American Libraries

Revamping Your Space—Creating a Modern Media Center: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO — In the August episode of AL Live, you’ll join the School Outfitters team and Sycamore Community (Ohio) School District leaders to discuss tips for creating a modern media center. They’ll show you how they’ve converted Sycamore High School’s library from an outdated, underused center with dusty shelves and heavy, bulky furniture to a modern media center that engages students. Working with a team of administrators as well as designers and architects, School Outfitters brought the space back to life.

Makerspaces: An American Libraries Live Interactive Webcast

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces are transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate and collaborate. But like any new initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of unique challenges. How do you get started? How can you work within your library’s staff and budget constraints? In the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will discuss these and other issues surrounding makerspaces in the library.

Library Marketing: A new American Libraries live webcast

CHICAGO — Marketing can be a daunting process for many librarians. New technologies offer diverse avenues for promoting library services, and commercial marketing methods have become expected for libraries, too. Where do you start? What’s the best way to allocate your staff and financial resources? How do you keep up with a constantly changing social media landscape? In the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will tackle these issues and address your concerns in real-time. 

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announces retirement

American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017.

Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.

Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for 10 years. He also served as president of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and staff consultant for the New York and New Jersey State Libraries.