Public Awareness

Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award closing Oct. 1

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is reminding library users that they only have two weeks left to nominate their favorite librarians for the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award. This year’s nominations will close Mon., Oct. 1 at midnight Central Daylight Time.

ALA, library community work to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) and its chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are working to assist libraries affected by Hurricane Florence. Support efforts will involve most Atlantic Seaboard libraries in serving as a lifeline for residents in dire need of FEMA and insurance forms, access to electrical power, internet access, heat or important information about storm relief and recovery efforts.  

PLA now accepting applications and nominations for 2019 Awards

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of its sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to offer ten awards and grants for 2019. The PLA Awards are designed to highlight the best in public library service and programming and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries.

The PLA Awards & Grants for 2019 include:

American Library Association to explore Chicago commercial real estate market

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association (ALA) announced its plan to explore Chicago’s commercial real estate market with the listing of its headquarter buildings at 40 and 50 East Huron. Efforts to examine the value of its headquarters are fueled by its goals to enhance operational excellence; grow membership; and acquire a workplace environment that supports the development of innovative programs and services for its members.

National writing contest seeks short stories on courage, launches September 25

Winners could receive up to $1,000 and the chance to be published in Short Story Dispensers

CHICAGO – Up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers nationwide will be at stake for writers of all levels, through a new writing contest launching September 25.

Looking for nation’s favorite librarians for I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking nominations for the coveted 2018 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes librarians for transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites library users to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are being accepted now through Oct. 1, 2018 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.   

Public Library Association adds new awareness toolkit to suite of family engagement resources

CHICAGO – As part of a key strategic initiative, the Public Library Association (PLA) has released a free promotional toolkit designed to help libraries raise awareness of family engagement through libraries. This new resource can be used to supplement libraries’ marketing, fundraising, community relations and political advocacy work.

Anita Mechler named YALSA executive director

CHICAGO — ALA is pleased to welcome Anita Mechler, the new executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. 

New video PSAs starring Constance Wu promote library resources

CHICAGO – Constance Wu, star of the soon-to-be released film “Crazy Rich Asians,” is featured in three new video Public Service Announcements (PSAs) promoting the transformative resources available at libraries. In the PSAs, Wu shares her love of libraries and explains how they advance inclusion and education for people of all backgrounds. The PSAs are free and are available for download.

ALA: New Tor delay on library ebooks hurts readers, authors and libraries

CHICAGO - At the beginning of July, Tor, a division of Macmillan, announced without warning that it was immediately beginning to embargo ebook sales of new titles to libraries for four months. Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo issued the following statement: