Tag Archives: ALA

ALA COVID-19 resources guide path toward reopening and recovery

(15 Jul 2020) Strong libraries are essential to the recovery of communities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help guide communities, library workers and library supporters along the path to recovery, the American Library Association (ALA) today launched a curated, online repository of tools, guides and resources. The ALA COVID-19 Recovery website includes everything from the latest information […]


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ALA releases 2020 State of America’s Libraries report

(20 Apr 2020) Today the American Library Association (ALA) released its 2020 State of America’s Libraries report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, April 19 – 25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year. Although the report focuses on 2019, libraries are shown […]


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ALA launches national campaign against e-book embargo

(11 Sep 2019) Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced a public campaign in response to recent efforts to limit library access to e-books. In a press conference held at the Nashville Public Library during the 2019 Digital Book World conference, ALA debuted an online petition at eBooksForAll.org for members of the public […]


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Carnegie-Whitney awards up to $5,000 for guides to library resources

(10 Sep 2019) The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Funded projects have ranged from “A Resource Guide about Disabilities, […]


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2018-2019 CALA Mentorship Program

(13 December 2018) We are pleased to announce that the 2018/2019 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Mentorship Program is now open for applications. CALA welcomes mentees and mentors from the Asia Pacific region. English is our working language. CALA is an affiliate of the American Library Association. It is the only professional organization in North America […]


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International librarianship as professional development

(19 July 2018, Chicago) Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing […]


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A comprehensive guidebook for library financial management

(30 April 2018, Chicago) Presenting financial management principles and best practices applicable to both public and academic libraries, William W. Sannwald’s “Financial Management for Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, elucidates a broad array of issues crucial for those entering a managerial position. Both thorough and straightforward, Sannwald’s treatment: gives readers a solid grounding in the […]


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ALA Nepal Library Relief Fund donates $2,500 to community library in Himalayas

(3 January 2016, Chicago)   The American Library Association (ALA) has donated $2,500 from its Nepal Library Relief Fund to the READ Global (Rural Education and Development) Center in Tukche village in the Mustang district of Nepal. A community library and resource center, the READ Center is being rebuilt after sustaining significant damage during the 2015 […]


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New Library Privacy Guidelines offer strategies for protecting patron data in the digital environment

(1 August 2016, Chicago) The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee has approved four new library privacy guidelines that outline strategies and best practices for protecting patron privacy in the digital environment. The guidelines address online privacy and data security and are intended to assist librarians, libraries, schools and vendors in developing policies and procedures that […]


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Marshall Breeding’s library technology buying strategies

(14 June 2016, Chicago) The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than proprietary […]


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Policymakers: 3D printing in libraries advances education and entrepreneurship

(9 December 2015, Washington, D.C.)  Libraries are now the leading place where the public accesses 3D printers. Whether it’s to provide increased opportunities for children to experiment with new technologies or encourage new technology-based innovation in small business, policymakers should look to include libraries in their policies and programs. Toward A More Printed Union:  Library […]


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ALA honors international innovators from Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Canada

(6 October 2015)  The American Library Association  Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an initiative of Loriene Roy, 2007–2008 ALA president. Since its inception, 34 groups have been recognized. Earlier this year, ALA President Courtney L. Young, with support from the International Relations Round Table Advisory Award Committee, honored four libraries with […]


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How to become an embedded librarian

(17 September 2015, Chicago)    Embedded librarianship is “not one size fits all,” yet many books on the subject treat it in a cold, objective manner that doesn’t adequately communicate how becoming an embedded librarian actually works in the real world.  But in “Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom,” published by ALA Editions, […]


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ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

(27 June 2015) Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries (pdf) to guide a proactive policy shift. […]


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“The Establishment of Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies” Awarded 2015 ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects

(17 May 2015) NCL’s “The Establishment of Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS)—Global Promotion of Chinese Studies of the National Central Library, R.O.C. (Taiwan)” was awarded the 2015 Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Project by the American Library Association (ALA). The NCL representative will be present to receive the framed citation from Courtney […]


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