Public Awareness

ALA extends commitment to Libraries Transform public awareness campaign

CHICAGO – On June 26, the Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) extended its commitment to the Libraries Transform Campaign for an additional three years (Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2020).

Libraries Transform is the ALA’s public awareness campaign and serves to highlight the transformative nature of our nation’s libraries in today’s changing world. Since the campaign launched in 2015, more than 7,100 libraries and library advocates have joined Libraries Transform.

Sarah Jessica Parker announces first pick for ALA’s Book Club Central

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched Book Club Central with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts, published by Ecco/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Ms. Parker made the announcement during the ALA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place, June 22-27, 2017.

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

CHICAGO – New to this year’s ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is the PR Sunday Spotlight on June 25, which will showcase innovative library public relations programming and events. This new series will give library communications and marketing staff the opportunity to attend five public-relations focused sessions all on the same day. PR Sunday Spotlight sessions include:

Nominate a librarian for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through Sept. 18 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.

ALA stands up for science, encourages March for Science participation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) joins more than 170 organizations to work to defend the vital role science plays within evidence-based policy making. The ALA encourages its more than 57,000 members to participate in the March for Science, on April 22, an international, nonpartisan event co-organized by Earth Day Network and March for Science that supports the ALA’s core values regarding access to information and its efforts to fight censorship. 

Public libraries play vital role in advancing health literacy

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Public Library Association is highlighting the work public libraries do in advancing the health and health literacy of Americans. A 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey conducted by the Information Policy & Action Center found that public libraries in the U.S. advance equal access to health information in many important ways.

DC’s Teen Titans to champion Library Card Sign-up Month

CHICAGO – This September, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, will team up with the American Library Association (ALA) to promote the value of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chairs. As honorary chairs, DC’s Teen Titans will remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.