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More than half of 2023's most challenged books have LGBTQ themes

The number of books challenged in libraries across the U.S. in 2023 spiked 65% over the previous year, according to the American Library Association.

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Strengthening library ecosystems using One Voice

CHICAGO — A patron of one library is the potential patron of any other library at a different time of life or location. And though each library serves its own unique community, when different kinds of libraries speak together with one voice, the entire...

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Madison Leigh Comer Awarded the 2024 Core Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship

CHICAGO--Madison Leigh Comer has been selected to receive the 2024 Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library and Information Technology ($3,000), sponsored by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and Baker & Taylor. This scholarship is for...

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ALSC releases 2024 Summer Reading Lists and New Gardening & Flora List

Just in time for summer, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), has released two recommended reading resources for kids: 2024 Summer Reading Lists and the Gardening & Flora Booklist.

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Ten AASL Members Receive Jewish American Heritage Month Collection Development Grants

CHICAGO—Ten American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members have been awarded $500 collection development grants. Generously sponsored by The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, the grants allow recipients to create or expand...

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An updated toolkit for winning grants

CHICAGO — Newly updated and comprehensive, the third edition of “ Winning Grants,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a must-have for library directors, grant writers, board members, consultants, and anyone navigating the intricacies of library grant...

American Library Association welcomes FCC cybersecurity funding pilot for libraries, calls for long-term funding

The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch a pilot program for public libraries and schools to purchase advanced cybersecurity tools.

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A workbook for navigating intellectual freedom challenges

CHICAGO — Whether a book challenge is upon you, on the horizon, in your rearview mirror, or not yet in sight, now is the time to start envisioning what a challenge-ready team looks like in your organization. “ Prepared Libraries, Empowered Teams: A...

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Core President's Program features Jay Ellis

Join Core on Saturday, June 29, during ALA Annual 2024 in San Diego, for the Core President's Program featuring actor and Insecure star Jay Ellis. He will be discussing his new memoir, Did Everyone Have an Imaginary Friend (Or Just Me)?

Tom C. Clark High School Awarded ALA’s 2024 Jaffarian Award for Freedom Walk Program

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2024 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award to Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas for its Freedom Walk program. The $5,000 Jaffarian Award, supported by ALA’s Cultural...

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RUSA Model Interlibrary Loan License Clause (2024)

The revised RUSA Model Interlibrary Loan License Clause (2024) has been approved and is now available for use. The model license clause was created in 2016 to advocate for more standardized and permissive language. It has been updated to include a new...

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Acclaimed poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib to headline second annual Rally for the Right to Read

The American Library Association (ALA) and Unite Against Book Bans will host a second annual Rally for the Right to Read: Voters Unite Against Book Bans at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Friday, June 28, 2024.

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Meet the 2024 Class of Emerging Leaders at a Poster Session during ALA Annual Conference

The Emerging Leaders’ program facilitators are excited and pleased to invite attendees of the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2024 Annual Conference to meet the 2024 class of Emerging Leaders (EL) at a celebratory poster session Friday, June 28, 2024...

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American Library Association President Emily Drabinski to embark on cross country library tour

American Library Association President Emily Drabinski will tour the country this June to highlight the contributions of American libraries to their communities.

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American Library Association to host Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 27-July 2 in San Diego, CA

Featured speakers include Trevor Noah, Taraji P. Henson, Ali Velshi, Max Greenfield and other high-profile authors and advocates.

ALA awards $10,000 grants to 16 libraries serving incarcerated persons or assisting those re-entering society to build capacity

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced $10,000 Building Library Capacity Grants to 16 libraries across the country serving incarcerated persons or assisting those re-entering society.