Cambria County Library workforce development program captures interest of national library leaders, State Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr.

CHICAGO – On Monday, July 27, at 2:00 ET, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., and State Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to Cambria County Library in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where they will discuss the library’s partnership with the state of Pennsylvania in hosting PA CareerLink®, the commonwealth’s job-matching program.

Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program returns Sept. 14-28 with an epic saga

CHICAGO – The Libraries Transform Book Pick will return Sept. 14-28, 2020 with its second ebook selection: Lauren Francis-Sharma’s “Book of the Little Axe,” published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. During the lending period, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available without waitlists or holds through U.S. public libraries using OverDrive. Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook.

DC’s Wonder Woman stars in new Library Card Sign-up Month artwork

CHICAGO – As Honorary Chair of this year’s Library Card Sign-up Month, DC’s Wonder Woman is starring in new artwork to champion the value of a library card. The free artwork includes a suite of digital graphics and customizable library cards.

YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium to be held virtually

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s Board of Directors has announced that YALSA’s 2020 YA Services Symposium will be held virtually November 6-8, 2020 in lieu of the originally planned in-person event in Reno, NV.

GLBT Book Month™ given new name

CHICAGO –  Formerly known as GLBT Book Month™, the American Library Association (ALA) will now observe the month of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender and asexual community.

DC’s Wonder Woman to lasso up Library Card Sign-up Month 2020

CHICAGO – This September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission with the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair.

Olympic medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani to serve as 2020 National Library Week honorary chairs

CHICAGO—Authors and Olympic ice dancing medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani will promote the value of libraries as honorary chairs of National Library Week, April 19—25, 2020. The Shibutanis will shine a spotlight on our nation’s libraries, librarians and library workers, all of which transform communities and improve lives through access to information, education and technology.

Emily Drabinski, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich to deliver keynotes at the Exchange Virtual Forum

CHICAGO—The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) have announced that Emily Drabinski and Rebekkah Smith Aldrich will deliver keynote addresses at the Exchange Virtual Forum. The theme for the Exchange is "Building the Future Together,” and it will take place on the afternoons of May 4, 6 and 8.

LLAMA webinar explores message dissemination during a crisis

CHICAGO — Libraries are public places open to all. Unfortunately, in today’s society this means library leaders and their communications and marketing teams need to be prepared to react to violence and other disruptive events in libraries in order to protect their public image and brand. Faced with a 24-hour news cycle world, Libraries must be ready to communicate quickly about any crisis impacting their reputation. It is essential that communications are handled effectively during and in the aftermath of a crisis.

Imani Perry to keynote 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration

CHICAGO – Professor and author Imani Perry will deliver the keynote address at the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Observance and Sunrise Celebration during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits in Philadelphia. The 2020 Celebration will be held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace II Ballroom.