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2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition—Sending a message of advocacy for libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 138th Annual Conference & Exhibition (https://2019.alaannual.org), June 20-25, in Washington, DC. The conference was attended by more than 21,400 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 6,800 exhibitors) from across the world.

ALA and US library associations affirm commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and several library associations in the United States have pledged their commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

ALA President Loida Garcia – Febo shares insights on sustainable thinking during United Nations event

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President (ALA) Loida Garcia – Febo joined international library leaders for a knowledge-sharing event entitled "Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries Today: the role of libraries in strengthening our communities." The event was hosted by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library and provided an international platform to discuss how libraries around the world are creating and cultivating new relationships to help communities learn, understand and support sustainable professional development.

ALA adding sustainability as a core value of librarianship

CHICAGO – Libraries play an important and unique role in promoting community awareness about resilience, climate change and a sustainable future. They are also leading by example by taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint.

Now the American Library Association (ALA) is supporting the library community by showing its commitment to assisting in the development of sustainable libraries with the addition of sustainability as a core value of librarianship.  

Webinar offers wellness strategies for those experiencing microaggressions and workplace stress

CHICAGO — As part of ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo’s efforts in the areas of wellness and diversity, the ALA-APA will host a free webinar entitled ‘Strategies for wellness for those experiencing microaggressions plus workplace stress’ at noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central/8 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Register now.

Conversing with the Ethnic Affiliates of the American Library Association Webinar

Chicago - As part of ALA’s President Loida Garcia-Febo efforts in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) has invited ALA’s affiliate members of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color to an online conversation to share their history, projects, and news on May 1 at 1 p.m. CST.

ALA President participates in efforts to assist battered youth in Puerto Rico 

CHICAGO – American Library Association President Loida Garcia-Febo supports efforts to provide literacy resources to Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable communities. Today Garcia- Febo joined library leaders at the Puerto Rico Center for the Book to participate in a discussion entitled Read to Heal and Transform Lives, a local effort to provide library services to battered girls and adolescents in Puerto Rico. 

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.