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2024 Schneider Family Book Awards recipients named

BALTIMORE – “Henry, Like Always,” “The Fire, the Water, and Maudie McGinn” and “Forever is Now” are the three winners of the 2024 Schneider Family Book Awards, which honor an author or illustrator for the artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences. The award winners were announced today during the American Library Association’s LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience held Jan. 19-22 in Baltimore. 

ALA announces slate of petition council candidates for 2024 election

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 2024 ALA Election: 


Mario Gonzalez  

Executive Director 

ALA Nominating Committee announces councilors-at-large candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the names of the 18 candidates who are running for a total of 12 at-large seats on the ALA Council to serve the 2024-2027 term.

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

Caroline Akervik
Library Media Coordinator
Eau Claire, WI

Helmick, Pun Seek American Library Association Presidency for 2025-26 Term

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Nominating Committee has selected two nominees to run for ALA president in the upcoming election. The candidates running for the 2025-26 term are Sam Helmick, Community & Access Services Coordinator at Iowa City Public Library, and Raymond Pun, Academic and Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education in California.

ALA Nominating Committee seeks ALA President-elect & ALA Councilor at Large candidates for 2024 election

The American Library Association (ALA) thrives thanks to the energy, diversity, and commitment of its members and leaders. The Nominating Committee encourages members to consider serving the association in various leadership positions. The association should reflect the diversity of our membership, including diverse experiences, races, genders, ethnicities, and both new and experienced members. Currently, the Nominating Committee for the 2024 ALA election is seeking nominees for the positions of ALA president-elect and councilor-at-large on the 2024 spring ballot.

Lappin and Schneider appointed to ALA Executive Board

Amy Lappin and Karen Schneider have been appointed by the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board to fill two newly created vacant seats on the board. The vacant seats were formed upon adoption of the recently revised ALA Bylaws, which allows the executive board to comprise itself of 15 members (previously 13) as stipulated in bylaws Article V, Section 1. Lappin and Schneider will each serve two-year terms beginning July 2023 and concluding June 2025 in alignment with the board approved staggering sequence established for board continuity.

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.