For immediate release | September 13, 2016

American Libraries Live updates format

CHICAGO — ALA eLearning Solutions and American Libraries are adding some exciting updates to the popular monthly webcast American Libraries Live. AL Live has been helping to keep the library community up on the latest trends and discussions in our profession for more than three years, and to better serve our viewers, they are making some adjustments to the format.

Starting in September, AL Live will move from Google+ Hangouts to Cisco Webex. This will allow viewers to more easily register for events, receive event reminders, participate in live chat during the events and view event recordings. Webex will allow for a more technically reliable, user-friendly and accessible event.

The discussion-based, interactive panel format that has made AL Live so popular will remain. Each month, a group of experts and industry leaders will come together to discuss various topics that are crucial to today's librarian. Participants will be encouraged to participate in the discussion via live chat and Twitter, and will help to shape the direction of the conversation as it progresses.

The AL Live web page and archives will be switching from its current location at to a new space within the American Libraries site. When this new site is complete, this site will redirect to the new location.

Upcoming episodes this fall (click to register):

Intellectual Freedom and Internet Safety. Thursday, September 15th, 2-3pm Eastern

Diversity in Libraries. Thursday, October 20th, 2-3pm Eastern

A Plan for More Meaningful Work and Professional Fulfillment. Thursday, November 17th, 2-3pm Eastern

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions (ELS) produces high-quality professional development events and materials for the library profession. ELS events cover modern issues on a wide variety of topics in formats that include live workshops, asynchronous eCourses and print publications. They help ensure that today’s library employees have access to the professional development opportunities they need, whether they are brushing up on the basics or expanding their horizons with cutting-edge tools.

American Libraries is the flagship media of the American Library Association, and the voice of the profession.


Daniel Freeman


American Library Association

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions