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Dolly Parton Awarded Honorary Membership in the American Library Association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is set to confer an honorary lifetime membership upon award-winning singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman and philanthropist Dolly Parton for her longstanding support and commitment to inspiring a love of books and reading. Recommended by the ALA Executive Board and elected by the ALA Council, honorary membership is the highest honor given by the Association and conferred upon a living person whose outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on librarianship, libraries, and the communities they serve.

ALA seeks applicants for Endowment Fund Trustee opening

Applications are now being accepted for one expiring term on the ALA Endowment Trustees committee. All applicants will be required to submit an electronic application, as well as upload a CV and three references.  Click to preview the application.

American Library Association Condemns Ongoing Threats Against Libraries

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) condemns—in the strongest terms possible—the violence, threats of violence and other acts of intimidation that are increasingly taking place in America’s libraries, including last week’s bomb threats to Hilton Central District Schools in New York, which put the lives of hundreds of innocent children and staff members in jeopardy.

American Library Association Council elects three members to Executive Board

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Council has elected Stephanie Chase, Sophia Sotilleo and Steven Yates to serve on the ALA Executive Board. The Executive Board election took place during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience. Elected board members will begin a three-year term beginning in July 2023 and concluding in June 2026.

ALA announces slate of petition council candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announces that the following individuals have filed petitions for the Councilor-at-Large position on the ALA Council for the 2023 ALA Election:

ALA Nominating Committee announces councilors-at-large candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the names of the 61 candidates who are running for a total of 40 at-large seats on the ALA Council. That number includes 32 councilor-at-large seats for the 2023-2026 term, two councilor at-large seats to serve until 2025, five councilor at-large seats to serve until 2024, and one councilor at-large seat to serve until 2023.

The following candidates were accepted by the Nominating Committee (listed alphabetically by last name):


Richard E. Ashby, Jr.

Hohl, Suess Seek American Library Association Presidency for 2024-25 Term

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Nominating Committee has selected two nominees to contend in the upcoming election for ALA president. The candidates vying for the 2024-25 term are Cindy Hohl, director of policy analysis and operational support at Kansas City Public Library (Missouri), and Eric D. Suess, director of Marshall Public Library (Idaho).

American Library Association to Host Inaugural Governance Institute at 2023 LibLearnX

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will host its first-ever ALA Governance Institute during the 2023 LibLearnX (LLX) in New Orleans, La. Held on Friday, January 27 from 8 a.m. to noon, this new program will provide insights into critical issues related to effective governance, beginning with a focus on strategic communications and financial analysis and stewardship in workshops available exclusively to LLX registrants.

Run for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large by petition

ALA members may run for ALA office by petition for the position of ALA President-elect or ALA Councilor at Large. Individuals who are interested in running by petition or were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by filing an electronic petition. The ALA Nominating Committee will begin notifying nominated candidates by the end of October 2022.

Members who are interested in running by petition may do so by completing an e-petition form:

American Library Association (ALA) Condemns Proposed State Legislation Limiting Access to Information on Reproductive Health

The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) issued the following statement in response to proposed state legislation that would censor library materials or put at risk library workers who provide access to information, including information on abortion or any aspect of reproductive health care.