Public Awareness

ALA announces election ballot measure results

CHICAGO -  Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced the outcomes of three ballot measures regarding a proposed membership dues adjustment and an amendment to ALA executive director education requirements.  

New report affirms invaluable role of our nation’s libraries

CHICAGO – Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2018 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 8 – 14, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries. The report affirms the invaluable role libraries and library workers play within their communities by leading efforts to transform lives through education and lifelong learning.

Nation celebrates the value of bookmobiles April 11, 2018

CHICAGO – Every day, bookmobiles help transform the communities they serve, providing everything from access to books, magazines and videos to job search assistance and much more.

On Wednesday, April 11, our nation celebrates National Bookmobile Day. For more than 100 years, bookmobiles have delivered information, technology and resources for life-long learning to Americans of all walks of life.

Nation to recognize contributions of library workers April 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Today’s library workers play a critical role in meeting the needs of the communities they serve, from offering social service support and health services to career and small business development assistance and tools to help combat fake news. April 10 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library professionals for their expertise and leadership skills in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Libraries offer a wealth of personal finance programs during Money Smart Week®, April 21 - 28, 2018

CHICAGO – Earning a living can be hard. But knowing how to spend, save and invest your money wisely can be even more of a challenge. And with the recent changes in the tax code, being financially savvy is imperative.

Libraries help by providing the resources that can help you make the right choices. Our nation’s librarians and library workers are trained in offering unbiased sources of information that guide us in making sound fiscal choices.

John Cotton Dana Award Deadline Extended

The deadline for submission for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards for Library Public Relations has been extended to March 30.  Information about these awards and award applications are available at https://ebsco.fluidreview.com/.

Sarah Jessica Parker book club pick explores the meaning of faith

Jonathan Miles’ Anatomy of a Miracle latest title chosen for ALA Book Club Central

CHICAGO – Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker has selected Jonathan Miles’ Anatomy of a Miracle, on sale today, as the latest addition to the American Library Association’s (ALA) Book Club Central SJP list. Anatomy of a Miracle is a remarkable novel about a paralyzed young man’s unexplainable recovery, and explores faith, science, mystery and the meaning of life.

ALA and AASL release joint statement on Florida Senate Bill 7026

CHICAGO – American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal and American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Steven Yates released the following joint statement in response to legislation that will allow for the arming of school librarians in Florida schools. Senate Bill 7026 would permit librarians, counselors, and coaches to carry firearms in Florida Public Schools.

American Library Association appoints Cushman & Wakefield as strategic real estate advisor

CHICAGOThe American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Cushman & Wakefield as its exclusive real estate advisory firm to assist in the development of strategic real estate options that support the mission, business, and financial goals of the ALA.

New coloring book for library lovers supports the mission of ALA

CHICAGO — “Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions, will have both children and adults casting aside the day’s stress in favor of pens, crayons, and colored pencils. Inside this book readers will find a variety of delightful coloring pages arranged according to Dewey Decimal numbers.