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ALA News update: April 21st - Includes information about Virtual Conference

Posted By Robin Lesher, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Mark your calendar, ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, June 24-26, 2020

American Library Association (ALA) will host ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection, an online event that will offer educational programming, special author events, and social networking on June 24-26, 2020. ALA looks forward to this unique opportunity for members and library supporters to stay connected as we move forward to empower our profession and support our communities. Read more

National Library Week, April 19-25, 2020, celebrates libraries’ resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

The novel Coronavirus crisis has dramatically and quickly changed American life.   Most libraries have closed their physical buildings on the recommendation of public health officials and the American Library Association (ALA), but remain open for business online and continue to support their communities with resources, services and programs.

As the impact of the current public health crisis continues to evolve and change the work of libraries and library workers, libraries are proving resourceful and resilient, serving as a rich pipeline for content, delivering access to ebooks, movies, music, video games, virtual storytimes and activities, and so much more.

Just as libraries are pivoting in response to the current situation, the ALA is changing the focus of its annual National Library Week celebration, April 19-25, 2020.

The theme for National Library Week (NLW) 2020, “Find your place at the library,” was chosen before the emergence of the global pandemic. To acknowledge our altered landscape, ALA flipped the script a bit on the theme. “Find the library at your place” highlights how libraries are offering virtual services and digital content their communities need now more than ever. Read more

ALA releases 2020 State of America’s Libraries report

The American Library Association (ALA) has 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. Read more

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Martha Hickson receives AASL Intellectual Freedom Award

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announced as 2020 Student Chapter of the Year Award Winner

Stefanie Throndson receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

'The Power Project' receives AASL Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award

Samantha Grabus wins 2020 LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

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