ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA)

Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions during – and looking beyond -- COVID-19

CHICAGO – As the nation prepares to celebrate National Library Workers Day, April 6, 2021, library staff are playing an invaluable role in supporting their communities during a crucial time in the COVID-19 crisis. But they are also diligently working to prepare beyond the pandemic now that vaccinations are available and restrictions on in-person gathering are being lifted.

Nation to celebrate library workers’ contributions, April 6, 2021

CHICAGO - Library staff play an invaluable role in supporting their communities both in person and virtually as the world continues to fight COVID-19. In times of crisis, libraries of all types and their workers serve millions of library users in need of free access to WiFi, eBooks, accurate information, and digital social services.

On National Library Workers Day, ALA Executive Board reaffirms need to protect safety and well-being of library workers during COVID-19 pandemic

CHICAGO – Today, in honor of National Library Workers Day, a celebration during National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board issued the following statement:

"The American Library Association stands in solidarity and support of library workers. As we said last month when we recommended and urged all libraries to close to the public, ‘The health of our library workers and the communities we serve is of utmost and equal importance.’

ALA president to host Cooking Stage demo during ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

CHICAGO — The life of a library worker can be stressful, with demanding professional and personal schedules that can invite poor health. During the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will lead a cooking demo from 10 – 10:45 a.m., on Saturday, June 22, at the Cooking Stage on the Exhibits Floor.   

ALA President unveils enriched ALA-APA Workplace Wellness website

CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Loida Garcia-Febo and members of the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee announce the relaunch of ALA-Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Workplace Wellness website. The site now includes additional health resources that benefit library workers in all types of working environments. The website reboot is part of Garcia-Febo’s commitment to support staff wellness and is made possible by the ALA Workplace Wellness Advisory Committee.

Nation to recognize contributions of library workers April 10, 2018

CHICAGO – Today’s library workers play a critical role in meeting the needs of the communities they serve, from offering social service support and health services to career and small business development assistance and tools to help combat fake news. April 10 is National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library professionals for their expertise and leadership skills in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning.

Statement from American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro

 CHICAGO- American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement regarding the lock-out of  Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn faculty, which includes university librarians. 

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

Celebrate National Library Workers Day (#nlwd15)

CHICAGO —  National Library Workers Day (NLWD), is Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established this special day in 2003.

ALA-APA recognizes University of Maine at Augusta graduates

CHICAGO The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed an agreement with the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) that will allow its graduates who meet the established criteria from their Library and Information Services Program to receive the Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS) designation.