Public Awareness

ALA OIF Responds to Library Bill of Rights Meeting Room Interpretation update

CHICAGO -  The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.  OIF Director James LaRue released the following statement regarding a recent update to Library Bill of Rights meeting rooms interpretation.

ALA President unveils enriched ALA-APA Workplace Wellness website

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and members of the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee announce the relaunch of ALA-Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Workplace Wellness website. The site now includes additional health resources that benefit library workers in all types of working environments. The website reboot is part of Garcia-Febo’s commitment to support staff wellness and is made possible by the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee.

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo announces “Libraries = Strong Communities” advocacy effort

NEW ORLEANS –  Today American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo introduced “Libraries = Strong Communities,” a national advocacy effort aimed at highlighting the value of academic, public and school libraries. This initiative is uniquely positioned to ignite public awareness of the value of libraries and library staff and create a groundswell of support at the local, state, national and global level. Garcia-Febo announced the effort during the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibit Inaugural Banquet in New Orleans.

ALA, ALSC respond to Wilder Medal name change

NEW ORLEANS - During the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children's Literature Legacy Award. This award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a significant and lasting contribution to children's literature. ALA President Jim Neal and ALSC President Nina Lindsay released the following joint statement:

American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library community is appalled that innocent children would face such emotional trauma and would be locked in mass facilities and separated from their families,” Neal said. “There is no legitimate policy or moral basis for this unconscionable action.

ALA announces Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 Diversity Research Grant. This grant financially assists researchers in completing a project that is closely tied to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion in the library and information sciences field.

 

Libraries Transform to hold interactive sessions at ALA Annual

CHICAGO – At ALA Annual Conference, the Libraries Transform campaign will hold interactive brainstorming sessions to help library workers discover innovative ways to publicize services to their communities and advocate for funding and legislation to key stakeholders.

The Incredibles to use superpowers for Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – The Incredibles are joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to encourage the public to obtain a free library card as Honorary Chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month this September. The Incredibles will use their superpowers to remind families, students and people of all ages that signing up for a library card is a great step toward a truly super lifestyle.

Learn to conquer the digital world at PR Forum 2018

CHICAGO – In today’s world, it’s not a matter of whether or not you engage in social media and digital marketing but how well you do it. At the 2018 PR Forum, being held 2:30-3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, learn how to determine which social platform is best for your library, how to develop compelling content and how to discover conversations you can become a part of.  

PR Sunday Spotlight to focus on marketing and public relations sessions at ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition

CHICAGO –  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition attendees will have access to a series of innovative library public relations programs and events on Sunday, June 24. Known as the PR Sunday Spotlight, this series of select programs and events will offer library professionals the opportunity to attend five marketing and public-relations focused sessions on the same day.

PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include: