass facilities and separated from their families,” Neal said. “There is no legitimate policy or moral basis for this unconscionable action.

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: