Public Awareness

ALA and GLBTRT work to safeguard civil liberties, continue to support understanding and mutual respect

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) released the following statement in response to current policy efforts to exclude transgender individuals from military service, LGBTQ recognition under the Civil Rights Act and other protections from discrimination by means of actions addressing religious freedom.

“Regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race or class, we all deserve to live and thrive in a society that fosters mutual respect and understanding.

ALA offers support for Clovis-Carver Public Library in wake of shooting

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following member statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico,   

PLA echoes ALA statement condemning racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - The Public Library Association (PLA) proudly supports the American Library Association's (ALA) position on the recent tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Last week ALA President Jim Neal released the following statement: 

Libraries invited to join social media activity this Banned Books Week

This Banned Books Week, let patrons know that their words have power — especially their tweets.

During Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the Office for Intellectual Freedom is inviting libraries and nonprofits to partner with it for the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament, a Banned Books Week activity that encourages readers to discuss censorship online. Partners receive a digital toolkit, and partner libraries are entered into a drawing for intellectual freedom-themed prizes.

PLA to host discussion of opioid crisis for libraries

Over two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin. This national epidemic is affecting communities of all sizes and the public libraries that serve them.

PLA is partnering with WebJunction to host a virtual "town hall meeting" to discuss the opioid epidemic for public library professionals. The event will be held 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

ALA condemns racism and violence in Charlottesville

CHICAGO - Today American Library Association President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the weekend’s tragic violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Library Card Sign-up Month artwork featuring DC’s Teen Titans now available

CHICAGO – As honorary chairs of Library Card Sign-up Month, crimefighting DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans, are appearing in print and digital Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to help promote the value of a library card. DC is also providing Teen Titans artwork for customizable library cards, billboards and social media graphics.  

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: