ALA Executive Board stands with BCALA in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color

CHICAGO  — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) in condemning violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color.

ALA Executive Board stands with APALA in condemning xenophobia, racism

CHICAGO — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) stands with the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) in condemning xenophobia and racism.

The ALA Executive Board endorses APALA’s March 13 statement, in which it “unequivocally denounce[d] the rise in racism and xenophobia against Asians and Asian/Pacific Americans in wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 (caused by the novel coronavirus)."

Tuliao to run 125 miles in support of Spectrum and in honor of NYPL anniversary

CHICAGO — As The New York Public Library (NYPL) celebrates 125 years, Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will run 125 miles during the month of June to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Her run will honor 125 current and former NYPLers who have dedicated their lives in service to New York City and communities all across North America.These inspiring, indefatigable library veterans include adult, children’s and teen specialists, managers, technical and reference services staff, readers’ advisors, programmers, and directors.

GLBT Book Month™ given new name

CHICAGO –  Formerly known as GLBT Book Month™, the American Library Association (ALA) will now observe the month of June as Rainbow Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, genderqueer, queer, intersex, agender and asexual community.

2020 Over the Rainbow Book List features 70 titles for adult readers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Over the Rainbow Book List Committee of the American Library Association's Rainbow Roundtable (RRT) gave careful consideration to 324 books this year, 152 fiction and 172 nonfiction. Choosing 32 fiction titles and 38 nonfiction titles to make up the complete 2020 Over the Rainbow Book List, the committee was thrilled by the continued expansion of queer publishing, the depth of substantial topics covered, and the number of quality books from all over the genre spectrum. No longer is the focus solely upon stories of tragedy, but rather about lives filled with joy.

Libraries Ready to Code Opens Call for Applications: Mini-Grants for Digital Skills Programs

In advance of Digital Learning Day, ALA is opening a call for applications for $700 mini-grants to school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s Applied Digital Skills resources.

ALA seeks proposals for 2020-2021 Diversity Research Grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach issues within library and information science. Proposals are due by midnight Pacific time on April 15, 2020.

15 library students & professionals awarded 75th-Anniversary Scholarships to attend PLA 2020 Conference

CHICAGO – Today, the Public Library Association's (PLA) unveiled the winners of its 75th Anniversary Scholarships. To celebrate PLA's 75th Anniversary and encourage equity, diversity and inclusion in library leadership, PLA sponsored scholarships for 15 members to attend the PLA 2020 Conference, Feb.

PLA to host free "office hours" webinar for prospective Inclusive Internship host libraries

CHICAGO –The Public Library Association's (PLA) Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project.