American Library Association

ALA to host FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, highlight digital equity at Annual Conference

Washington, D.C. – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will be a featured speaker during the ALA Annual Conference Opening General Session in Chicago on Friday, June 23, at 4:00 p.m. Central.

Chairwoman Rosenworcel, who has served as a commissioner since 2012, will share new ways the FCC is partnering with libraries and schools to advance digital equity in communities and highlight the vital role of libraries in ensuring access to information.

American Library Association Welcomes White House Actions to Address Book Bans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the Biden-Harris Administration’s steps announced today to address the rise in book bans and other attacks on LGBTQIA+ Americans.

ALA Releases Libraries Build Business Communications Toolkit for Library Workers

WASHINGTON, DC—Today the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Policy & Advocacy office (PPA), in partnership with Co/lab Capacity, released the Libraries Build Business Communications Toolkit.

ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada to host Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner, and author Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at the ALA President's Program

CHICAGO – The American Library Association has announced that ALA President Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada will host award-winning filmmaker and author Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition ALA President’s Program, June 22-27, 2023 in Chicago. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

#1 Bestselling author, poet, and advocate Amanda Gorman and award-winning artist Christian Robinson to close ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago

CHICAGO – The American Library Association today announced that presidential inaugural poet and #1 New York Times bestselling author Amanda Gorman and Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Christian Robinson will close the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, 2023, in Chicago. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Bestselling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and acclaimed Maysoon Zayid presenting at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO – The American Library Association announced that best-selling children’s book authors Cara Mentzel and Idina Menzel, and actress, writer, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid will present at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, 2023, in Chicago.  Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

ALA, AASL praise library legislation to expand access for students nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the American Library Association (ALA) and its division, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), welcomed the bicameral introduction of the Right to Read Act by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ-03).

ALA welcomes Prison Libraries Act of 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association praised the Prison Libraries Act, introduced today by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO-5th), along with co-leads Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18th) and Rep. Shontel Brown (D-OH-11th), and 25 cosponsors. The bill would establish a grant program within the Department of Justice to provide library services to incarcerated individuals to advance reintegration efforts, reduce recidivism and increase educational opportunities.