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ALA welcomes new Penguin pilot library lending program

ANAHEIM, Calif.  — On the first day of the largest library conference in the world, the American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the announcement from Penguin Group USA that it will re-enter the library e-book lending market with a pilot in New York City.  ALA President Molly Raphael today released the following statement.

'Empowering Diverse Voices' webinar shares diverse perspectives on library leadership

CHICAGO — The intersection of diversity and leadership will be the focus of a free webinar, “Perspectives on Leadership,” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday June 12, 2012.

Part of ALA President Molly Raphael’s “Empowering Diverse Voices” diversity leadership initiative, this free webinar will feature a panel of diverse leaders exploring the implications of diversity on leadership.  

Association Options Fair provides opportunities to engage

CHICAGO — The Association Options Fair, held from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Sunday June 24 in the Anaheim (Calif.) Marriott Salons E and F, will provide opportunities for attendees to engage with leaders from throughout the association and profession.   All 2012 ALA Annual Conference attendees are invited to attend.

Stripling wins 2013-14 ALA presidency

CHICAGO — Barbara K. Stripling, assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., has been elected to the 2013-14 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).

Stripling defeated Gina J. Millsap, chief executive officer of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka, Kan.

Stripling received 6,272 votes, while Millsap received 4,486 votes.

American Library Association urges library advocates to oppose cybersecurity bill CISPA

Washington, D.C. — Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association (ALA), urged several hundred library advocates today to petition their elected officials to oppose H.R. 3523, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Raphael made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the organization’s 2012 National Library Legislative Day, an event where library supporters gather in Washington, D.C. to encourage lawmakers to pass federal legislation vital to the country's libraries.

ALA President Molly Raphael speaks up for Dallas libraries

DALLAS - America’s libraries are stretching their resources to their limit in the face of extraordinary budgetary challenges. This is especially true of the Dallas public library system, which has made the most of its dwindling funds. In this opinion piece, ALA President Molly Raphael urges Dallas officials to support their public library system. From Jan. 20-24, the American Library Association is holding its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

By Molly Raphael