AL Direct: not just for members anymore

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546


For Immediate Release

October 21, 2008

CHICAGO – In an interview that can be found at
Visibility @ your library, George Eberhart, editor of
American Libraries Direct, discusses the decision to make
AL Direct, the weekly e-newsletter of
American Libraries magazine, available to anyone who wants to sign up for it, not just ALA members.

The sign-up form, as well as the FAQ, is at

American Libraries has also launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop, Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways. Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.

Login is no longer required to view the current issue of the
American Libraries print magazine online (in PDF format), or to view the archives, which date back to the January 2003 issue. Go directly to

First-time viewers will need to install the ebrary reader to view issues. To download, go to Firefox 3 users installing the reader for the first time will need a workaround,, to make the ebrary reader work with their browser.

Visibility @ your library provides librarians and library supporters with news and information about important communications issues from ALA’s Public Information Office and the Campaign for America’s Libraries.