American Library Association cancels 2020 Annual Conference due to COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Executive Board announced today that the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago has been canceled. 

“ALA’s priority is the health and safety of the library community, including our members, staff, supporters, vendors and volunteers,” said Wanda K. Brown, ALA president. “As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it’s become clear that in the face of an unprecedented situation, we need to make tough choices.” 

AASL hosts town hall to build community during pandemic

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, March 24, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will host a town hall to give school library professionals the opportunity to gather as a community and discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners. All are welcome to participate in the AASL Town Hall: The Show Must Go On(line) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Central.

Booklist announces free online access for all

CHICAGO — As of today, all Booklist and Book Links content on is freely available until further notice.

ALA welcomes Penguin Random House’s expanded library access to e-books and audiobooks

Publisher adjusts pricing model for digital content sales to libraries

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Library Association (ALA) welcomes the decision by Penguin Random House (PRH) to add new temporary pricing options for digital content purchased by school and public libraries. 

ALA Executive Board recommends closing libraries to public

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board released the following statement in support of libraries and library workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

ALA Executive Director Tracie Hall releases statement on COVID-19

CHICAGO –American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie Hall released the following statement regarding COVID-19:

The American Library Association is committed to supporting its members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times.