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ALA updates: 2/19/2020

Posted By Robin Lesher, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

ALA takes FY 2021 budget cuts seriously, urges members of Congress to visit libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) issued the following statement by ALA President Wanda Brown in response to the White House’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request.

“The White House proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) again dismisses the value of America’s 120,000 academic, public, school and special libraries. The administration’s new budget not only brushes aside IMLS, it decreases funding for other library-eligible education programs.” Read more


Booker, Neal and Rivera to serve on ALA Executive Board

The American Library Association (ALA) Council has elected Latrice Booker, Larry Neal and Alexandra Rivera to serve on the ALA Executive Board. The Executive Board election took place during the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 24-28, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elected board members will begin a three-year term beginning in July 2020 and concluding in June 2023. Read more


New ALA program will help libraries address climate crisis

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the rollout of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program that will help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate crisis. The program has been funded by a generous grant from Andrew and Carol Phelps, the parents of two library master’s students.

To expand the scope of the program, ALA invites additional contributions of any size. All donations made to ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) through Earth Day (April 22) will be used to expand the program to additional libraries. Donate online.

“ALA extends our deepest appreciation to Carol and Andy Phelps for recognizing the potential in libraries to foster education, understanding and connection on even the most challenging topics,” said ALA President Wanda K. Brown. “Libraries are ready to step up their role in combating the misinformation and junk science that clouds public perception and hinders collective action in response to the climate crisis.” Read more


ALSC announces 2020 Notable Children’s Recordings

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2020 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways. Read more

ALA publishes free facilitation skills training materials for small and rural library workers

The American Library Association (ALA) has released a set of free professional development materials to help library workers in small and rural communities develop the facilitation skills they need to thrive in the 21st-century library. Read more


YALSA names 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

The full list consists of 71 titles selected from 104 official nominations, which were posted and discussed in blog posts on The Hub. From that list, and after receiving teen feedback during ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, the team created a short list of the top ten titles. Read more

ALA responds to financial situation

American Library Association (ALA) President Wanda K. Brown and the ALA Executive Board released the following statement in response to financial shortfalls in the current fiscal year operating budget that were first brought to light at the Association’s recent Midwinter Meeting. Read more


Mary Ellen K. Davis announces retirement as ACRL executive director

Mary Ellen K. Davis, executive director of the Association of College & Research (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced her retirement effective April 24, 2020. 

Since 2001, Davis has led the division and inspired innovation and the development of programs that have empowered academic and research librarians to advance learning, transform scholarship, and document their contributions to the broader campus and higher education communities. She leaves office as the longest serving executive director in ACRL’s more than 75-year history. 

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the academic and research library community through my various roles at ACRL,” Davis reflected. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish working together with passionate members and a dedicated staff.” Read more


Joint Working Group on eBooks and Digital Content in Libraries addresses library concerns

The American Library Association established a Joint Working Group on eBooks and Digital Content in Libraries following a resolution passed by ALA’s Council in June 2019 and supported by the ALA Executive Board in October 2019. The Working Group, representing ALA and related library organizations will address library concerns with publishers and content providers. The charges to the committee are to explore, analyze and share the information on various options for improving access to digital content for libraries and the public and to assist in identification of models and strategies to influence decision makers for the future. Read more


ALA receives two grants to help libraries in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

The American Library Association (ALA) has been awarded two $15,000 technology improvement grants by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Southeastern/Atlantic region to provide computers and other technology to enhance access to health resources in libraries in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands who are recovering from recent natural disasters.

Through the grants ALA will also organize training for librarians on important online resources such as MedlinePlus, Health Reach, and PubMed from the National Library of Medicine. Read more


ASGCLA offers tour of Southern Scotland and Northern England

Don't miss the opportunity to experience a seven night, grand literary and history tour of Southern Scotland and Northern England, May 9-16, 2020 with the Association of Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies.

This seven night themed tour of Southern Scotland & Northern England focuses on some of the greatest writers to come from the region. These writers include William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, the Brontës and J.R.R. Tolkien. Read more

2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits – offering visions of hope


ALA awards deadline extended

Katrina Belton awarded Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

Paromita Biswas receives 2020 CRS First Step Award

Croatia Linked Data project wins 2020 International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Awards Mission Enhancement Grant

2020 ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation

Jennifer Hain Teper awarded 2020 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award

Subramaniam awarded 2020 YALSA Outstanding Achievement Award

Abron chosen as 2020 YALSA MAE Award recipient

Maggie Dull selected as winner of the 2020 Esther J. Piercy Award

Julie Renee Moore selected for Margaret Mann Citation

Maria Savova, Jason S. Price awarded 2020 Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award

Alex Valencia, Lynn Whittenberger and Meredith Wynn receive ProQuest Award for Innovation

Magda El-Sherbini receives 2020 Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Homewood Public Library awarded 2020 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

Rachel Ivy Clarke, Sayward Schoonmaker receive ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award


Linked data for the perplexed librarian

The new edition of Donham’s groundbreaking text for school librarians


LLAMA Webinar explores staff succession planning, recruitment, and on-boarding

Learn the latest in Library UX with this LITA webinar

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