Public Awareness

ALA unveils shortlist for 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) sponsored by NoveList, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 11, 2018.

Podcast investigates the A1 Mystery of Avon Lake

CHICAGO — Whodunit?

That’s the question many are asking as they anticipate the Oct. 25 episode of Dewey Decibel, the monthly podcast of American Libraries magazine.

In early 2017 dozens of A1 Sauce bottles began mysteriously appearing in the stacks at Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio. In this special Halloween episode, American Libraries travels to the quiet town to investigate. The story weaves a tale of mystery, intrigue, and steak sauce.

Nationwide library internship program to hold commencement program in Chicago

CHICAGO – Demonstrating the commitment of public libraries to equity, diversity and inclusion, the Public Library Association (PLA) provided a group of 53 high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds with summer jobs with competitive wages at 39 host libraries.

Sarah Jessica Parker selects Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” for ALA Book Club Central’s fall pick

CHICAGO – The latest American Library Association (ALA) Book Club Central SJP pick, chosen by Honorary Book Club Central Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, is “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid, published by Riverhead/an imprint of Penguin Random House. “Exit West” has been shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, longlisted for the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and is a finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize.

Public libraries highlight cyber security awareness in October

CHICAGO – Earlier this month the credit reporting agency Equifax disclosed that they had suffered a cyber-attack that endangered the personal information of 143 million U.S. users. Even before the Equifax hack, 64 percent of Americans had been personally affected by a major data breach or data theft incident, according to a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center.

Get ready to celebrate International Games Week 2017 – October 29 – November 4, 2017

Due to ever-increasing demand, International Games Day became International Games Week in 2017! This week-long event is now more flexible and supports gaming across the spectrum of libraries. This year’s event will take place during the week of October 29th through November 4th.

ALA appoints Jessica Hughes ASCLA/RUSA executive director

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has appointed Jessica Hughes executive director of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), divisions of ALA. She will start Oct. 9.

Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA apoyará iniciativas de reconstrucción de bibliotecas en islas del Caribe, México y Puerto Rico

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CHICAGO – La Asociación de Bibliotecas de los Estados Unidos (ALA) y la comunidad de bibliotecas están apoyando iniciativas de respuesta y recuperación de las bibliotecas afectadas por el huracán María, y el reciente terremoto en México con el Fondo de ayuda para casos de desastre de ALA (ALA Disaster Relief Fund).   

ALA Disaster Relief Fund to support Caribbean islands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, library rebuilding efforts

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CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the library community are supporting response and recovery efforts for libraries damaged by Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquake in Mexico through the ALA Disaster Relief Fund.   

Library staff gather virtually for discussion of national opioid crisis

CHICAGO -- From discarded needles in outdoor spaces to overdoses in bathrooms, public libraries in communities of all sizes are acutely impacted by the dramatic rise in opioid abuse. More than two million people in the U.S. are estimated to be dependent on prescription opioids or heroin, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years of age.