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ALA summons support for Library Stabilization Fund Act

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 14:15

Sen. Reed, Rep. Levin introduce bicameral legislation to support libraries

Stories from Inside the Data Warehouse - A 3-part webinar series

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:21
LLAMA webinar series explores data warehouses in academic libraries

ALA Council approves Core; dissolves ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 18:22

CHICAGO—In votes on Tuesday, June 23, and Saturday, June 27, the ALA Council voted to approve Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures as a new ALA division beginning September 1, 2020, and to dissolve the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) effective August 31, 2020. The vote to form Core was 163 to 1.

ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection brings library community together

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 18:08

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s first-ever virtual conference attracted 7,349 attendees and 651 exhibitors.

Created following ALA’s difficult decision to cancel its 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ALA Virtual-Community Through Connection, held June 24-26, 2020, provided a virtual space where librarians and library workers could remain connected during this time of change.

Libraries invited to apply for ALA’s ‘Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change’

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 16:24

New programming grant seeks to propel climate change action in libraries across the United States

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis.

Learn how to create a strong communication plan for your library with this LLAMA webinar

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:18

Learn how to create a strong communication plan for your library with this LLAMA webinar

New from ACRL - “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs”

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:47

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts,” edited by Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Elizabeth Galoozis, and Rebecca Halpern.

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) announces the winner of the 2020 Justin Winsor Library History Essay

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 15:11

CHICAGO — The Library History Round Table (LHRT) is pleased to announce that this year’s Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award winner is Dr. Julie Park for her paper, entitled “Infrastructure Story: The Los Angeles Central Library’s Architectural History.”

Valeria Estefanía Dávila Gronros receives first deg farrelly Memorial/Alexander Street AMIA/FMRT Media Librarian Scholarship

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 14:53

CHICAGO — Ed Tech leader ProQuest announced the first winner of a scholarship presented in collaboration with the Film and Media Roundtable (FMRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

AASL Shares EDI Resources for Educators

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:28

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has released Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) resources created by the 2019-2020 Presidential Initiative Task Force. Advised by AASL President Mary Keeling, the committee, hosted office hours, designed informative bookmarks, and presented a webinar on EDI in the school library. The resources can be found at  

American Libraries’ AL Direct e-newsletter goes weekly starting July 8

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 09:59

CHICAGO—Starting July 8, AL Direct, the e-newsletter of American Libraries magazine, will change to a weekly schedule and showcase an updated design. The newsletter, which is currently mailed on Tuesdays and Fridays, will mail every Wednesday.

Public Library Association launches 2021 health insurance enrollment project

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 11:51

CHICAGO — Through the third cycle of its health insurance enrollment and education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a series of mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support up to 30 U.S.

ALA takes responsibility for past racism, pledges a more equitable association

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:59

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) accepts and acknowledges its role in upholding unjust systems of racism and discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) within the association and the profession.

We recognize that the founding of our Association was not built on inclusion and equity, but instead was built on systemic racism and discrimination in many forms. We also recognize the hurt and harm done to BIPOC library workers and communities due to these racist structures.

ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall says dismantling racism in library and information services is overdue

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 14:21

CHICAGO – During the inaugural ALA Virtual Event this week, American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Tracie D. Hall issued a strong challenge for our nation’s librarians, library professionals and library supporters, calling for support of a workforce that reflects a diverse client base, universal digital access, and a deeper financial commitment to libraries.

Member manager sought for YALSA’s blog, The Hub

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 11:43

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association seeks a member manager for its collection development and content curation blog, The Hub for 2020-2021 term.

Libraries Transform Book Pick digital reading program returns Sept. 14-28 with an epic saga

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:34

CHICAGO – The Libraries Transform Book Pick will return Sept. 14-28, 2020 with its second ebook selection: Lauren Francis-Sharma’s “Book of the Little Axe,” published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. During the lending period, ebook copies of “Book of the Little Axe” will be available without waitlists or holds through U.S. public libraries using OverDrive.

Celebrating how library workers are making a difference for their communities

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:22

CHICAGO — Libraries are community connectors, places where people come together, think together, and learn together. Libraries support and nurture strong, resilient communities. Day in and day out, the library workers at these institutions are doing much more than ensuring equal and equitable access to information; and their impact stretches far beyond the books, programs, and services they facilitate.

ALSC and CLEL launch a Virtual Storytime Services Guide

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 17:58

CHICAGO— During times of crises, libraries continue to play a vital role in connecting their communities to resources, information, and to each other. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) have released a Virtual Storytime Services Guide to assist libraries in creating high quality and meaningful online experiences for their patrons.

New ALA resource, free webinar spotlight changes to the 2020 Census in response to COVID-19

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 17:22

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) released a new publication, “Libraries and the 2020 Census: Adapting Outreach in Response to COVID-19” and announced a free webinar for library staff, “2020 Census: Last Chance for a Complete Count,” to be held on July 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.