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More than half of 2023's most challenged books have LGBTQ themes

The number of books challenged in libraries across the U.S. in 2023 spiked 65% over the previous year, according to the American Library Association.

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Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Organizing for Open; Aligning Organizational Structures with Open Values

CHICAGO—Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Organizing for Open; Aligning Organizational Structures with Open Values" on July 9, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Many academic libraries have a strong commitment to open scholarship articulated in strategic...

ALA announces state Intellectual Freedom Helpline program grants to support libraries addressing censorship attempts

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the launch of its state Intellectual Freedom Helpline program. Over the next two years, ten pilot program sites will operate a confidential reporting system that will help connect...

Robert Maxwell Awarded 2024 Margaret Mann Citation

CHICAGO—Robert L. Maxwell has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Margaret Mann Citation, sponsored by OCLC and Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Maxwell is currently Special Collections and Ancient Studies Catalog Librarian at the Brigham...

Book cover: The Readers' Advisory Guide to Street Literature

An updated guide to street lit and urban fiction

CHICAGO — Addressing with unflinching grit the concerns and problems of city living and survival in the United States, street lit encompasses some of the most in-demand titles in American public libraries’ collections. The thoroughly revised second...

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community

CHICAGO—Core hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: When the Tools are Broken; (Re)Building Community" on May 14, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Building toolboxes, refining skills, and developing frameworks are only a handful of methods library professionals are...

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table to celebrate John Steptoe New Talent Award Winners with virtual program

CHICAGO — The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table (CSKBART) invites the community to celebrate and recognize the 2024 Coretta Scott King Book Awards John Steptoe New Talent author and illustrator winners. The John Steptoe New Talent Award is...

Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction shows the text above the medals, which have a winged horse taking flight; its back hooves upon a rocking outcrop surrounded by waves and its front hooves in the air. Below the medals: A joint initiative of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Library Association.

ALA announces 2025 Carnegie Selection Committee

CHICAGO - The 2025 selection committee is already hard at work on choosing the longlist for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The 2025 committee includes the following experts who work closely with adult...

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Claudette McLinn elected 2024-2025 ALSC vice-president/president-elect

Claudette McLinn, EdD, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, Simi Valley, California, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). She will begin her term as president-elect in July 2024 and assume the presidency in July 2025 for a one-year term.

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The TRANSFORMERS Are Ready to Roll Out for Library Card Sign-Up Month

The American Library Association (ALA) is teaming up with Skybound Entertainment and Hasbro to encourage people to roll out to their libraries with the TRANSFORMERS franchise, featuring Optimus Prime, as part of Library Card Sign-Up Month in September.

Library shelves that need weeding

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding

Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Stewarding Relevance; Subject-Diverse Weeding" on May 8, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. This presentation, intended for collection development librarians, subject selection specialists, collection managers, and collection support staff, provides an overview of the planning, implementation, and method for a customized collection assessment and weeding of a large multi-subject research collection.

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PLA wraps 2024 conference with strong attendance and engagement

The Public Library Association (PLA) welcomed more than 7,500 public library workers, supporters, and vendors nationwide to celebrate all things public libraries at the PLA 2024 Conference, April 3–5, in Columbus, Ohio, and at the virtual conference.

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Kordeliski Elected 2025-2026 AASL President

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has announced the results of its 2024 election. Members elected Amanda Kordeliski, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Norman Public Schools in Oklahoma, as the 2024-2025 President-Elect. She will serve as the AASL President during the 2025-2026 term and immediate Past President in 2026-2027.

Preservation Week® Webinar: Historical Newspapers in Public Libraries

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures hosts the free Preservation Week® webinar "Historical Newspapers in Public Libraries" on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Join in for discussion of digitization, preservation and access for local historical newspapers with the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Local History & Genealogy team.

Hoboken (NJ) Public Library and Independence (KS) Public Library Awarded ALA’s Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its fifth Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Hoboken (NJ) Public Library and the Independence (KS) Public Library. The winning libraries will bolster their initiatives aimed at promoting food security and addressing homelessness within their communities.

Three Libraries Awarded ALA’s 2024 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant for Exceptional Civic Education Programs

The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its 2024 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader, to the Library System of Bradford County (New Albany, Penn.), Danbury (Conn.) Public Library and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries (Mount Pleasant, Mich.).