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My Kind of Town

Chicago was more than ready for the merriment that thousands of librarians brought to the American Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference. Keep the spirit of Chicago alive this summer with some of these books, films, podcasts, and cultural touchstones.

10 librarians honored for community service

Ten librarians from around the country are each receiving $5,000 prizes for contributions ranging from helping foreign language speakers to music education. The American Library Association told The Associated Press … Click to Continue »

Finding and Partnering with Trainers for Tech Programs

Community access and technology training are crucial components of public library services. The American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Digital Inclusion Survey found that “those who receive formal digital literacy training were significantly...Show More Summary

Short List Announced for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the six books short-listed for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, given for the previous year’s best adult titles published in the United States. The short-listed fiction titles all comment on American history and culture. Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach (Scribner) is the 2011 Pulitzer […]

‘Mockingbird’ Removed from Reading List

A Mississippi school district has decided to pull Harper Lee‘s To Kill a Mockingbird from its junior-high reading list because it “makes people uncomfortable.” The novel, which frequently tops the American Library Association’s “Frequently Challenged Book” list, tackles racism. Show More Summary

ALA Launches Policy Corps

On October 3 the American Library Association (ALA) launched the ALA Policy Corps, an initiative that will bring together a core group of library practitioners from across the field and help them develop a deep expertise in public policy issues.

Banned Books at the University of St Andrews

This week, 24-30th September, celebrates Banned Books week. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration, launched in 1982 by the American Library Association, aimed at promoting the freedom to read. […]

Sex, Politics and the Banned Books of 2016

The American Library Association revealed its annual Top Ten Most Challenged Book List, revealing a glimpse of some of the issues that concern Americans.

This is a Job for Super Regulator!, by Amy Willis

What if librarians were charged with coming up with the next search engine? Would the legal infrastructure in place today support, complicate, or even hinder their efforts? Would the American Library Association be of help? Would they...Show More Summary

ALA Offers Support for Clovis-Carver Public Library in Wake of Shooting

American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico, "We are shocked and saddened by the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico," said Neal. Show More Summary

September/October 2017 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The September/October 2017 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online. It is the monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries.Among the feature articles are: Transforming Customer Service in the Post-Digital Law Library Read/Write: Artificial Intelligence Libraries New Attitude: Adapting to the Changing Legal Landscape Legal Workplaces of the Future

Library Association Statements About Racist Violence in Charlottesville

In the wake of the racist marches by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, American library associations have issued important anti-racist statements.American Library Association: "The ALA expresses...Show More Summary

Sally Gardner Reed on 15 Years of Uniting for Libraries

As executive director of United for Libraries (UFL), the American Library Association (ALA) division that supports library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations, Sally Gardner Reed has been the organization’s driving force since 2002. Reed will be retiring at the end of July, having seen the organization grow and change greatly over the past 15 years, […]

Remarks and Highlights from the 2017 Conference by New AALL President

Greg Lambert of 3 Geeks and a Law Blog fame is the new president of the American Association of Law Libraries which held its most recent annual conference in Austin, Texas.Lambert blogged about some of the conference highlights and his inaugural speech as new leader of the association.

Law Librarians Being Awesome

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Thanks to unjust state policies, this may be the last time the American Association of Law Libraries conference is held in Texas.

“Acting for Humanity”: Libraries Worldwide Respond to UN Sustainable Development Goals | ALA Annual 2017

The majority of the offerings at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago focused on libraries and library-related content based in the United States and Canada. A notable exception was the International Relations...Show More Summary

OITP’s Report from the Swamp | ALA Annual 2017

Looking beyond the headlines to examine public policy issues that affect the American Library Association (ALA), panelists at the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) session “Report from the Swamp: Policy Developments from Washington” discussed the need for ongoing vigilance—and also promising avenues for advocacy.

Meet United for Libraries’ New Executive Director, President-Elect

United for Libraries (UFL), the division of the American Library Association that supports library trustees, Friends, and foundations, recently filled two major leadership positions. Skip Dye, VP of library marketing and digital sales...Show More Summary

United for Libraries Author Panels | ALA Annual 2017

As always, the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) annual conference featured well-attended author panels sponsored by United for Libraries, the ALA division representing library trustees, advocates, and friends groups. This year’s...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Gives Closing Speech | ALA Annual 2017

An attentive crowd of more than 3,200 listened to Hillary Clinton give the closing keynote for The American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference on June 27. The politician reflected on her time as a presidential candidate and U.S. Senator from New York, but not before expressing how grateful she was to be among librarians in her native Chicago. […]

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