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ALA Nominating Committee seeks candidates for 2022 election

CHICAGO — The Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2022 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, treasurer, and councilor-at-large.

The Nominating Committee will select candidates to run for president-elect and treasurer and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large council seats to be filled in the 2022 spring election.

The president-elect will serve a three-year term: as president-elect in 2022-23, as president in 2023-24, and as immediate past president in 2024-25.

Pelayo-Lozada wins 2022-2023 ALA presidency

CHICAGO -  Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, adult services assistant manager, Palos Verdes Library District, Rolling Hills Estates, California has been elected 2021-2022 president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). Pelayo-Lozada is the first Emerging Leader to be elected ALA President; she was part of the 2011 class.

ALA announces $1.25M emergency fund for libraries impacted by COVID-19

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today it will make available $1.25M in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $30,000 to $50,000.

ALA Elections now open – cast your vote today!

CHICAGO -- American Library Association (ALA) election polls are now open!    ALA members are encouraged to cast a digital ballot to vote for association-wide leadership that will shape the future and direction of the association. ALA’s annual election will close on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. 

ALA forges new path with Midwinter Virtual

CHICAGO — The American Library Association hosted the 107th and final Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits online Jan. 22-26, 2021. The event attracted more than  7,100 participants.

The second ALA conference to be presented virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Midwinter Virtual connected librarians and library workers and offered inspiring educational sessions, featuring tools and best practices to navigate new paths in this time of uncertainty.

ALA condemns violence on Capitol Hill, calls for advocacy

WASHINGTON, DC — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) gives thanks for the safety of the staff in our Public Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington and ALA members who work on Capitol Hill, as well as for elected legislators, congressional staff and other government workers who put themselves in jeopardy to defend the seat of our federal government on January 6, 2021.  

ALA decries latest FCC failure on net neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) majority approved an order responding to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's remand in Mozilla v. FCC. The court ordered the FCC to address the impact of its Restoring Internet Freedom Order, particularly the Order’s reclassification of broadband Internet access service on three key issues: 1) public safety; 2) competitive access to pole attachments; and 3) support for the agency’s Lifeline program, which provides broadband subsidies for low-income Americans.

Four Projects Receive 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

Sept. 18, 2020 - the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are awarding four libraries with the 2020 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards for excellence in architectural design. Complete details for each project are available on AIA’s website.

Hawaii State Library to host library leaders, elected officials, for closing virtual celebration of national library tour

CHICAGO – On Friday, Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. HST (4:00 p.m. CDT), along with local library champions, American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will bring Holding Space: A national conversation series with libraries, to a close at the Hawai’i State Library. During the virtual celebration, Jefferson will talk with library professionals about the state’s thriving library ecosystem, thank some of Hawai'i's strongest champions, and hear from rising leaders about their vision for libraries.

Oakland Public Library children’s services capture interest of nation’s library leaders: 2020 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate finalists to perform

CHICAGO - On Friday, Aug. 7, at 12:30 p.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. CDT), American Library Association (ALA) President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will pay a virtual visit to the Oakland Public Library, in Oakland, California, to explore the library’s services for families and children. The virtual event, Listen to the Kids: Youth – and Family – Centered Practices at Oakland Public Library, is free and open to the public, with registration.