Public Awareness

Ten librarians across the country honored for outstanding public service accomplishments

2014 winners announced for the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York/
New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

ALA seeks nation’s favorite librarians for 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. The ALA is accepting nominations now through Sept. 19 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

Learn how to bring Libraries Transform into your library during training session at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — With its strong, clear and consistent messaging and versatile tools, the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age.

Since its rollout in 2015, the list of libraries that have adopted the campaign has been steadily building, with more than 2,700 libraries joining the effort.

Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

CHICAGO — In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  

The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.

Free webinar on May 25: How to Leverage Snoopy to Run a Library-Card Sign-Up Campaign for Your Library

CHICAGO – Looking for a new way to promote Library Card Sign-up Month to your community? Join Jeff Julian, director of the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Awareness Office, and Megan McFarlane, Libraries Transform coordinator, for a free webinar to learn about this year’s Library Card Sign-up Month honorary spokesdog, Snoopy, with tips for running a successful public awareness campaign.

The webinar will take place from 1-2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25. Space is limited. Visit http://bit.ly/1TkefZL to register today.

National Readathon Day campaign now includes Facebook Donate option and profile picture frame

NEW YORK - Penguin Random House, which is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) for this year’s National Readathon Day, announced today that readers everywhere will be able to contribute to #Readathon2016, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, through its newly launched Donate campaign on Facebook.

Brad Meltzer to sign latest book at Preservation Week booth

CHICAGO — On Sunday, June 26 New York Times best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will sign copies of his latest book at the Preservation Week booth at 1 p.m. Meltzer is the 2016 Preservation Week Honorary Chair and will be an Auditorium Speaker at  10:30-11:30 a.m. on June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

Libraries offering personal finance programs during Money Smart Week, April 23 - 30, 2016

CHICAGO – Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities to teach members of their communities how to sharpen their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week, April 23-30, 2016.

We can all improve our money management skills. But where can we discover the resources to learn how to secure our financial future? How can we be sure we are relying on trusted sources of information? And how much will we have to spend on financial planners? The answers are as close as your local library – and they are available free of charge.

“State of America’s Libraries 2016” shows service transformation to meet tech demands of library patrons

CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to  meet the needs of tech-savvy patrons.

This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.

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