Public Awareness

Sen. Jon Tester receives American Library Association’s 2017 James Madison Award

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) is the 2017 recipient of the American Library Association's James Madison Award, the ALA's Washington Office announced today.

Presented annually near the anniversary of President Madison's birth, the award honors individuals or groups who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know. 

ALA strongly protests rollback of protections for our nation’s transgender students

CHICAGO  – Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement strongly protesting the rollback of protections for transgender students in our nation’s public schools.

ALA to launch Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is creating Book Club Central, a new online platform of reading resources, including recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Award-winning television and film actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is partnering with the ALA to serve as the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central.

ALA opposes new administration policies that contradict core values

CHICAGO — Today American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement responding to recent actions by the new administration and specifically addressing issues regarding access to information, discrimination and intellectual freedom.  

Soccer great Julie Foudy to serve as National Library Week Honorary Chair

ATLANTA – Gold medalist and World Cup champion Julie Foudy will help shine a spotlight on the value of all types of libraries as the 2017 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Today’s libraries are transforming lives and communities every day by providing patrons safe spaces to engage in civic discussions, tools to access and evaluate online news sources, services to meet the needs of a digitally evolving society and collaborating with teachers to foster student success.

AASL Celebrates 2017 School Library Month with spokesperson Andy Weir

CHICAGO – Andy Weir, author of the New York Times best-seller “The Martian,” will serve as the national spokesperson for the 2017 celebration of School Library Month (SLM). Observed in April and sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), School Library Month celebrates school libraries as approachable, equitable and personalized learning environments necessary for every student’s well-rounded education.

New Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2017

The Intellectual Freedom Blog has a new lineup of contributors for 2017. Founded in 2007, the blog has a history of top-notch, quality writers, and the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) plans to continue the tradition. The blog squad consists of several members that alternate responsibilities for creating blog content about censorship, privacy, internet filtering, labeling and many other intellectual freedom topics. 

ALA announces winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

Ten librarians chosen for prestigious national public service honor