CHICAGO — Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement responding to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressing issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom.
I would like to thank all who have shared their perspectives, questions and opinions. The American Library Association (ALA) has heard your concerns regarding how we should approach the incoming administration. To address these concerns, we have rescinded the “ALA offers expertise, resources to incoming administration and Congress” press release posted to ALA.org on Nov. 15.
Please accept this apology regarding the press release Libraries Bolster Opportunity: New briefs show how libraries support policy priorities of new administration, which was posted Friday. The release was still in draft form; and in the haste to communicate with our members, it went out by mistake without my full review and approval. When I began to receive emails from our members, I realized what had happened and immediately asked for the release to be pulled from our website and issued an apology.
CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the invaluable role libraries and librarians will play within their communities as many search for common ground after the election.
CHICAGO — Support the future of our nation’s libraries and donate to the ALA and its divisions on #GivingTuesday, Nov.29. #GivingTuesday is a social media driven day of giving held in conjunction with the beginning of the holiday season and end-of-year giving.
Today the American Library Association announced the 45-115 ALA Federal Initiative to promote the capacity of libraries to advance our nation’s goals to leading federal policymakers. The campaign – named after the next President (our 45th) and the next Congress (our 115th) – will position U.S. libraries and library professionals as invaluable team members in setting federal policy and moving our nation forward in the digital age.
CHICAGO - On May 9, 2016 Kansas City Public Library Director of Public Programing Steve Woolfolk was arrested for his efforts to protect free speech during a public program entitled “Truman and Israel.” During the program off-duty police officers hired by the event sponsor arrested a patron for asking difficult questions and then arrested Woolfolk when he tried to intervene.
American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro released the following statement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Acknowledging and highlighting the critical role of libraries across the nation, the bipartisan Museum and Library Services Act of 2016 (S. 3391) was introduced today by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
CHICAGO—In a unanimous decision, the Killeen, TX, City Council voted to amend its budget and maintain the Copper Mountain Library, one of only two facilities in Killeen’s library system. The American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) coordinated with the Texas Library Association and local library supporters to urge the City Council to reverse a proposal to close this branch that serves hundreds of residents daily.
Washington, D.C. – Dr. Carla Hayden, a former president of the American Library Association (ALA) and Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress on Wednesday, September 14, at noon (Eastern time). The historic ceremony will be broadcast live, beginning at 11 a.m., on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Dr. Hayden is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress.