Public Awareness

Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials Is Critical for Student Development & Well-being

National Coalition kicks off Banned Books Week with white paper on youth development and the freedom to read 

American Library Association Releases Preliminary Data on 2022 Book Bans

Total book challenges in 2022 set to exceed 2021 record

CHICAGO – Eight months into 2022, the number of attempts to ban or restrict library resources in schools, universities and public libraries, is on track to exceed record counts from 2021, according to preliminary data released today by the American Library Association (ALA) in advance of Banned Books Week (Sept. 18-24). 

Submissions Now Open for the 2023 John Cotton Dana Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the 2023 John Cotton Dana Award (JCD). The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to up to eight libraries. The $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and honors outstanding library public relations.

Ten Honorees Set to Receive Prestigious I Love My Librarian Award for Outstanding Public Service

CHICAGO — Today the American Library Association (ALA) announced 10 recipients of the coveted I Love My Librarian Award. Honorees are exceptional librarians from academic, public and school libraries who were nominated by patrons nationwide for their expertise, dedication and profound impact on the people in their communities.

Library, Archives Associations encourage member participation in National Day of Racial Healing

CHICAGO - On January 17, 2023, the seventh annual US National Day of Racial Healing, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) call upon our collective memberships—comprised of several hundred thousand archivists, librarians, and other information professionals, and thousands of libraries and archives of all kinds—to observe the day with reflection and action. Launched in 2017 by the W.K.

ALA unveils shortlist for 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

CHICAGO –Today, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the United States.

SustainRT Awards the 2022 Citation for Wellness in the Workplace to Health and Safety Department at Queens Public Library

SustainRT has awarded the 2022 Citation for Wellness in the Workplace to the Health and Safety Department at Queens Public Library for their commitment to promoting the physical and mental well-being of their library workers.  The library's program was designed to increase employee’s health awareness and focus on prevention of disease to sustain a healthier workforce.  By adding expertise from medical, health, and social care professionals to its staff, the department expanded programs with a focus on promoting mental health and wellness.

Nominate a stellar librarian for the national I Love My Librarian Award

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) invites library users nationwide to nominate their favorite librarians for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. The national award recognizes the outstanding public service contributions of librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations are accepted online now through Sept. 30, 2022.

2022 John Cotton Dana Awards Announced

The 2022 John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award winners, recognized for their strategic communications efforts, have been selected. The John Cotton Dana Awards provide up to eight grants for libraries that demonstrate outstanding library public relations. The award is managed by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Core Division and EBSCO Information Services and consists of $10,000 grants from the H.W.