CHICAGO - Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years.
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. The ALA is accepting nominations now through Sept. 19 at www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian.
CHICAGO — With its strong, clear and consistent messaging and versatile tools, the American Library Association’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age.
Since its rollout in 2015, the list of libraries that have adopted the campaign has been steadily building, with more than 2,700 libraries joining the effort.
CHICAGO — In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.
The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.
CHICAGO – Looking for a new way to promote Library Card Sign-up Month to your community? Join Jeff Julian, director of the American Library Association's (ALA) Public Awareness Office, and Megan McFarlane, Libraries Transform coordinator, for a free webinar to learn about this year’s Library Card Sign-up Month honorary spokesdog, Snoopy, with tips for running a successful public awareness campaign.
NEW YORK - Penguin Random House, which is partnering with the American Library Association (ALA) for this year’s National Readathon Day, announced today that readers everywhere will be able to contribute to #Readathon2016, which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, through its newly launched Donate campaign on Fa
April 29, Chicago, IL — After many hours of deliberation – made especially challenging by the high quality of the dozens of entries in this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards – the judges announced the eight winners of this year’s contest. E
CHICAGO — On Sunday, June 26 New York Times best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will sign copies of his latest book at the Preservation Week booth at 1 p.m. Meltzer is the 2016 Preservation Week Honorary Chair and will be an Auditorium Speaker at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.
CHICAGO – Libraries from Maine to Hawaii will offer activities to teach members of their communities how to sharpen their financial decision-making skills during “Money Smart Week, April 23-30, 2016.
We can all improve our money management skills. But where can we discover the resources to learn how to secure our financial future? How can we be sure we are relying on trusted sources of information? And how much will we have to spend on financial planners? The answers are as close as your local library – and they are available free of charge.
CHICAGO – Libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. With communities still recovering from the Great Recession, academic, school and public libraries continue to transform and shift resources and services to meet the needs of tech-savvy patrons.
This and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALA’s 2016 State of America’s Libraries report, released today in recognition of National Library Week, April 10 – 16, 2016.