ALA Virtual Event

ALA launches resources for libraries to apply for $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund

WASHINGTON – To help libraries take advantage of the new $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program, the American Library Association (ALA) has created the

2022-23 ALA President Lessa Pelayo-Lozada to moderate United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle Reference Solutions, at ALA Annual

EXTON, Pennsylvania — Lauren Groff, Jeffrey Archer, Josh Ritter, Courttia Newland, and Ryka Aoki will be the featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle Reference Solutions, at 12:15 p.m. CT Thursday, June 24 at the 2021 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibitions (Virtual).

United for Libraries’ June 29 Learning Live session to be presented during ALA Annual Virtual Conference

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries’ monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue with “Gift Acceptance Policies Part 1: When "Free" Isn't Free” at 11 a.m. Central on Tuesday, June 29. Featured presenters will include Charity Tyler, executive director at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library Foundation, and Clare D. Membiela, library law consultant at Library of Michigan.

2021 Schneider Book Award Virtual Celebration registration open

CHICAGO - The American Library Association and the Schneider Family Book Award Committee cordially invite you to attend the 2021 Schneider Book Award Virtual Celebration at 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, June 27, 2021. This Zoom event is free but requires registration before June 26, 2021. 

AASL President’s Program Panel Discusses the Power of Words

CHICAGO – Best-selling author Nic Stone and Cicely Lewis, founder of Read Woke, will join AASL President Kathy Carroll to discuss the need for diverse collections and authentic student inquiry in school libraries during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President’s Program during the 2021 ALA Annual Conference. The full AASL schedule of events can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

2021 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2021 ALA Annual Virtual Conference. Hosted by ACRL President Jon E. Cawthorne, this program will take place from 2:15 - 3:15 pm CST on Thursday, June 24, 2021, live during the conference.

Longlist for 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 46 books (26 fiction, 20 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on November 17, 2020.

Mario M. González, Rhea B. Lawson selected to serve as ALA Endowment Fund Trustees

CHICAGO – Mario M. González, Director of the Passaic (NJ) Public Library and Rhea B. Lawson, Director of the Houston Public Library, have been selected to serve as the American Library Association’s (ALA) newest Endowment Trustees.  The ALA Executive Board made these selections during their meeting at the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference at June 30, 2020. The three-year terms of these newly selected trustees will begin immediately.

ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection brings library community together

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s first-ever virtual conference attracted 7,349 attendees and 651 exhibitors.

Created following ALA’s difficult decision to cancel its 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection, held June 24-26, 2020, provided a virtual space where librarians and library workers could remain connected during this time of change.