American Library Association adds LiteracyNation, Inc. to professional affiliate roster

For Immediate Release
Mon, 03/06/2023


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer

Governance Office

CHICAGO – The American Library Association is pleased to announce that the ALA Council approved LiteracyNation, Inc. as an affiliate. The action took place Jan. 29 during LibLearnX: The Library Experience in New Orleans. In 2022, the ALA Executive Board vetted the application to ensure LiteracyNation’s mission and bylaws aligned with ALA.

“The importance and significance of LiteracyNation joining ALA as an affiliate is that LiteracyNation will enhance learning and promote library services and ALA membership by introducing a diverse population of vetted self-published authors to library members within various communities,” said Richard E. Ashby Jr., president and co-founder. “With literacy and justice for all."

LiteracyNation’s purpose is to advance and advocate for diversity and inclusion in books and digital resources in libraries, specifically those written by groups that are underrepresented by mainstream publishing houses and libraries.

The organization has more than 2100 members.

Additional information regarding ALA Affiliates and affiliation criteria is available at


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