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ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez reports on Fiscal Year 2014 year end budget results

The following statement was issued by ALA Treasurer Mario M. Gonzalez.

Dear colleagues:

I wanted to update you on the year end results for Fiscal Year 2014 as reviewed by the Budget Analysis Review Committee (BARC), Finance and Audit Committee and the Executive Board meetings in October 2014.

ALA releases report on library programming impact, calls for feedback from the field

CHICAGO — A report released today by the American Library Association (ALA) explores the growing area of library programming and proposes an ambitious, eight-year research plan to explore how programs reach library users and impact communities.

Libraries and the Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO — Ever since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, staff from public libraries throughout the country have been working hard to provide access to information about the law while educating their communities about how implementation affects them. But defining the expectations and limitations of libraries’ roles regarding support of the new law remains a challenge.

ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,” (pdf) a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries.

Libraries support digital readiness with tech training, STEM programs, more robust online collections

Leading Role Recognized in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training, according to a new study from the American Library Association (ALA). Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills needed to succeed in today’s – and tomorrow’s – global marketplace.

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. 

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