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Conable Conference Scholarship Application Now Open

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA’s Annual Conference. The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing (six nights), and a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. The deadline to apply is April 26, 2024. For more information, visit the Conable Conference Scholarship page.

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ALA Election Open Through April 3

The ALA Election period is March 11 to April 3, 2024. Current personal ALA members may participate and vote for ALA President, ALA Councilors-at-Large, and on ALA bylaws amendments, as well as leaders for divisions and round tables to which they belong.

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ALA Women’s Groups to Host Bridging the Gap: Supporting Women in Librarianship – A Conversation with ALA Presidents, March 25

In celebration of Women’s History Month (observed every March), the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL), the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Women & Gender Studies Section (ACRL – WGSS) and the Social Responsibilities Round Table’s Feminist Task Force (SRRT – FTF) will jointly host ‘Bridging the Gap: In Support of Women in Librarianship – A conversation with ALA Presidents on March 25, 2024, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Central). Register now to attend Read the rest

Who Are Your Library Stars? It’s Time to Recognize Them

Library workers continue to go above and beyond what’s required to meet the needs of library users. Let’s celebrate these stars! Start planning now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Recognize the people who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers’ Day (#NLWD24) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends to acknowledge the valuable contributions made by those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged to host celebrations Read the rest

ALA Appoints Leslie Burger as Interim Executive Director

The ALA Executive Board announced on November 15, that Leslie Burger has been appointed as ALA’s new interim executive director. Burger served as ALA president for the 2006–2007 term. She also served as executive director of Princeton (N.J.) Public Library (PPL) from 1999–2016. Currently, Burger is a founding partner of Library Development Solutions, a library consulting service, in New York City and an adjunct professor of library science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. ALA’s Executive Board is Read the rest

Executive Director Tracie D. Hall Resigned from the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) announced that Tracie D. Hall resigned from her role as executive director following nearly four transformative years at the Association. Her last day was Friday, October 6.

In addition to programmatic expansion, Hall, who assumed her leadership role two weeks before the declaration of the Covid-19 pandemic, worked to successfully grow ALA’s membership and rebuild its financial health. Under her leadership, ALA received the largest unrestricted grants in its history and allocated more than $10 Read the rest

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees alike. The theme for NDEAM 2023 is “Advancing Access and Equity.

Commenting on the significance of NDEAM, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams stated, “National Disability Employment Awareness Month reminds us of the valued contributions people with disabilities make in our nation’s workplaces.”Read the rest

ALA Announces Steps to Support LGBTQIA+ Library Workers

The American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board issued a statement in support of LGBTQIA+ library workers on August 8. The statement announced a task force that will develop a strategy for addressing retaliatory employment cases against LGBTQIA+ librarians and library staff. The task force will also formulate a communications plan to highlight related resources and support available from ALA. The statement reads as follows:

The American Library Association reaffirms its unwavering commitment to upholding the values of equity and inclusivity Read the rest

Public Service Recognition Week

It’s Public Service Recognition Week, which recognizes public servants (including library workers employed by local, state, or federal governments). President Biden issued a proclamation recognizing the week.Read the rest

Recognitions of Library Workers

Thanks to all who nominated STARS in recognition and celebration of National Library Workers Day (#NLWD23). Take a glance at the Galaxy of Stars.

Also, last week (May 7-13, 2023) was Public Service Recognition Week, which recognizes public servants (including library workers employed by local, state, or federal governments). President Biden issued a proclamation recognizing the week.
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