Category Archives: ALA-APA News

ALA Establishes ReMember Fund to Help Members During Times of Financial Insecurity

The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new fund intended to help library workers face financial challenges.

The ReMember Fund, established with initial funding from ALA, will allow current members to ensure that their fellow library workers can retain membership and connection with vital resources and a vibrant and committed network during times of financial need. Unemployed library workers can apply to receive a one-time-only sponsorship to cover ALA basic membership dues for one year.

Seed funding will sponsor at … Read the rest

ALA Announces $1.25M Emergency Fund for Libraries Impacted by COVID-19

The American Library Association (ALA) announced it would make available $1.25M in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites the public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for $30,000 to $50,000. These funds will bolster library operations and services, including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, expanding outreach, and maintaining and amplifying existing … Read the rest

Moving Sale!

Spring has sprung, and ALA would like to put a spring in your step with savings on a wide range of materials as we prepare for our move to a new warehouse in June. Save 50% on 450+ books, posters, bookmarks and more. This limited-time offer is good only on the ALA Store while supplies last. Browse through sale items now!Read the rest

Annual Conference Registration Open

Are you looking for new strategies to deal with the rapid pace of change in the library field? Want to stay up-to-date on what matters most to your day-to-day work and library needs? Want to connect with recruiters and job seekers? Looking for networking opportunities?

If so, join us at the 2021 Annual Conference & Exhibition (Virtual), June 23-29, 2021.

Advance registration rates are available through April 16!  Register today!

ALA Members who have been furloughed, laid off, or are Read the rest

How Will You Celebrate Your Staff for NLWD?

During the pandemic, library workers have gone above and beyond what’s required to continue meeting library users’ needs. Let’s celebrate these stars! If you need some ideas, see our list. Start planning now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Recognize the people who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers Day (#NLWD21) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by those who work Read the rest

We Lost Two Giants in the Library World

This year, we lost two giants in the advocacy fight for pay equity for library workers. Michele (Mike) M. Leber and Margaret Myers both passed away this year.

Michele (Mike) M. Leber was particularly active as the leader of the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) working to close the wage gap. She also served on the Better Salaries/Pay Equity Task Force which was created by American Library Association President (2002-03) Maurice (Mitch) J. Freedman. The mission of the TF Read the rest

Enitweta Y. Lavergne Named First African American Director of the Evangeline Parish Library (La)

Enitweta Yvonne Lavergne became the first African American Director of the Evangeline Parish Library (Louisiana).  A 2015 graduate of the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program, Lavergne began working at the library in 2008 in the Chataignier branch on a part-time basis.  “This changed my life,” she said. She worked for 32 years in the banking industry in San Diego and retired as Assistant Vice President of Union Bank of San Diego, where she managed the employee loan department. Read the rest

Susan Baier Named Executive Director of Allen County Public Library (In)

The Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Susan Baier as the next executive director of the Allen County Public Library. A 2016 graduate of the ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator program (CPLA), Baier received her MLS from the University of Kentucky. Currently, Baier is the director of the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, Kentucky.

Baier commented, “It’s the honor of a lifetime to lead Allen County Public Library. I’m thrilled Read the rest

National Library Workers Day is Coming!

During the pandemic, library workers have gone above and beyond what’s required to continue meeting library users’ needs. Let’s celebrate these stars! Start planning now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Recognize all library workers who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers Day (#NLWD21) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged Read the rest

How to Thrive in Uncertain Times Complimentary Webinar

As part of our efforts to support library workers during these difficult times, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host a free webinar entitled How to Thrive in Uncertain Times on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (Central). Register now, as space is limited.

Yes, we are in the middle of really challenging times. But that does not mean you have to step back, feel helpless, or exhaust yourself with anxiety. You can move forward Read the rest