Special Reports

ALA releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report

Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s needs, but school libraries feel the pain of tight budgets

CHICAGO — Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the community.

RUSA issues Request For Proposal for branding initiative

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is soliciting proposals to oversee and implement the rebranding of RUSA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and the home of the exclusive Notable Books List, which ultimately serves as the basis for the selection of the Carnegie Awards (http://www.ala.org/rusa/awards).

ALA receives IMLS grant to assess impact of library public programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $99,996, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support a one-year project, entitled the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA), for the development of a comprehensive research agenda to document the characteristics, audiences, outcomes, and value of public programming in libraries at a national level.

ALA creates institutional repository

CHICAGO – The American Library Association in collaboration with the University of Illinois is creating its own institutional repository (ALAIR).  An institutional repository by definition is a digital repository for collecting, preserving and disseminating the informational, some say intellectual, some research, output of an organization.  The University of Illinois was chosen because of the expertise of its archives and IR staff and that the University currently houses the ALA print archives. 

Preservation activities survey released

CHICAGO — "A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions: FY2012" is a pilot survey coordinated by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS).  Sixty-two cultural heritage institutions (library, museum, archives or historical society) with preservation activities completed the survey.

IFRT accepting nominations for 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2013.

AASL releases executive summary of 2011-2012 NCES Schools and Staffing Survey

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released an executive summary of the 2011-2012 National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS).  Prepared by the AASL research and statistics committee with a data analysis by Sue Kimmel, the summary highlights findings relevant to the school library profession and areas inviting further study. The executive summary can be downloaded as a PDF via the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/research.

ALCTS Board endorses Digitization Capture Recommendations

CHICAGO — At the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago this past June, the Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) endorsed “Minimum Digitization Capture Recommendations.”   A Task Force of the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Preservation Standards and Practices Committee was commissioned to develop minimum standards for the digital capture or reformatting of documents for preservation purposes.

Learn 'what’s next' for libraries and digital content as part of ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO - Publishers Weekly columnist Peter Brantley and ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group (DCWG) Co-chair Robert Wolven will discuss “New Directions for Libraries and Digital Content” at 10:45 a.m. (CDT) Wednesday, July 24 as part of the ALA Virtual Conference.

American Library Association (ALA) 2011-12 Annual Report highlights initiatives, milestones

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2011-12 Annual Report, an overview of the association’s initiatives and accomplishments on behalf of the library profession.

The report highlights the key initiatives of former ALA President Molly Raphael, which centered on "Empowering Voices." The report also underscores how ALA supports the efforts of libraries in providing essential technological resources, protecting patron privacy and promoting early childhood literacy.

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