ALA 2003-2004 annual report available online

Contact: Kathy Mirkin
Public Information Office
312-280-5044

kmirkin@ala.org

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2005

ALA 2003-2004 annual report available online

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) has posted on its Web site (
www.ala.org) its online annual report for 2003-2004, covering the year's conferences, partnerships, programs, issues, highlights and more.

"During the past year, ALA took some significant steps forward in increasing advocacy for libraries and librarianship," said ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels. "We have actively championed libraries of all types in the face of financial challenges and threats to access, while continuing to strengthen ALA's technologies, ongoing education and service to our members.

"This annual report highlights some of the major achievements of 2003-2004 and shows what more than 64,000 members can accomplish when they work together," Fiels added.

The online edition of the annual report follows ALA's fiscal year 2003-2004, from September 1, 2003 to August 31, 2004. The Web-based format allows expanded coverage of ALA and provides extensive information about the year's conferences and workshops, programs and partners, and awards and honors, including winners of the 2004 Youth Media Awards.
Other sections present key financial information, the year in review, publishing, highlights from the Washington Office, ALA's organizational structure and leadership, and an appreciation section focusing on Library Champions, supporters, donors, funders and partners.

This is the fourth year the annual report has been available on the Web. It may be found at

www.ala.org/annualreport .

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

For more information, contact Kathy Mirkin, Public Information Office, 800-545-2433, extension 5044,
kmirkin@ala.org.