New & improved makes its debut

Contact: Marci Merola


Office for Library Advocacy

American Library Association

50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 280-2431; (800) 545-2433, ext. 2431


For Immediate Release

May 15, 2009

CHICAGO-, the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Web site for the public, has been updated to make it easier than ever to show your love of libraries. The site continues to feature news about libraries from around the country, with a focus on particular services and collections from all types of libraries.

Improvements include an updated look and information about library issues in an expanded “Get Informed” section. “Share” links will let readers post their favorite stories to Facebook, My Space, blogs and other social networking applications.

Other features include a YouTube feed highlighting library-related videos. Advocacy software will allow users to share their library stories, connect with other library lovers and contact Congress about library issues.

An initiative of 2006-2007 ALA President Leslie Burger,, which launched at the ALA 2007 Annual Conference, was designed to keep America informed about what's happening in today's libraries, focusing on public, school, academic, corporate and institutional settings. is an initiative of the

American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world, with members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. ALA is an organization more than 66,000 members strong that seeks 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.