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Raymond Pun, Academic and Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California has been elected 2024-2025 president-elect of the American Library Association.

ALA reports record number of demands to censor library books and materials in 2023, finding that challenges of unique titles surged 65% in 2023 compared to 2022 numbers.

Read the 2024 State of America's Libraries Report, including the list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2023.

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ALA's key mission areas: Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and Literacy

The ALA Mission

The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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ALA is the largest membership association in the library industry. It's a community of people working together to ensure that libraries remain vital centers of literacy, access, and opportunity.

By giving to ALA, you are helping us improve library and information services and the profession of librarianship to ensure access to information for all.

Fight Censorship: Take Action Against Book Bans

Book Résumés help librarians, parents, and community members defend books from censorship. They detail each title’s significance and educational value and are easy to share with administrators, review committees, and elected officials.

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Every year, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools.

See the list.

Your front line reports help ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom to stay on top of trends and supply library workers with resources to combat censorship. You can also help get the word out and encourage reporting of book censorship.

Report a challenge.

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Programming Resources

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office empowers libraries to create vibrant hubs of learning and connection in communities of all types.

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ALA's Programming Librarian website is a place for library professionals to share, learn, and be inspired to present excellent programming for their communities.

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News and Press Center

For more than 140 years, the American Library Association has been the trusted voice for all libraries, advocating for the profession and the library's role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all.

Contact the ALA Communications, Marketing, and Media Relations team to learn more about ALA positions and actions and get comprehensive insights into key issues facing libraries nationwide.

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ALA Connect

Discussion boards and shared libraries provide collaboration tools connecting more than 50,000 library professionals with a wide variety of interests and specialization is the place to share ideas and make new connections with library workers across the globe.

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A nationwide celebration of books that reflect the experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual

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Trustees will learn the basics of intellectual freedom related to their role, and how First Amendment rights are related

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eLearning

Welcome to ALA eLearning, the leading global content provider of courses, webinars, and customized eLearning content for library and information workers in all types of libraries and related organizations. Designed to meet your evolving learning needs, ALA eLearning brings together content from every office and division of ALA in one place. New events are added all the time; search and browse for fee-based eCourses and webinars as well as free events. Come learn with ALA and its divisions and offices!

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Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

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ALA Awards

The ALA Awards program celebrates excellence in literature and media across a comprehensive and diverse array of categories. From captivating storytelling to groundbreaking research, the ALA Awards program showcases the best in literature and media.

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ALA Professional Recognition Awards honor individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the advancement of library science and services, from excellence in leadership to innovative initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion within library spaces.

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ALA Grants

ALA Grants invest in the future of libraries and librarianship through the funding of programming, research, and professional development. Grants may be offered to support the planning and implementation of programs, to promote research in library and information sciences, to assist with conference and travel fees, and more.

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ALA Scholarships

The American Library Association (ALA) is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this commitment, the ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study in a master's degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program, or for a master's degree with a specialty in school librarianship that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a CAEP-accredited unit.

The scholarship process is open annually from September 1st - March 1st. Applications and reference forms (which must be submitted on-line) are available during that time period. Instructions and general information remain available year round.

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A 12-month book log and undated planner with weekly reads, book trackers, and more. Track your progress, discover new stories, and inspire a year of reading with the ALA's undated reading challenge planner.

Award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, author and philanthropist Dolly Parton has sold more than 100 million records worldwide but counts her Imagination Library initiative as one of her greatest achievements.

Complete with step-by-step instructions, this book will walk you through planning, organizing, and running sustainable living programs at your library.

This plush pullover is perfect for the gym, errands, or kicking around the house. Free people read freely – it really is that simple, and this message is more important than ever. Find shirts, hats, and much more at the ALA Graphics Gift Shop!