Public Awareness

Understanding Accessibility Challenges for Patrons

CHICAGO - The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is excited to announce the update of 15 Library Accessibility Toolkits to help better serve patrons. These toolkits were developed to help library professionals understand the challenges and opportunities presented by issues of equitable access for library users.

ALA to support multicultural literature for youth with enhanced 2019 Youth Media Awards

CHICAGO - Librarians and library staff work to transform lives by connecting youth with materials that celebrate diversity, abolish cultural invisibility, and foster understanding.  The American Library Association (ALA) and its professional affiliates will highlight the best of the best in multicultural literature for youth by adding additional announcements to its 2019 ALA Youth Media Awards.

ALA Appoints Mary Ghikas as Executive Director through January 2020

 CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board has appointed Mary Ghikas as executive director through January 2020, effective immediately. Ghikas has been serving as interim executive director since August 1, 2017, after the retirement of Keith Michael Fiels. She was most recently senior associate executive director of member programs and services.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay with Me” for ALA Book Club Central pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Stay with Me” by Ayobami Adebayo, published by Knopf, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

New “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” PSAs capture the action and adventure found at the library

CHICAGO -  Let’s face it.  It’s an information jungle out there and librarians and library staff lead countless quests to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.  In conjunction with the anticipated release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” on Dec. 20, 2017, American Library Association (ALA) and Sony Pictures are offering free action-packed audio, social media, and video public service announcements (PSAs).  Available for download until Feb.

Acclaimed author, ballerina Misty Copeland to serve as 2018 National Library Week honorary chair

CHICAGO – Bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland will lend her support to advocate for our nation’s libraries as honorary chair of National Library Week, April 8 – 14, 2018. Like librarians and library workers, Copeland’s efforts to lead social change through her writing and teaching fuel the transformation of lives through cultural understanding, education and lifelong learning.

Two L.A. librarians receive national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Julie Bill with the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles and Annie Cipolla with the Los Angeles Public Library were named winners of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Bill and Cipolla are being recognized for their leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Bill and Cipolla are two of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Rochester, N.Y. librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Timothy Ryan, young adult services librarian/circulation supervisor at the Rochester Public Library in New York, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Ryan is being recognized for his leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. He is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.