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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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Gabriela Gualano receives AASL Frances Henne Award

Gabriela Gualano, teacher librarian at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles, California, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Frances Henne Award. Sponsored by Bloomsbury Libraries Unlimited, the $1,250 award recognizes a school librarian with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers, and administrators. The award will enable Gualano to attend an AASL National Conference for the first time.

Fund Libraries: Tell COngress to Invest in Libraries

ALA launches FY 2025 #FundLibraries campaign, urges Congress to fully fund key federal programs

ALA launches FY 2025 #FundLibraries campaign, urges Congress to fully fund key federal programs.

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: White Supremacy in the Stacks

Core hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: White Supremacy in the Stacks" on May 7, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. This session examines how Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classifications handle books on topics relevant to White Supremacy and how this perpetuates the idea of a color-blind or color-neutral society.

ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers Committee to Host Two Webinars

The ALA Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW) committee invites you to join them for the following two sessions. The first, Empowering Library Workers: Navigating Unionization in Challenging Environments, will be held May 1st, 1:30 – 3:00pm (Central)/ 2:30 – 4:00pm (Eastern). The second, What Comes after Unionization: Effective Engagement with Library Workers, will be held on May 8th, 12:00pm-1:00pm (Central).

James Patterson gives bonuses to library workers & booksellers in celebration of his latest book

In celebration of the release of his latest nonfiction title, "The Secret Lives of Booksellers & Librarians" world’s bestselling author James Patterson is honoring select American Bookseller Association and American Library Association members with bonuses.

Free Core Webinar: Perspectives on Working with International Vendors

Join Core for the free webinar "Perspectives on Working with International Vendors" on April 25, 2024, at 2 p.m. CT. This webinar is sponsored by Core International Relations Committee and Core World Languages Acquisitions Committee. Panelists will share their experiences and offer practical tips for collection development, problem-solving, translation, and interfacing with foreign vendors.

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American Library Association Launches Reader. Voter. Ready. Campaign to Equip Libraries for 2024 Elections

Today the American Library Association (ALA) kicks off its Reader. Voter. Ready. campaign, calling on advocates to sign a pledge to be registered, informed, and ready to vote in all local, state and federal elections in 2024.

cover of The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work, Second Edition, available at the ALA Store.

Newly updated handbook of library architecture

The second edition of “The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture,” published by ALA Editions, covers everything from planning completely new library buildings to small remodeling projects. Library directors, board members, and planning professionals will want this newly updated resource close at hand before, during, and after any library construction project. With a dash of humor, authors Fred Schlipf, Joe Huberty, and John A. Moorman point out many common dysfunctional ideas that have managed to permeate library buildings, using them to guide readers towards adhering to functional essentials of library design at every step in the process.

Unite Against Book Bans expands book résumé collection for National Library Week

To commemorate National Library Week, Unite Against Book Bans has expanded its free collection of book résumés to support librarians, educators, parents, students, and other community advocates in their efforts to keep frequently challenged books on shelves.

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

Join Core for the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Organizing for Open; Aligning Organizational Structures with Open Values" on April 24, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. In the last several years, the amount of open content in the scholarly publishing landscape has grown significantly. Most observers agree that this trend will accelerate in the near future.

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Brad Warren elected vice-president/president-elect

Brad Warren, Dean of Libraries at Augusta University, has been elected ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect. Warren will become president-elect in July 2024 and assume the presidency in July 2025 for a one-year term.

Dr. Brandy McNeil named PLA 2025-2026 president

The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced the results of its 2024 election. Members elected Dr. Brandy McNeil, Deputy Director, Branch Programs and Services, The New York (N.Y.) Public Library, to the office of 2025–2026 PLA president.

ALA/Information Today, Inc. announce 2024 Library of the Future Award

The Las Vegas–Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) has been selected to receive the 2024 ALA/Information Today, Inc., Library of the Future Award. The award, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today Inc., annually recognizes innovative planning, application, or development of focused patron support relating to information technology in libraries, and is given to an individual library or library consortium, group, or support organization.

Jennie Pu, recipient of the 2024 ALA Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession.

Jennie Pu to receive Ernest A. DiMattia Award

Jennie Pu has been named the 2024 winner of ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession.

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Loida Garcia-Febo to receive ALA Medal of Excellence Award

Loida Garcia-Febo, International Library Consultant, Brooklyn, New York has been awarded the ALA Medal of Excellence Award.